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How much time do you spend with your dog?

I am curious how much time everyone spends with their dog. I feel like I am always with Stella and it is starting to wear me out. I remember feeling this way when my kids were little....
Monday-Friday it's me and Stella 20/5. She is with me the whole day other than the 4 hours I work in the evening. Or when I put her in doggie day care for a 4 hour session. (which I am thinking of increasing) I am having a hard time getting anything done other than dog things.
On the weekend it is pretty much the same thing. I don't work but my dh and me might go out for breakfast or dinner (or both). But when I get back from whatever we might do, I have to spend time playing with Stella because she has been crated and is now ready to rock and roll!!!! I don't want play time or even training time to feel like a chore (which it is starting to). I just am getting worn out feeling like I am on call all day/all night.
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I don't have an answer except that, as with children, this too shall pass? An indoor play pen with 'think' toys for her to figure out, while you are doing other stuff, maybe, until she's more mature?

Let's see what else........eager neighbor teens or something? Maybe find her a human buddy to take some of the pressure off you AND provide Stella with the exercise she Ned's to wear her out?
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I am curious how much time everyone spends with their dog. I feel like I am always with Stella and it is starting to wear me out. I remember feeling this way when my kids were little....
Monday-Friday it's me and Stella 20/5. She is with me the whole day other than the 4 hours I work in the evening. Or when I put her in doggie day care for a 4 hour session. (which I am thinking of increasing) I am having a hard time getting anything done other than dog things.
On the weekend it is pretty much the same thing. I don't work but my dh and me might go out for breakfast or dinner (or both). But when I get back from whatever we might do, I have to spend time playing with Stella because she has been crated and is now ready to rock and roll!!!! I don't want play time or even training time to feel like a chore (which it is starting to). I just am getting worn out feeling like I am on call all day/all night.
Do you just have just the one? I have a pack so they keep each other company and play with each other and I never feel guilty about leaving someone home alone.
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Most of the time I am not working or running errands I am with my dogs. One might be crated, the other lying nearby watching me (or not.) I am not necessarily "engaged" with them but the youngest is 3 now.
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We have at least two dogs with us most of the time,even if they aren't engaging with us directly. I don't feel worn out,but also make sure I do things away from the dogs and they are fine when I get back.
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Koda spends, maybe... 2-3 hours TOPS away from me each week lol. So all but that 2-3 hours is spent with her.

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