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  • For those who have a dog(s) and work away from home..

    This Q is directed at those who have 1 or more dogs and who work away from home for standard 8+ hours (and assume no spouse/SO/other family member is home all day)-

    What do you do with your dog(s) while at work? Do you do doggy daycare? Hire a dog walker every day? Or is your dog ok alone allday that you are gone?

    Also, where do you keep you dog(s)? Inside, in crate, outside in kennel?

    Trying to plan and see what is reasonable. Obviously puppies need more frequent care and potty breaks- my question is more for the fully grown/adult dog.

  • #2
    My current and prior dog have come to the office with me, but my first dog didn't. When she was an adult, she stayed home alone, loose in my apartment with a kong with biscuits in it, for the whole workday. My commute was very short - maybe 10 minutes. A longer commute would complicate things. This was before dog walkers became commonplace here, and forget doggie daycare. It was fine. I made sure she had a long walk every morning (45 minutes, probably - shorter when she was tired from a weekend at the barn) and a lot of exercise in the evening. Honestly, both of my office dogs - and the current one is a 1 1/2 year old Portuguese Water Dog, so not by nature a couch potato - have just slept all day anyway.

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    • #3
      All of my dogs, previous and current (10+), none any younger than 1 year old, mostly housebroken, all stay in the house uncrated while DH and I are at work (9 hours). Naturally, there were some accidents and a modification had to be done for one rescue who was not as housebroken as we thought. We then confined her with gates to a loft area for a couple of months and that seemed to do the trick. We also learned to pick up remote controls, keep food away from the edge of counter tops and basically dog proof the house. I have three dogs currently.

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      • #4
        I have a job that might keep me away from home too many hours some days, not predictably. For my first dog I built a 32' dog run along one side of the house. It has a chain link top. I put in a through-the-wall dog door out to it, and a dog pen indoors. My pup was too young to run loose in the house when I was away. As she got older she was fine inside, but I knew someone whose dogs got out when their house was broken into. I decided my dog would be better off enclosed when I wasn't home.

        When I got a second dog, I divided the outdoor pen, and got a second dog door and pen. I was concerned the new puppy would pester my older dog too much while unsupervised. The dogs can go out to the runs as they wish, into a secure, locked enclosure, or inside to their beds, etc. This has worked great, for multiple dogs over the years, and each pen/run is more than comfortable for two dogs each.

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        • #5
          We have 8 dogs and both of us work full time away from our farm. 6 stay crated and 2 have free roam of the house during the day. I crate mainly for their safety and the kitties' safety. They are fine...sometimes there are accidents but they are pretty rare. They sleep most of the day based on what we can see on a webcam.

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          • #6
            We work full time and are gone 8-12 hours a day. My ancient cat and dog have access to a huge fenced yard via a dog door, multiple water bowls and both have kibble available, but we feed wet in the AM and PM. Oh and I also have cameras in the house and outside that I can view from my phone.

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            • #7
              Work full time and dogs stay home with frozen Kongs and chews to keep them busy. I'm not a huge fan of leaving dogs together unsupervised for long periods to time (especially with treats involved), so they are gated off in different parts of the house. They manage just fine with the occasional accident. For puppies, I have someone come in midday until they are old enough to make it through the day.

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              • #8
                I'm on my second set of two. I feel like having two provides company when I'm gone. When I had the farm, I had a run with access to a sun porch. When I moved off the farm, I told the real estate agent that my only absolute was a fenced in yard. It's small but it's a 7' privacy fence. There is a tool shed in there and I use that for shelter (put the dog house in the tool shed). They are in the yard all the time I am gone unless the weather is really nasty (hot, thunder storms, etc.). Then, I hate it but they stay in crates. They are both two and still chew things up. I come home at lunch to let them out in that case.
                Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe

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                  Thx all for the feedback!

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                  • #10
                    We have always had our dogs in a fenced yard when we're at work. We've always had 2+ dogs. They have a smallish yard and access to a mudroom to get out of the weather if they want. We did have to make some modifications for the diggers so they couldn't dig under the fence.

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                    • #11
                      When I need to go into the office (2-3 days/wk) I send my youngest (~2yrs) to doggy day care which she absolutely loves. The older two (10+yrs) stay home; they would hatehatehate daycare and honestly they just sleep all day regardless. They are home ~9hrs and while I used to feel bad about that, when I was afforded the opportunity to work from home a few days a week I realized that when I was home, they went out probably once in 12 hours and only because I forced them out; otherwise they would've just continued lounging around.

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                      • #12
                        I have a single dog who stays home when I work 8+hrs. I have tried twice to have him accept a companion with no dice so he is alone. It frankly kills me but he says it's fine. He has the run of the house and yard via the dog door. He destroyed my house (destructive dog, but 100% potty trained from 12 weeks, thank you dog door) until he turned two and now is completely reliable. It was trying times but he's a dog. It's to be expected. I always say I love my dog vastly more then I love my carpet/throw pillows/his own bed so meh. You clean it up.

                        I would love to do doggy day care but 1) it is incredibly expensive and totally out of my budget, even one day/week, and 2) he does NOT like other dogs so it's really not an option anyway.
                        Power to the People

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                        • #13
                          Dog walker comes in the afternoon and can make extra visits if needed. 2 of three currently crated when I'm not home. Will hopefully end up with them all loose in the house, but one destroyed couch last year taught me that Eddie wasn't ready to be trusted. I'm usually away 12 hours including the commute.

                          I don't like leaving them access to the yard without someone there. The collie tends to bark...

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                          • #14
                            We have 2 dogs. One of which is my husbands service dog, so he goes to work with him everyday. Our other dog goes to daycare Monday, Wednesday and Friday.We both work full time for the same company and we're gone around 10-12 hours a day. Sometimes my husband can work from home though.They're both labs so have loads of energy! I find daycare 3 days a week, with a rest day between is really beneficial for both our dog and our wallet. If he went 5 days a week i think he'd be too tired to really enjoy it. On Tuesday and Thursday he has the run of the house, minus our bedroom (my cat stays in there with her food, water and litter). I have a baby camera set up in the lounge so I can check on him throughout the day. He's good at holding it until we get home too. He also gets a big run in the morning before work on the days he stays home.
                            A Kiwi living in New England
                            Grade V Para Dressage rider

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                            • #15
                              I have two dogs, and I go home every day at lunch to let them out to potty + let them sniff around the yard for a bit.

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                              • #16
                                For over 25 years I was able to take my dog to work. (In that time, I had 1 dog who retired, she decided she didn't like the office, so she chose to stay home. When she died, the next dog came to work). About a year and a half ago, our office moved to a building we shared with another tenant, who did not like having dogs in the office, so my two had to stay home. I was really worried about them, but they have adjusted just fine. If I know I am going to have meetings in the evening, I run home (20 minutes each way) and let them out, or ask a friend to keep them for the day. The current two are 13 year old Cockers, and they sleep in the kitchen all day. Sadly one of them has cancer, and won't be with me much longer, so I wish I could still bring him.

                                That said, I wouldn't do it with a puppy this way.

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                                • #17
                                  When I worked a full time job, at one point I had a Rottweiler (M); a Lab/Sharpei (M); a Beagle/Mix (F) and a cat. They all stayed in the house while I was at work but the back of the house was blocked off for the cat.

                                  Because of my hours away from home and work was a good hour drive, I free-fed and they had a big water bucket in the kitchen. They never fought, never chewed anything up, never had accidents in the house. Just never did anything wrong

                                  Those Blessed dogs and the cat, moved 2,200 miles with me to our retirement home and lived out their lives on this farm. They were the first of many laid to rest in the Pet Sematary but I have never had a dog trio with such exemplary behavior as those three rescues were. I could take them to the vet's office and the three of them had more manners than some people's children

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                                  • #18
                                    I went back to work this fall after being home with my 3 dogs all day so I built a kennel in/off my garage. It is insulated and heated, with outside runs.

                                    Long ago (first dog) we had a dog walker mid-day until he was an adult, and my ex-dh and I shifted our schedules a bit so he wasn't home more than 7-8 hours (I went in early, he went in late). It worked fairly well. Dog was crated when we were not home.

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                                    • #19
                                      I looked into doggie day care for my three, but it was going to cost $60/day, so they stay home.

                                      The youngster stays in the laundry room behind a dog gate, but the two senior dogs get the run of the place. My new house has the waterproof laminate flooring throughout in case the older ones start having trouble lasting until I get home, but so far, so good.
                                      "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive

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                                      • #20
                                        We have one dog, we both work full time. Dog is home for 8-9 hours daily by herself. (well, we have a cat, but otherwise she is alone..). It is how I have always had dogs and t works fine.

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