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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone working full time? Asking for an advice

Hi everyone,

I recently got a vizsla puppy. I graduated in May and am currently looking for a job. Are there any full-time working people owning a V that could give me some tips? I am currently considering one offer, it would be 7AM/8AM to 3PM/4PM job. I could get up around 4:30AM/5AM and spend 2 hours with my V before I leave for work. Then get back right after work and again, walk her, play with her. During weekends I could train her and spend some more time with her. I think I can give her enough exercise - walking her for an hour in the morning and in the evening when she gets old enough for that much exercise. What worries me is to leave her alone for 8 hours. Would that be doable? In the future, I could possibly come to see her during lunch break or get a dog walker. As of now, I probably won’t be able to do so..
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If you can get someone to let her out and spend time with her around lunch that would be good, potty and food/fresh water, some company. Otherwise, 8 hrs, straight in a crate (at any age) is really approaching cruel and unusual punishment, but especially for a very young puppy.

The idea of getting up in the middle of the night (4:30 or 5:00am), again, is good intent, but in actual practice not very feasible, both of you should still be asleep at that hour. It sounds like exercise, play, training would occur after work.
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A lot of people that have full-time jobs, and vizslas. I would think the puppy stage, would be the toughest. Puppies can only hold their bladder so long, when awake. I don't know any puppies that will sleep for 8 hours straight during the day. Even if they do so overnight. You would come home to a puppy, covered in its own excrements. The ones that get used to that happening. Can be very hard to potty train. Due to the long hours, and having no other choice but to use the crate as a restroom. They start to look at it as normal behavior.
I was retired before owning my first Vizsla. And still had someone come let mine out, if occasionally away from home for hours.

Hopefully some of our members with full-time jobs, will comment. Letting you know how they handled the puppy stage, and after.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 06:43 PM
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Day care. I work full time, husband semi retired, and when our Maggie was not in day care as a puppy we had a sitter come to let her out and play with her, or she came with us/me. As is evidenced by the fact that we still can't leave her alone for more than 45 minutes, I'm not sure that a Viszla can cope with so much alone time. Day care can be someone who is at home all day and is happy to sit your puppy in their home, it doesn't have to be a specialised facility. I agree with the other two responses from Gingerling and Texas Red. I think 8 hours alone in a crate with no interaction, no toilet breaks and no stimulation is tricky. Can you make friends with someone who can take your puppy during the day when you are working?
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agreed, 8 hours way too long and not fair to your pup to be alone. look around and you will possibly find a high schooler or student for a little cash to spend some time with your pup midday. also make sure your puppy gets used to spend time in crate for several hours even when you are not working yet. we work full time, used to have daycare which then got switched to dog walker coming in twice a day. on top of that dogs get a thorough morning and evening exercise and mental stimulation.
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If you can get someone to let her out and spend time with her around lunch that would be good, potty and food/fresh water, some company. Otherwise, 8 hrs, straight in a crate (at any age) is really approaching cruel and unusual punishment, but especially for a very young puppy.

The idea of getting up in the middle of the night (4:30 or 5:00am), again, is good intent, but in actual practice not very feasible, both of you should still be asleep at that hour. It sounds like exercise, play, training would occur after work.
Thank you for the input! I was surprised when you said that waking up at 5AM is not very feasible. I already wake up at 5AM every day and was thinking that 4:30 would give me even more time to spend with my V. I plan on keeping that schedule as I am the most productive in the morning and like to be awake that early. As of now, my V is fine with it, she usually wakes up a little bit before me. Maybe that's just a matter of personal preference.
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Thanks everyone for the comments! I actually didn't intend to leave my V in a crate for 8 hours... Sorry for the misunderstanding. I was considering leaving her in a room and have a pad for potty training... I leave her now alone for 2 hours everyday in a room with a pad.. Yesterday I got a crate and will be training her to stay in a crate, too.. So that I have options in case I won't be able to leave her in a room on her own.
I decided to not take the job offer. It would be good for my CV if I could work there for even 6 months but we both would be miserable.. The salary would barely cover my rent so I will be looking for something that would allow me to budget for a dog walker during the midday for a start. This way I could break those 8 hours into 4 and 4. Or maybe get someone to walk her twice a day and break it into 3-3-2.
There is no daycare for dogs in the area I plan on working but getting a dog walker shouldn't be problem and I'll budget for it
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If you can get someone to let her out and spend time with her around lunch that would be good, potty and food/fresh water, some company. Otherwise, 8 hrs, straight in a crate (at any age) is really approaching cruel and unusual punishment, but especially for a very young puppy.

The idea of getting up in the middle of the night (4:30 or 5:00am), again, is good intent, but in actual practice not very feasible, both of you should still be asleep at that hour. It sounds like exercise, play, training would occur after work.
Thank you for the input! I was surprised that you think waking up at 5AM is not feasible. I wake up around 5-5:20AM every day because I feel the most productive and prefer waking up this early, even though I don't have a job now. I thought 4:30 would be good just to spend some more time with my V. My V is waking up at 5AM, usually just a little earlier than me so I didn't think it would be a problem. Plenty people wake up this early in my country so maybe it's just a matter of preference or different cultural habits
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Fair play to you getting up so early every day.....I thanked the lord the day that our Maggie slept 'in' until 7.30! She now often has to be woken up by us. (We think that's partly to do with the comfy new mattress we got her in her crate....she hops in happily every evening, and can often be found at the bottom of the stairs encouraging me to go to bed so she can hop in.).

Good luck with the crate training. it did not go well for us, so we resorted to daycare. It's a shame about the day care not being available where you plan to work it's so great for socialisation I found, especially since we can be out so much. When we need to go away, business trips, we have a couple who are dog walkers who move into our house for the duration. This has worked out well for us, so maybe there might be someone who is happy to come to your home for a few hours here and there? Someone retired, or as gingerling says a student?

Good luck with the job hunting, well done on the graduation. it is not easy as a graduate to get a job these days that actually pays rent and food bills. We're all supposed to be grateful for the opportunity to contribute to big company coffers!
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I took time off work to raise my girl from when she was 7 weeks old until 21 weeks. She is 5.5 months old now and I'm heading back to work full time. I knew when she was 7 weeks that us working full time and being away from the house would be a reality, so I worked hard to make sure that a) my pup loves her crate and b) she can be left alone for periods of time without getting anxious or soiling her crate. All the training and work seems to have paid off because I can confidently leave my pup in the crate for 5 hours without accidents, granted I spend 1 full hour of training and/or physical exercise before I pop her in there. Now our schedule is 7:30am-8:30am Wake up, walk, she works for her breakfast, potty. 8:30am-1:30pm Crate. 1:30pm-2:30pm Dog walker comes for 1 hour off leash walk and feeds lunch. 2:30pm-6:30pm Crate. By 6:30pm/7pm we're home. She seems to do well on this schedule and either sleeps or chews on a toy. I have a camera as well so I can do periodic check ins. Hoping by the time she is near or over 1 years old she can be out of the crate. Good luck!

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