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    Question How does your bully cope with you being at work all day?

    Little Bosco is now 4 months old, and I've been off work and home with him since we got him at 8 weeks. I leave him alone for a couple of hours here and there, while he's napping in his crate or gone to bed for the night, but throughout the day he gets a ton of attention and "me" time..

    Well..I'll be starting a job in the next week or two and am worried about how he'll manage the day without me or my husband being home to entertain him! He'll have to stay in his crate and penned off area while we're away since he would likely rip the house to shreds if we weren't there to stop him.

    Lately he gets very bored and starts to cry if we leave him in his penned off area when he's awake for more than 5 or 10 minutes. Given his recent neediness, I'm really concerned about how he'll cope with this sudden change - ie. being alone for 4-5 hours at a time.

    How did your dogs cope when you are off to work during the day?? Any tips? I'll be sending him to doggy daycare twice a week, but need to figure out how to deal with him for the other 3 days..

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    Default Re: How does your bully cope with you being at work all day?

    Since Luca was 11 weeks olds we would have to leave him home while we went to work so he is accustomed to it now. From what I can tell he just goes into his crate and sleeps most of the day away. We always leave the TV on for him so he's not sitting in silence.

    Your pup will very likely be upset about it at first. That's unavoidable. I would leave something in the crate that has your scent on it like an old shirt so as to comfort him.

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    Default Re: How does your bully cope with you being at work all day?

    Rocco is 3 months old now. I've had him for a month and I leave him alone while I go to work. My girlfriend's schedule is pretty flexible and she works close enough to home to come home on lunch break. That being said, there are some days where he is in his create for up to 6 hours sometimes. But he seems to be ok. He gets all the attention once we're home though. I'd say your pup Will get used to it fairly quickly. It's all about routine. Once they realize that you come home eventually every time the anxiety is probably not there.

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    Mine all sleep the day away until about 4 then they start moving around. I have cameras to check in on them so that's how I know. They stay sectioned off in the kitchen, especially Emma because she likes to eat couches. Sally is crated.

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    I crate Tate and Finn from 7am-ish til I get home at 5pm. It was hard for me to do at first; I used to leave them in the kitchen/laundry room area, blocking other areas of the house, but when i would get home, I'd find a mess everywhere. They weren't properly potty trained so i had pee pads for them which they wouldn't go on, the base boards would be chewed on, etc...So, crating was the best alternative and it's working out pretty well. They do sleep a lot in their crates, plus i leave the radio on (talk radio, of course)!




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    Default Re: How does your bully cope with you being at work all day?

    Hi, you got great advice already from everyone above. They do sleep most of the time when they are crated, they do get used to it, and it is the safest place for them. We also leave the TV on for them, or music. I've heard that some people use a camera that you can hook up to the computer, and then you can check in on him throughout the day, and some people also use a dog walker that comes once a day to walk and play with your dog for a 1/2 hour or so. I don't know what the prices of these are, but they are other options you can use. My situation is the opposite of yours, I was working when I got my babies, mind you I only worked 3 days a week, but now I left my job of 15 years a month and a half ago, and have been home, so now they are out all day with me. I still have to crate them when I go out but they are okay, and sleep when we are not home. Bosco will get used to it, and when you get home he'll be so excited to see you. I know we worry, and we feel guilty, but just tell Bosco, mommy has to work to pay for his toys and treats.
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    When Brutus was a puppy He would go in his crate at 8am when I left for work and then I would go home at lunch 12pm to let him out for a potty break then my kids would be home from school at 2pm so he didn't really have a long stretch but, if you cannot arrange for someone to come in midday for bosco, he will be fine. I only went home at lunch when he was really small. I stopped when he started holding his pee pee all night. I figured if he could hold it at night he could hold it till 2 when the kids came home. They really do get used to it. Just make sure there is plenty of exercise and play time when you get home. We always had plenty of play time when I got home at 4:30pm.

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    Ruthie does just fine...she just naps the day away. I've notice though if we leave the tv on she will go into her crate. I don't think she likes the noise. She usually just bounces downstairs while I get ready for work and posts up on the couch all day.

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    My situation is different than most as I work from home. My wife works 3 days a week and Harlea goes to work with her for play dates with her boxer buddy and she stays home with me on Wednesdays. However, I do not keep her in her crate or just let her roam the house while I am working and she is here. I have a very large play pen that we keep in our living room and she goes in there and naps or plays and I check on her and take her out as my schedule permits and she just has a blast and I don't have to worry about the house being eaten. We even spend lunch time together. Not always eating but usually playing, snuggling or hanging out on the patio for a bit if the heat isn't too bad.
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    Default Re: How does your bully cope with you being at work all day?

    Quote Originally Posted by BoscosMom View Post
    Little Bosco is now 4 months old, and I've been off work and home with him since we got him at 8 weeks. I leave him alone for a couple of hours here and there, while he's napping in his crate or gone to bed for the night, but throughout the day he gets a ton of attention and "me" time..

    Well..I'll be starting a job in the next week or two and am worried about how he'll manage the day without me or my husband being home to entertain him! He'll have to stay in his crate and penned off area while we're away since he would likely rip the house to shreds if we weren't there to stop him.

    Lately he gets very bored and starts to cry if we leave him in his penned off area when he's awake for more than 5 or 10 minutes. Given his recent neediness, I'm really concerned about how he'll cope with this sudden change - ie. being alone for 4-5 hours at a time.

    How did your dogs cope when you are off to work during the day?? Any tips? I'll be sending him to doggy daycare twice a week, but need to figure out how to deal with him for the other 3 days..

    This is pretty much how Tubbs started out. I work full time but his dad owns his own business so was home with him alot. We got him December 23 and my hunny got a new job which required him to be out of the house which started in May. Tubby had 6 months of daddy all to himself.

    I was mortified that he now had to be alone during the day. We used to keep him in the kitchen gated off from the rest of the house with his toys. This sucked big time because he wasn't properly potty trained. He now chills in his crate from about 9am til 4pm when his dad gets home. He has no problems and usually snoozes the day away. I only say that because that boy has TOO much energy when we get home. Your baby will adjust and do just fine. Its us bully parents that need the extra time lol

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    As you can see.... she struggles

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    As you can see.... she struggles

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