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!