New GSD owner Questions...
I will be picking up my GSD puppy (female) on Tuesday (she'll be seven weeks old). I'm either going to name her Izzy or Kylie...not sure yet. Anyhow, I am a teacher, and for the next two months, she will be heavily supervised (gotta love summer vacation). However, once school starts, she will be alone for approximately ten hours per day, Monday through Friday. So, when school begins, she will be about three and a half months old. I have a backyard with detached garage (w/privacy fence).
My original plan was to keep her outside in the backyard when I was at work, leaving a door to the garage open in case it rains, etc. My backyard has two giant trees, so shade will not be a problem.
So here are my questions:
1) At 3.5 months, do you think being left in the backyard for ten hours per day (this includes commute) is too long? I have a 48" crate, but think ten hours is way too long for a dog to be sitting in a crate.
2) While I am at work, during an Indiana winter, would it be ok to leave her in the detached garage with the door open or closed? A part of me thinks having it open would be good so she can go outside if she wishes, but at the same time, I don't want her to get too cold. She will be about seven months old when it gets cold.
3) Aside from a doggy daycare/dogwalker, what would you guys recommend? Any tips to make it more bearable?