Re: Home alone poll question.
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.
Our first Vizsla "Miles" born 12/21/11
Our second Vizsla "Chase" born 5/17/13