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2009/07/14 11:31:18 (permalink)

Dog advice...

Ok here is the scenario...
 
Bought a new house, quite a large garden, lots of space for a dog to run around really.  Would love to get a dog companion, as love dogs/animals.  HOWEVER, I could only walk the dog when I woke up in the morning, and after work, and it would be left on its own (in the garden) during the day (til about 6pm when I got home).  It would always get those 2 walks per day, but couldn't do any more except on weekends.  I would expect to have the dog inside in eves/overnight though as not keen on leaving them outside overnight.
 
Is this acceptable for medium-to-low exercise needing dogs?  Is this too much time alone?  Any particular breeds that people would recommend for such a set-up?  Or am I being unrealistic and not fair on an animal with such a set-up?
 
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 11:38:11 (permalink)
    Personally I think its fine.

    Ive got a staff who is left on his own from about 8.30 until 4.30, we had a dog flap fitted so he can come and go as he pleases, and we always make sure he has plenty of toys and things to chew, doesnt seem to have done him any harm.
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 11:44:35 (permalink)
    Perhaps consider getting 2 dogs as one could keep the other company while your away for long hours.
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 11:47:13 (permalink)
    As above, we have a rotty who as a breed needs loads of exercise, but same as your idea MCL. he gets walked morning and evening. and he used to be left inside between 9-5, missus is off at min with our 1st born tho but i think its fine too...

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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 11:47:20 (permalink)
    I think that's fine and exactly what we used to do when we had a dog when i was a kid. Initially tho as a puppy i think parents took it to work (own business with factory unit so no probs). Then it was left in garden between around 9am to 4pm. Taken out for walks at 8am and 4pm. It was a border collie. If i was to get a dog in future i'd go for german shepard i think though; intelligent loyal and nice dogs.

    Are you getting the dog as a puppy? Not sure how you could work it if so.
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 11:51:39 (permalink)
    sounds like your scenario is pretty similar to most people who have go a dog!!

    i would get one from a dogs home!  around a 6 months to year old so you dont have to worry about a puppy!  but keep going in until you find the dog you like i garantee u will and then you givin a dog another chance at a decent life
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 11:53:50 (permalink)
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    Perhaps consider getting 2 dogs as one could keep the other company while your away for long hours.


    God no. our neighbours have done that with jack russels, once one barks the other does when it stops. then the first barks when it 2nd stops, and this sometimes goes on for hours!!



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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 11:58:41 (permalink)
    I won't leave my dog alone for long periods - i just seems a bit mean but then I can take her into work with me. Before I could do that I had a dog minder.

    Of course that's just my opinion and I cant really say wether I think it's actually right or wrong to leave a dog - I just dont like doing it.
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 12:09:27 (permalink)
    That situation's fine for an adult dog mate - but puppies (and to a lesser extent new adult dogs) need constant supervision and company


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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 12:21:48 (permalink)
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    shane278

    Perhaps consider getting 2 dogs as one could keep the other company while your away for long hours.


    God no. our neighbours have done that with jack russels, once one barks the other does when it stops. then the first barks when it 2nd stops, and this sometimes goes on for hours!!


    Not all dogs carry on like that.
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 12:24:54 (permalink)
    I have a Rhidesian Ridgeback, couldnt reccomend this type of dog enough if thats what your planning tbh.

    Not sure if she is typical of the breed or not, but all she does is sleep sleep sleep!!! I witness this on my days off, she just loves to sleep hahaha.

    She was left outside during the day from about 4 months to 12 months, she just made the shed her den and loved it. Then since she has calmed down she now stays in the house on her own, just have to hide any books/magazines as for some reason she cant resist them!
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 12:51:02 (permalink)
    Depends on the dog some will take it others will not ,also breed dogs like staffies and Jack Russells love people and need a lot of time with them without it they can become moody

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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 13:09:25 (permalink)
    S777

    I have a Rhidesian Ridgeback, couldnt reccomend this type of dog enough if thats what your planning tbh.

    Not sure if she is typical of the breed or not, but all she does is sleep sleep sleep!!! I witness this on my days off, she just loves to sleep hahaha.

    She was left outside during the day from about 4 months to 12 months, she just made the shed her den and loved it. Then since she has calmed down she now stays in the house on her own, just have to hide any books/magazines as for some reason she cant resist them!


    Nah my parents have 3 mate, and they are all the same as that.


    Tbh i wouldn't buy/get a dog if it was to be left alone all day, but thats just my opinion. Sure as Drab says for an adult dog its fine, but for a pup especially imho its wrong.
    Keep in mind you wont realise (or maybe you do if you have had dogs previous) how much of a commitment they actually are, and require more stimulation that a walk in the morning and a walk at night - those early morning walks are a hard slog as well when its -10 and pitch black, alongside any activities you have in the evening training/nights out which added to the time left alone in the day and your boy will be spending the majority of his time alone


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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 13:32:42 (permalink)
    Thanks for the replies. 

    Its not a pup, its a 2yr old (in november) great dane cross, but nowhere near the size of a normal dane, is a lab size but thinner.  All black, gorgeous dog.

    Just spoke with the owner (due to divorce he needs it rehomed ASAP as wife used to look after the dog).  Apparently he only gets it walked once a day and she is fine with that, so would see 2 walks a day as heaven he said.  Also she is currently left at home alone all day with no problems...

    So sounds like the characteristics of a great dane with regards to exercise (they surprisingly don't need that much), but hopefully doesn't have the poor health of a dane!  But she looks adorable and if I don't take her, she'll go to the cats and dogs home til an owner is found.  I visit the RSPCA home here often and find it sad, I think any dog would much rather be in a loving home even if left during week days!

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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 13:40:33 (permalink)
    Sounds fine to me, and two dogs would be great if they get on?

    Look at rescue dogs, lots of poor dogs get neglected and nobody wants the adult ones, they only want pups.

    My parents for a rescue lab (granted it was young, about 12-18 months (but fully grown) when they got him but he's an absolutely tremendous dog, never come across a dog with such character!

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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 13:41:56 (permalink)
    Sounds a nice looking dog - love all black danes, just wish they werent sooo big

    Sounds like its a match made in heaven then tbh, some breeds are happy to be alone all day, and also individual dogs are all different as well so sounds like you got yourself a ready made perfect dog......unless ofc the owner is making it up and he secretly chews through 3 inner doors per week in his quest for something to do

    Post some pics please if you get him.
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 13:53:11 (permalink)
    Definitely get the dog, you will surprise yourself how attached to it you get. 

    If the dog is used to being alone its fine, plenty of toys, maybe leave the radio on or something, it will be fine. Will you leave it in your utility with the back door open and say a basket in the utility or something for it to lye on.
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 14:00:25 (permalink)
    Post up a photo if you get the dog.
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 14:00:28 (permalink)
    My mum and sister are dog groomers/pet carers

    They advise that generally speaking dogs shouldnt be left alone, espescially younger/bigger and more engergetic dogs.

    An old dog, I can understand but younger dogs can sometimes, chew things, when they are bored and pretty much cause chaos.

    We have three dogs, a Staffy, Jack russel,  and a Yorkie and they all play together and keep each other company when we are out
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    Re:Dog advice... 2009/07/14 14:14:17 (permalink)
    I understand about not leaving dogs alone, but in the real world, if that was always the case many dogs couldn't be homed.  She will be in a loving, caring home and will get good care, good vet care as I will spend the money, good food, attention and love when I am there!  IMHO, having been to the rescue home, it could be in there for ages as its not a puppy.  It wouldn't get the same level of attention/care in the RSPCA home IMO.  My concerns were not a concern of the current owner - someone who has a respectable job where I work and so I am quite trusting of and don't think he's making things up, it all seems very genuine.  Basically, she comes as part of my family (ie. me and her LOL!) or goes to the RSPCA kennels.  TO me its a no-brainer if she's grown up being left alone and seems happy during the day like that with 1-2 walks a day (I'd def give her 2).  In an ideal world I could bring her into work but things are different here than in america (many labs in the states people bring their dogs in!!).

    I've got some pics of the girl, I think she's gorgeous.  Doesn't look like a Dane to me but larger head than a lab!



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