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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-05-2014, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Home alone poll question.

Just wondering who lives normal : life and has to work full time away from home while owning a V. Just wondering how your dog handles it and what you do to keep him good. My wife and I both work away from the house full time. She leaves about 5:30 gets home around 3:30. I leave about 7:20 come home for lunch at 11:30 spend a half hour or 40 min with him then he goes back into his kennel. Once he is old enough we can do either a morning or after work run. And we have a 11 acre off leash park about 3 miles away along with a large open field with different grasses for bird dog training. Those would be his main physical activities along with a walk once in a while with the wife and some play time with my friends lab. Just wondering who else works like us and how it works out for you.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-05-2014, 06:54 PM
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I'm single and got a puppy in March and was able to alter my work schedule to allow for a 3 hour lunch. So I walk him for a mile or so in the morning, go to work for 4 hours, come home and either take him for a walk or an off leash park (about 2 miles away), then another walk after work. Sprinkle in some play/command work and he seems pretty happy! Weekends are usually dedicated with taking him for an adventure.

I was stressing about leaving him alone as well, but the 5 hour stretch alone hasn't been bad as long as you can give him attention before/after. While he was potty training I sectioned off part of my kitchen so he didn't have to potty on his bed or in his crate (he ate newspaper so he just went on the floor). After only a month he doesn't pee inside anymore even during the long stretches. Good luck!
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My husband and I both work full time out of the house. I get up at 5:30 and take the dogs for 60-75 min off leash run, my husband leaves for work at 7. I leave for work at 8:15, and I come for home lunch at 12:15. I walk them briskly on leash for about 40 min, unless I get lucky and my first afternoon patient cancels then I will take them to the trails for an off leash romp. Then I leave at about 1:15 for work again. My husband gets home at 5 and takes them to the park or beach for 60-90 min, or he waits for me to get home at 6:30 and we all hike together. So all in all, the boys are alone about 4 hrs AM and then 4 hrs PM. We plan to do daycare again once Chase is neutered (Miles went before we got Chase, and they both went until Chase got kicked out at 9 months for not being fixed.) If I cannot come for for lunch, we have a dog walker who takes them on a leashed hike for 60 min.

It can be done! Our boys do well with routine and as long as they get their exercise they are fine. They average about 3 hrs of exercise a day.

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Milesmom, How do you think they would be if they were used to getting about an hour and a half? I can not provide 3 hours a day
An hour and a half is doable. some days might be more like weekends and such. Basically I'm freaking out. :-X I love my little guy and want to make sure he is a good dog with the best home I can provide. It's just I see how huge of a time suck he is at 8 weeks. And I know it gets better and they get more independent, I've read the owning your first V sticky thread and I know I'm not alone. I just keep saying to myself oh my god, can I do this like I thought I could. My wife is being great, she is not concerned at all and keeps telling me to calm down ;D that he will settle into our routine.
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Everyone I know with a gundog works 8-10 hours a day and their dogs are not unhappy at all. We all adapt and give the dogs their needs, love them fiercely and feed them well. Any dog can handle being alone for a work day if you are consistent in your training and in exercising them in the mornings and evenings. Vizslas are no different.

My dog can easily handle being home alone for 8-10 hours.

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Everyone I know with a gundog works 8-10 hours a day and their dogs are not unhappy at all. We all adapt and give the dogs their needs, love them fiercely and feed them well. Any dog can handle being alone for a work day if you are consistent in your training and in exercising them in the mornings and evenings. Vizslas are no different.

My dog can easily handle being home alone for 8-10 hours.
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Thanks organic and super v I needed to hear that from other owners.
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Daul,
If your puppy hasn't made you cry from frustration at least once in its first month at home, it's not a vizsla. We've all been there at least once. And most of us plan to be there again. Which says a lot about how worth it they are when they grow out of a hellacious puppyhood. I think even the most experienced owners here might halfheartedly daydream about hiring someone to manage pup's first few weeks. Don't feel alone---puppyhood is a serious hurdle, and we all know it.
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I get the kids to school so leave for work for 9am, get back in time for the kids at about 3pm. I get up early so Ruby gets a walk whilst wife and kids are still asleep, then again after tea. She may not get 2 hours everyday walking but averaged over the week,including weekends it'll be probably over that.

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I know I have told this story before but for those of you who have not been on the rollercoaster that started when Dharma first arrived................
My husband and I were in a very serious car accident when we went to meet Dharma at 3 weeks old. We never made it to visit her that day, but did the following week. We didn't get to pick the puppy that we got. Dharma came to us 4 weeks or so later and we were away from home at my parents house the first week. When we came home we both worked full days and had to go to physiotherapy and deal with a new puppy and the rest of our home life as well. In addition to crating issues and no sleep our little one went through digestive upset too. It was not an easy beginning..... Dharma is almost 1 year old now and she is sooo wonderful. You will figure it out and should stick it out. We hear what you are dealing with.

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