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Do you take your dog everywhere with you?

First of all, we live in Nebraska, we will be picking up our 8 week old puppy in January. He is a long-coated GSD, so hopefully he will be a little more acclimated to the cold weather, but I was wondering what people's opinions were on taking dogs in the car with him?

I do not work in a place where I can take my dog to work with him, so we are going to crate train him, and I will be able to come home during lunch and let him out and let him go for a little walk. He will live in a play pen while I am at work.

But for when I am home, and have to run errands, should I bring him with me? Is taking a young pup with me in a car everywhere a good idea? I plan on leaving him mostly at home until he is vaccinated, because I do not want him to get sick, but after that, do you take your dogs with you when you run to Walmart really quick? Or do you only take a dog when you are going to a pet store/ somewhere that is dog friendly? I mean I don't run THAT many errands, usually I come home after work and spend time with the cats, so it won't be that different to spend time with the puppy. But, during the weekends my husband and I do our grocery shopping and all that jazz.

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I take mine wherever I can. And If I can't take him, I usually run that errand on a day that I don't also have to work. I'm in the same boat as you though. I had him since he was 8 weeks. I worked the classic 8-5 monday-Friday shift. I came home at lunch to let him out, and he is out all evening lol. It works just know that they take a good bit of exercising, especially if they have been asleep all night then in the cage till 5 basically. I plan on a good 2 hours after work of play and running. But he is 1 year old now, in the height of his puppyhood. When he was 8 weeks old he could be tired out in 20 minutes haha
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First of all, we live in Nebraska, we will be picking up our 8 week old puppy in January. He is a long-coated GSD, so hopefully he will be a little more acclimated to the cold weather, but I was wondering what people's opinions were on taking dogs in the car with him?

I do not work in a place where I can take my dog to work with him, so we are going to crate train him, and I will be able to come home during lunch and let him out and let him go for a little walk. He will live in a play pen while I am at work.

But for when I am home, and have to run errands, should I bring him with me? Is taking a young pup with me in a car everywhere a good idea? I plan on leaving him mostly at home until he is vaccinated, because I do not want him to get sick, but after that, do you take your dogs with you when you run to Walmart really quick? Or do you only take a dog when you are going to a pet store/ somewhere that is dog friendly? I mean I don't run THAT many errands, usually I come home after work and spend time with the cats, so it won't be that different to spend time with the puppy. But, during the weekends my husband and I do our grocery shopping and all that jazz.
I try to take at least one with me everywhere I go, fall through spring. I would advise a crate for a puppy, car sickness could be a problem, as well as inappropriate chewing.
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My one year old LOVES to do errands rather than being left home...in fact on rainy days he enjoys just sleeping in the back of my car whether I go anywhere or not
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I take Fritz everywhere...Toronto, Ottawa, towns in between..shopping, friends! He is the best traveller I have ever had..there are times people are in the car with me, they did not realize he was in the back until I got him out. In the winter, I try not to take him when I have shopping to do. Enjoy

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I take Liza everywhere I can that allows dogs.
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I try to take at least one with me everywhere I go, fall through spring. I would advise a crate for a puppy, car sickness could be a problem, as well as inappropriate chewing.
We are going to be having to drive to pick him up when we get him, it is a 6 hour drive, we may try to break it up over 2 days to make it easier on him. So we are going to be able to gage pretty well then how he handles the car. If he is car sick, we will be purchasing a kennel ASAP (we will bring his kennel with us for that first trip, just to be safe, but it will be his house kennel, we'll get another for the car if car rides are a problem). But if he doesn't get sick, we will move his kennel into the house and just get him a seat belt, I'm thinking the Champion k9 outfitters one.

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I take at least one, sometimes 3 of mine with on errands. They love going and are quiet, well behaved dogs.

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my dog(s) are with me often.... whether they can go inside, wait outside or wait in the car... if they're going to be a part of my life then I include them in as many parts as I can and get them accustom to that from day one. that said if they couldn't handle any of the above I would hold off awhile but it's always what I'm working towards. I live in an area that as far as weather and safety, I feel comfortable doing so.... it's been that way since getting my first dog as an adult and each dog has helped the next.

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We are going to be having to drive to pick him up when we get him, it is a 6 hour drive, we may try to break it up over 2 days to make it easier on him.
Six hours should be fine. We had a 10 hour drive home with Dena, and it really wasn't a problem. Definitely crate him for the ride.

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