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Old 12-27-2013, 12:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Work FT and raising a GSD puppy

I am looking to get my second GSD puppy in 2014. I had my first when I was a senior in college, so I was able to be around most of the day to take him out, etc. My concern now is that I work a full-time job and my office is 30 minutes from home. Is it possible to raise a puppy the right way with that type of an arrangement?
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Many of us are in your situation cause we have to work to feed the dog!

It's hardest with the puppy, crate training is a must. If you can work out some way to have someone come in the middle of the day it's a help because most puppies can't hold it for 9 hours. At least for the first few weeks, but if you get a puppy a bit older that's easier.

Also we need to get into the mindset when we do get home, generally we need to immediately put on our 'play clothes' to take that bored/crate trained puppy out for the next few hours to exercise and socialize it so the rest of the night is wonderful.

Finding great puppy classes is great too because of the built in socialization and training factor to make things easier!
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Maggie, thanks for the quick response!

I would certainly drive home at lunch to take the dog out, just wasnt sure if that would be enough. My last GSD was a great dog and I lose him at 12.5 years old back in October. I hope I wasn't spoiled with how good he was and want to make sure that I do everything I can to make the new GSD a great dog.
I am already in contact with a breeder here in the northeast who will let me know when his planned breedings are set, very excited!
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My mom was helping me with the potty breaks when I first got my pup, but about a month after she came home, we found out my mom had terminal cancer, so I needed to find alternate arrangements. I didn't know what to do, and I ended up hiring a wonderful dog walker (licensed & bonded).

You might see if any are in your area. They usually have a 'puppy package' deal that is 2 x 15 minute visits per day, so that might be an option for you. It's fairly reasonable

Once the puppy stage was over, I decided to keep my walker on, she now comes once a day for 30 minutes, just to break up my dog's day a bit. I'm sure she'd be fine, but I feel guilty leaving her crated all day

Good luck! It's totally doable!
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My mom was helping me with the potty breaks when I first got my pup, but about a month after she came home, we found out my mom had terminal cancer, so I needed to find alternate arrangements. I didn't know what to do, and I ended up hiring a wonderful dog walker (licensed & bonded).

You might see if any are in your area. They usually have a 'puppy package' deal that is 2 x 15 minute visits per day, so that might be an option for you. It's fairly reasonable

Once the puppy stage was over, I decided to keep my walker on, she now comes once a day for 30 minutes, just to break up my dog's day a bit. I'm sure she'd be fine, but I feel guilty leaving her crated all day

Good luck! It's totally doable!
Wow, sorry to hear about your mom, thats tough!

I have thought about that as well. Can you give me an idea of pricing for the visits/package? Also, do the visits with the walker take away from your bonding with the pup?
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