In about a week I will be moving into my own apartment with my 8 month old dog. She is crate trained and house broken. I will be living by myself. I work night shift (11pm-7am). At my parents house she was rarely alone. She was kept downstairs in the crate at night while I was working, and was alone downstairs during the day sometimes.
I plan on taking her out before I go to work and then again as soon as I get home. Depending on how my night went(because sometimes my job just sucks the life outta me) I would ideally like to take her to the dog park so she can get a good run in after I get out of work.
I only work 3 or 4 nights a week and would occasionally being doing 12 hr shifts. (this is rare but I do get asked occasionally)
would this be okay? I feel bad leaving her alone at all but I know it is inevitable. While I am at work I would leave her in the kitchen with food/water instead of locking her in the crate all night.