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05-05-2014 04:37 PM
Pax8 Yeah, that's too long to leave a puppy and if you're in school anyways, you probably have limited time for a pup, and it can be really rough. I know, I got mine while I was in school.

A pup can be done if you plan to put forward the extra money or have the contacts to have them taken out while you're gone (I would never leave a pup in the yard for reasons already stated by other posters) but you can also easily by pass many of the demanding aspects of puppy hood by just finding a great adult dog that needs a home. There are a lot of great adult shepherds that would fit that schedule wonderfully as long as you give them the physical and mental stimulation they need while you're at home.
05-05-2014 04:20 PM
LinneK9 Everyone has probably had different take experience with this... When my pup was 9 weeks I ran home over my lunch break to let him out. I didn't have a luxury of being with him all day every day or every few hours... I think he MAYBE had 2-3 accidents in his crate then...I was very lucky.
05-02-2014 11:32 AM
Ellimaybel Gunther is 10 months old in a few days and he's never home alone for more than 1 hour. Of course that's also because our work shifts allow it. At the end of the day I can't stand being away from him lol
05-02-2014 11:24 AM
Originally Posted by JG1025 View Post
I wanted to know for how long can I l leave a german shepherd at home. I want one but I have school from 7am to 2:30pm? An dif that was too long.
An adult would be ok for that long. Titan is 4 yrs and left alone for 8-9 hours a day during the week.

A puppy would definitely need to be taken out for that extended time. As someone suggested, do you have anyone that could let him/her out while you are at school. I had a neighbor help me when I got one of my pups. She came over twice while I was gone and let the dogs out.

Originally Posted by Longfisher View Post
Why can't you leave him in the yard with his toys when you're away or busy with other things.

For oh so many reason.. a puppy is too vulnerable to be left unattended outside. It can get into everything, eat things it's not supposed to.. Dirt alone can clogged intestines and require surgery/other precedures.. someone could absolutely steal your dog break into your yard and leave the gate open. The puppy can get curious and find a way out of the yard. There are just way too many risks leaving your puppy outside alone. Not to mention the toys alone, puppies chew and swallow everything! I would never leave a puppy with a ton of toys for their convenience.

I do believe, depending on your ADULT dog, you can do this. All completely based on your dog and it's habits and mannerisms outside. I have done it frequently when I have known I would be gone for a while. But I know my dog. He doesn't dig, doesn't chew random things, doesn't get into trouble by himself. He will just lay around, maybe chew on his ball or bone, or sleep. I fear for the person who tries to steal my dog or open my gate, so I'm not worried about that. He won't try to get out and he can't jump the fence. So I know he will be just fine back there, but he's 4 yrs old and I know my dog VERY well. If there were a chance that he'd get into something or anything, he'd be left inside.
05-02-2014 09:38 AM
Castlemaid Never leave a puppy alone outside unsupervised. The stuff they can get into! Pups eat everything, including dirt and rocks and who knows what. Pups left alone outside will get bored and develop bad habits like digging, pulling up vegetation, and nuisance barking. I know someone who has had their lab in for surgery multiple times for eating rocks.

Best safest way to deal with a puppy if away is to crate, and make arrangements for someone to let him out every two or three hours until they are four months old, then every five or six hours until they are 6 to seven months old. After that, they should be able to hold it all day, at least 8 hours.

General rule of thumb is that a puppy can hold it and be crated for the number of hours that they are old in months plus one hour. So max crate tiime for a 2 month old is 3 hrs, a three month old is four hours, etc . . .
05-02-2014 08:30 AM
LaRen616 Too many dangers leaving a puppy or dog outside when no one is home.

The dog could get stolen, it could get poisoned, teased or tortured by someone, it could escape the yard, it could tear the yard up, it could eat or chew on something that could seriously injure them or kill them and it could bark all day long and irritate your neighbors.
05-01-2014 10:16 PM
d4mmo Leave him outside, he will be fine, a big bone, peanut butter in a kong, a few chew toys and he will be fine.
Just make sure there's shelter and plenty water lying around.
Besides a pup will sleep 3/4 of the day anyway

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05-01-2014 06:46 PM
Originally Posted by Longfisher View Post
Why can't you leave him in the yard with his toys when you're away or busy with other things.

no, because dogs shouldn't just be left in yards unattended. IMHO. it would only take a few minutes for a bored dog to dig under a fence. i would never leave my dog in the yard while i was at school, i would be worried sick but maybe that's just me.
05-01-2014 06:16 PM

Why can't you leave him in the yard with his toys when you're away or busy with other things.

05-01-2014 05:26 PM
JG1025 Thanks I'll probably wait till I have more time or just find a day care since the socializing will help them.
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