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Any single people have dogs and work 12hr shifts?

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I have a 6 month old puppy and I'm trying to figure out what to do with her while I'm working. Are any of you single and working 12 hour shifts? What do you do with your dogs? I work nights too, if that matters.

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Hmm.. I'm married but my wife is a teacher so we also have a problem leaving our 8 month old puppy at home.

Do you have a fenced-in yard or a doggy-door? We put our dog in a cage but leave the cage door open and push it up against the doggy door. That way he can stay in the cage indoors if he gets hot/cold, or he can go out the doggy door into the fenced-in back yard.

He seems to like this arrangement. I think doggy doors are relatively cheap to install and are COMPLETELY worth the investment. I'm not at work wondering if my dog is suffering a urologic emergency.

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I keep mine in a large kennel and she does great. I have a fenced back yard but I don't dare let her go out when I'm not at home. I'm afraid she'll bark all night or get stolen.

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Do you have a neighbor or friend nearby that could walk the dog/play with her, and feed her while you're gone? Most people would love the chance to play with and walk a cute puppy! It would be good socialization/play time for the dog and great exercise for the person :-) Of course this only works if you have someone nearby that you trust enough to give them a spare key to your house.....

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Please make arrangements for someone to potty her during the night, and walk and play with her once during the day while you sleep.

Even if she is able to hold her urine for 12 hours, she needs socialization in order to develop into a loving playmate. Keeping her isolated in a kennel for long periods of time will likely leave her with bad habits such as destructive or aggressive tendencies.

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exactly...12 hrs is a long time...factor in report and unexpected things and the drive..you may not really be home for 13-14 hours. And that's a long time for a dog to be without....

Since you already have a pup(what kind?), I would suggest that you get somebody you trust to walk/potty the animal while you are gone...lots of people have dogsitting/visiting services in towns...so maybe that's a option?

really though, the pup should be visited by somebody while you're at work....

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I have 5 dogs, some from before I was a nurse and others that I have adopted since I became a nurse. They will get used to your schedule. Mine are well trained to sleep during the day when I sleep. In fact, they take a nap in the middle of the day when it's my day off and I'm awake. However, they are a little bit older. Your puppy needs socialization and potty time. Would it be possible for you to take the puppy to doggy day care during the day while you sleep? For the nights you work, you could get a pet sitter to come visit once or twice or find a trusted friend or neighbor. Give that puppy lots of love on your days off and send time with him. I'm not single but my partner works 24 hour shifts so she is not always home to let them out while I'm at work or sleeping.

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I'm still a student-- but my husband and I can both be gone for pretty long stretches sometimes (10 hrs or so). I have a small dog and I potty trained her to go on a disposable pad in the kitchen (vinyl floor-- easy to mop up if she misses the paper a little). I really like a PP's suggestion of the cage up to a doggy door-- a great idea for a bigger dog. If you have a smaller dog you can paper or litter train the puppy which works out well if you're gone for a stretch.

I give her all sorts of love and attention when I'm at home and she doesn't seem too horribly depressed when we have to leave her (she's 8 months old) and rarely has accidents. I'm pretty sure she just loafs around sleeping on blankets or in her "nest" when I'm gone in addition to chomping on socks and squeaky toys (exactly the same stuff she does when I'm home) We take her to puppy classes and she is the friendliest dog ever. Amazing with children and so gentle. We often get compliments on her excellent behavior.

I hope you can figure out something that works well for you!

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i used the doggy door bit, she would go out if she wanted to and came in when the weather was cold or rainy, she lived that way all of her 14 years most of it as an only pet

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I'm single, I work 12-hour night shifts, and I have a nine month old puppy. When I first got her, my plan was that I was going to have friends or family stop by my house and let her out and play with her. A few days after I got her I had to go in for my scheduled shift and my family stopped by my house a few times throughout the evening/night, and the last person went home around midnight. Well, I got home around 0800 to a major mess in her cage and a very upset puppy. (Maybe this won't be a problem for you because your puppy is older). Fortunately, my parents fell in love with her and now they keep her overnight when I work. It works out great. She gets lots of attention from them when they dogsit, she sleeps at night, in the morning I pick her up, we play for awhile, and then she sleeps when I sleep during the day. I don't feel guilty anymore for being away from her for such long stretches of time because overall my 12-hour shifts allow me to spend more time with her in the long run. Good luck, I'm sure you'll find an arrangement that works for you.

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My dog is now 2 yrs old. he is a pit mix. when no one would be home for more than 4 hrs we put him in a large cage , larger than he neede but wanted him to have a place to have an accident and not have to live in it. When he was old enough to hold it past 6 hrs, one of us would leave work to let him out to do his thing. So he wasnt having to hold it too long. now we leave him in the house to roam the living room

and one bedroom. He sleeps on the bed or couch(something he is not suppose to do :) once in a while he gets in the trash if its not taken out. for the most part he does well for 10-12 hr now that he is older.

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You got a puppy, you work 12 hour shifts, and you didn't figure out how to meet the dog's needs before you brought him home? that's not the profile of a responsible pet owner.

Have you thought about birth control yet?

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