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My malt is just over 2 years old and is so used to me being at home but now hubby is saying I should perhaps explore the job force. That means leaving my malt home alone during the day and she is surely not accustomed to that. I am not jumping at the idea that's for sure:blink:
 

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Mine is home for 4-5 hours at a time. He does really well, but he was also not given a lot of attention before we adopted him. I hope that whatever is best for you will work out.
 

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Lizzie stays at home by herself during the day. She is in the utility room with her bed, water, toys and peepee pad, which, btw, I've noticed she hasn't been using lately. She has been waiting until I get home to go out!!

I teach school, so she is home by herself for a good while, but she seems to do quite well. She's very excited to see us, but she doesn't cry and whine when I leave in the mornings. She knows the routine. I call her to the utility room, she comes in, gets a toy, gets in her bed and watches me leave. She's such a good girl!!
 

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I have been a housewife (no children) for 4 years and so London (3) & Preston (almost 2) have never known me to leave them to go to work. I frequently leave them for up to 4 hours at a time to run errands, grocery shop, etc. and if they will be in their crates for longer than that, we arrange for my husband to stop by the house during lunch and let them out for an hour.

I've been trying to find a part-time job for several months to help us put money in our savings account faster but it's been difficult because my husband wants me home on weekends & in the evenings. lol It's out of the question for me to work fulltime (thank goodness! heehee) because we can't leave the dogs locked away all day...they are outdoor trained so they have to be let out...and what's the point in having a dog if you only spend 4 hours with it before bed???

If you can I would just look for a part-time job with hours that work for YOU. :) Other options are of course doggy daycare or someone to check on your baby during the day depending on how long of a shift you would work.
 

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If you can I would just look for a part-time job with hours that work for YOU. :) Other options are of course doggy daycare or someone to check on your baby during the day depending on how long of a shift you would work.
I love this suggestion :thumbsup: all the best to you!
 

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I do want to look for a part-time job eventually but right now I feel bad to leave her cause she is so clingy....follows me very step and even to the bathroom! I think the part-time hours will be better....for ME and for her !
 

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My fluffs stay at home in their crates when I leave for work. Husband is self employed and has odd hours during the day because he stops by the house quite often but not always. They know the drill each morning and seem to do just fine.
 

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I work at home as a transcriptionist for our local hospital; however, occasionally I have to work in the office. I come home for lunch to let them out or have my neighbor let them out. They do fine.
 

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I'm on SS Disability, so am at home most of the time. I try to take Ollie with me when I can, but if I have to leave him at home he is in his crate. Would like to leave him in the kitchen and den, but he can climb over the gate and get into the rest of the house. Need to find another gate to put above the first one!
 

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Dora stays in her exercise pen while my husband and I work during the day. We work regular 9 to 5 jobs and we take her to daycare 3 days a week. The other 2 days she seems fine to sleep in her pen at home until we get back. This week I stayed home with her because of the snow and all she did was follow me to whatever room I was in and find a place to nap. So that gave me a good idea of what she does at home during a normal work day. :)
 

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Help. I might go back to work all day. She's a poop eater. I'm giving her S.E.P. (stop eating poop). She's better but she was eating her dirty wee pads if I don't change immediately. Do I leave her dry food and water? Do I leave her in the little compound with her crate and a tiny play area and her wee wee pad station. She's a neat freak so she won't use her pads more than once.
 

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I am fortunate enough to be able to be home with my babies all day since I run my business and my dad's business from my home. I could never leave Sophia home alone for an extended period of time due to her hypoglycemia. I have to monitor her eating very closely and make sure that she is getting enough food throughout the day. I love being with them and they love having me there too :)
 

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I am home all day with my girls, but I have left them alone up to 4 hours and they were fine. I think part time work would be a good option and there are more jobs available that can be done from home.:thumbsup:
 

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Until about a year ago (Casey was 3 and Cosmo was 2) I was working 40 hours a week and taking them both to doggy day care 2 or 3 days a week. There were problems with the day care (was suppose to only allow small dogs under 20 lbs but was actually taking large dogs in the same area) so they stopped going; this happened about the same time I reduced my hours at work. Due to the problems with the last day care I wasn't sure if I wanted them to go to another one. After a few weeks I realized they were just as happy being home as they were when they went to day care. I give them TONS of attention when I am with them and come home during lunch on the days I work a full day. Every household runs differently and if you need to work you will find what works best for yours. Good luck in whatever you decide to do!
 

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well i work 8 to 430 and i leave my house at 7 get back at 5:15 , my kids leave the house like at 745 and get back like at 4 . so lets say from 745 to 4 dolce is alone at home. Dolce does fine and just like my kids he gets alot of love after i get home , then he sleeps w me , and im w him almost all day on weekends. i think it would be ideal to stay home all day with my fluff and my children but realistically most people do work and it would be very messed up if you couldnt have a maltese cause u work full time . dolce has been with me since he was 16 weeks and he has always done fine staying at home by himself . i leave him gated in my kitchen n he has his bed , his toys , his food and his wee pads , he plays , eats , sleeps and when i come home he couldnt be happier. i dont think there is anything wrong with working full time and having a dog. would i prefer to be home all day yes , is it do-able in my situation no.

most dogs adapt to staying home by themselves in my opinion.
 

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well i work 8 to 430 and i leave my house at 7 get back at 5:15 , my kids leave the house like at 745 and get back like at 4 . so lets say from 745 to 4 dolce is alone at home. Dolce does fine and just like my kids he gets alot of love after i get home , then he sleeps w me , and im w him almost all day on weekends. i think it would be ideal to stay home all day with my fluff and my children but realistically most people do work and it would be very messed up if you couldnt have a maltese cause u work full time . dolce has been with me since he was 16 weeks and he has always done fine staying at home by himself . i leave him gated in my kitchen n he has his bed , his toys , his food and his wee pads , he plays , eats , sleeps and when i come home he couldnt be happier. i dont think there is anything wrong with working full time and having a dog. would i prefer to be home all day yes , is it do-able in my situation no.

most dogs adapt to staying home by themselves in my opinion.
I totally agree. How can you afford to have a dog if you can't work? That's what I always ask myself. It'd be nice to stay home with Micky all day, but then I couldn't afford to feed or groom him. So I work and he stays home all day. He probably just sleeps all day anyway, inbetween chasing the cat and chewing on bully sticks.
 

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I totally agree. How can you afford to have a dog if you can't work? That's what I always ask myself. It'd be nice to stay home with Micky all day, but then I couldn't afford to feed or groom him. So I work and he stays home all day. He probably just sleeps all day anyway, inbetween chasing the cat and chewing on bully sticks.
Those are my feelings exactly. When I was planning to get a dog, I was so worried about the fact that I worked full time...and I kept hearing/reading that you shouldnt get a dog if you work and if the dog would be alone for eight hours a day, then whats the point of getting one. Well if ONLY people who didnt work outside of the house got dogs, then there would be very few pet owners in this country and the shelters/rescues would be jam packed all the time. I think the most important thing is to choose a dog with a temperament/energy level that is compatible with your lifestyle and schedule, and to be fully aware of your individual dog's needs and make sure those are being met...whether that means enrolling them in doggie day care, hiring a mid-day dog walker, waking up super early to excercise them in the morning or coming home at lunch time, etc.

As much as I WISH I could, I dont currently have the ability to stay home full-time or work from home. But I love my dog and make every possible effort to make sure he is happy and well taken care of, and I couldnt imagine not having him. He has adjusted very well to my schedule and does fine - he knows that he has my full attention when I'm home :wub:
 

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I totally agree. How can you afford to have a dog if you can't work? That's what I always ask myself. It'd be nice to stay home with Micky all day, but then I couldn't afford to feed or groom him. So I work and he stays home all day. He probably just sleeps all day anyway, inbetween chasing the cat and chewing on bully sticks.
Those are my feelings exactly. When I was planning to get a dog, I was so worried about the fact that I worked full time...and I kept hearing/reading that you shouldnt get a dog if you work and if the dog would be alone for eight hours a day, then whats the point of getting one. Well if ONLY people who didnt work outside of the house got dogs, then there would be very few pet owners in this country and the shelters/rescues would be jam packed all the time. I think the most important thing is to choose a dog with a temperament/energy level that is compatible with your lifestyle and schedule, and to be fully aware of your individual dog's needs and make sure those are being met...whether that means enrolling them in doggie day care, hiring a mid-day dog walker, waking up super early to excercise them in the morning or coming home at lunch time, etc.

As much as I WISH I could, I dont currently have the ability to stay home full-time or work from home. But I love my dog and make every possible effort to make sure he is happy and well taken care of, and I couldnt imagine not having him. He has adjusted very well to my schedule and does fine - he knows that he has my full attention when I'm home :wub:
 
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