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Is your malt home alone during the day?

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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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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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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:
i agree .
I just don't think we should be made to feel guilty for working.
aww she will get used to it .. dolce used to whine n look at me with these sad eyes , but he got used to it , and he doesnt eat much during the time im not there either , he eats his breakfast n even though i leave his food out he hardly eats til i get home .. he spends most of the time napping , and he does play with his toys at times .. she will be fine and when u get home she will treat u like god walked in . lol
I thought I would express my thoughts even though I am so new here and have only had Luna Bella for one week tomorrow. I was so torn because I DO work full-time. I can go home for lunch.....and 4 out of 5 days, my partner is able to pop in once or twice a day since he runs our little cafe only a few miles away. I was totally with her for the first 5 days and then I returned to work yesterday. It was so hard. She has a double Iris pen..her dry kibble (that she seems to ignore) water (that she barely drinks??) her comfy bed and blanket...and lots of toys that I am changing out every few days I think so she does not get bored. Luna Bella whines when I put her back in the pen and jumps up and down...but then settles down. Sometimes she tries to rip her pee pad even though I now have it in a plastic holder/tray......she does not seem to want to do her poop on it, however and chooses to do it on the floor....So far I think she is o.k. as during those first five days I gradually let her be by herself for longer periods of time in her play pen and she could hear me. I also had the t.v. on in the next room (a decorating and house hunting type of thing so no loud, violent type of noise) I am hoping that she does not think these past two days are any different than her first five with me. I truly wish I could be home with her like I was for my skin babies years ago.....but that is just not the case.
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