I typically work from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. I am considering getting an English Bulldog. My concern is that it is cruel to leave the dog alone all day. If I assume that it is okay for the dog to be alone I do not know if it is best to leave the dog in a crate all day, in a sectioned off room where he/she cannot get into trouble(chewing, etc.), or let him/her roam the house once they are toilet trained. Can anyone give me some advice on what is best for my future pet and the cleanliness of my home.
Hi! Let me start by saying there are tons of pet owners who work all day and have to leave their pets at home. There is a training book for people who work and/or have busy schedules. I think it's called "The Weekend Dog". Second, if you do decide to crate the dog, which really bothers me to do to an animal, I would have someone you trust, or a pet walker come in and walk the dog and play with him during the day. If you don't like the crate idea, sectioning him off in a room that won't get much damage or it won't matter if it gets much damage would be okay. A bathroom or kitchen with a linoleum floor would be good as long as you have provided food, water and strong, tough chew toys. Make sure the food and water can't be tipped over, otherwise he/she will go without. Also, make sure any dangerous items are not within reach or in any cabinet they can chew through to get to. Basically it's just like childproofing!! It's best to get a pet when you will be around for a few days to it get acclimated to it's new house.If you can take a long weekend, or a long holiday or vacation,that would be great. That way you both will have several days to get to know each other before you head off to work. Keep in mind that what are not interested in one day, may be destroyed later. No matter how much puppy proofing you do, things will get chewed on, pottied on and slobbered on. We got our 2nd dog (a 4-month old Golden) now before we replace the carpet that our older Golden potty trained on and our kids had accidents while potty-training on!! It's fine to have a dog while you have a job, as long as you spend quality time with it when you are home---playing, walks, etc. What drives me nuts are the people who get a pet thinking it will keep their kids busy or that it will look picture perfect curled up at their feet. You get out of your pet what you put in. Time invested during puppyhood will reap great rewards later. You can achieve that and work at the same time------good luck!!
I forgot to add that once my animals are house-trained and the destructive chewing is done, they have the run of the house, however, I am a stay-home mom who is not gone from the house more than several hours at a time. 8-9 hours is a lot of time to expect even an adult dog to "hold it". My sister in-law runs home during her lunch hour to potty and feed her dogs--that might be an option, if you could do that. If not, a pet walker or trusted friend is still another good option.
I work all day but my husband has his own business so he can come and go. I have a 3 1/2 year old rottweiler who roams the house but he is potty trained and not destructive anymore. I also have an 11 week old boxer who is crated when no one is home. My benefit is my husband's work schedule so the puppy isn't crated all day long. Maybe you can get a friend or neighbor to come over twice a day to let the dog outside, let him stretch his legs or look for a doggie daycare. There is a business in my area that will come to your house and let your dogs outside, feed them and play with them. I know I wouldn't want a stranger coming in my house though.
HelloJBT555, I just got a puppy and yes it is hard working and having a puppy. Sometimes some people say if you have a relative like your mother that stays at home see if she would help you out. That is the advice I got. But what I was able to do and not many people can is I change my shift at work I use to work 8am-4pm and now I work 10pm-8am. So I can train the dog. Plus I have a 2 month old baby! So I changed my shift because of the baby and puppy! LOL! GOOD LUCK!
I like the professional dog walkers if you can't be at home all day. We have some in our area, they come to our clinic when pets are boarding just to take them for long walks, they do transportation and go to the home 2 to 3 times a day depending on what the owner wants. This way, most dogs are ready to do what the owner likes when they come home, go out for a walk, play or just be with their owner. It may get a little pricey sometimes, but I think its a great idea. Just make sure the company you use is reputable, or better yet, if there is a family member to do some walking for you during the day. My daughter and I will be going this weekend to take my son and daughter-in-laws pup for walks, (5 month old golden), he's not destructive, but pees alot. He is still crated when they are not home. I think that is why the housebreaking is taking so long, but boy is he a cutie bug.
For those of you who have answered JBT's question, is this advice only for when the puppy is young? i.e. once the dog is housebroken and CAN hold it for the time he/she is at work, is it still suggested to have someone like a professional come and let the dog out? Or are you just suggesting this while the puppy is still learning?
I have clients that still do it even though their dogs are older. It just makes the pet feel a little better. The owner also feels better knowing that their pet is getting out at least once before they get home.