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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-12-2015, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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what to do while at work?

Right now I work from 8-5 every week day (typical american job lol) and I live about 8 min from work so I've been letting wolf out to pee/eat around 12 then back in the cage till 5.

however, in about 4 months he will be over a year old, and I will be moving into a house with a nice fenced in backyard. The problem is the house is 20 min from work, and I won't be able to go home mid day to let him out.

I've read about runs and stuff but not sure if I want him to sit outside all day because some days are freezing cold and others bloody hot.

what are some good ideas for what to do with him while I am away at work? He has never been left alone outside of the crate, I fear he would eat stuff or chew on things he shouldn't. If I simply left him outside all day he would dig and dig haha.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-12-2015, 12:46 PM
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The ideal set-up would be a dog run and doggy door to the inside in a safe room or large crate.

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Pay someone to come halfway through the day and exercise him. I won't leave a dog crated or confined during the day for more than five hours. If you do crate him, buy the largest one you can find so he has room to play. Better, if you have a room that you can furnish with only his dog toys and a bed so he can't get into trouble, do that. Maybe even your kitchen if you can dog proof the countertops or keep him away from anything, including cupboards he can open.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-12-2015, 12:48 PM
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i like the idea of a doogy door, run, and paying someone to come by to see all is well.
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I would begin to leave him out alone in the house a bit now - gradually increasing the time. (To see how that goes.) Then I would also consider continuing to crate him for the work day. I've done this with dogs when I worked. The youngster is still crated when I am gone and she's two. I'm not consistently gone for 8+ hours but I am gone for long stretches from time to time.
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these are good suggestions. A dog door would be good, i'm still worried about the digging.

Paying someone to come let him out would run btwn $200-$400 a month, and is not a financial option. I have a mortgage and many other expenses haha
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Paying someone to come let him out would run btwn $200-$400 a month, and is not a financial option. I have a mortgage and many other expenses haha
What about an outdoor kennel? You can get a nice one for around what it would cost for a month of dogsitting or maybe a bit more.

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A doggy door that leads to a restricted indoor space would be great. Even if they are safe to roam in the house you never know what they will bring in from the outside if you are not there...mud being a big one. I do not want a wet dog coming straight from their doggy pool and shaking in my living room Mine have a doggy door to the garage that I have partitioned off so they can't get to the cars or things stored in a garage that could hurt them and that also gives them access to our enclosed back porch. Someday I would love to build out the laundry room in a way that they could use that but that is hopefully coming in the future. Good luck. I understand not wanting them to be in a crate all day.

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I work the same schedule that you do, and have for most of my life, none of my dogs had had problems in their crate from 7:30 to 5:30, or loose in the house if they were older and could be trusted 100%. My current dog goes in her crate after she eats breakfast, lies down and waits for me to come give her a treat and close the door....

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We have a chain link pen in the garage with a dog door to an outside run for potties. The run is down the side of the house, with a wood fence opposite, and chain link gates at either end. Keeps them out of the main part of yard, where they'd dig up plants and eat dirt all day, and from where we keep the garbage, green waste, and recycle containers. They have Kuranda beds in the garage, and a water bowl.

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