Do you work full time?

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Do you work full time?

Post by TedsHuman » 31 May 2016, 20:53

Hi all

My husband and I have recently become parents to an f1b Labradoodle pup and I was just wondering if anyone worked full time and what they do to keep their doodle entertained?

We both work full time, I have a week off with Ted but have to go back to work soon, in dreading leaving him but we have made arrangements for him whilst we are out.

Until he is old enough to go out we have a professional dog walker coming to the house twice a day to let him out for the toilet and play, I will be coming back at lunch also for 45 mins.

We were going to crate train him but he has responded very very quickly to toilet training that we have bought a puppy pen instead (he is crated at night though).

When he is old enough he will be going to doggy day care 2-3 times a week and on the other 2-3 days he will be going out for an hour long walk with the dog walker (he will also get a long morning and evening walk).

I hope that's enough exercise to keep him happy, since we got him we haven't picked him up much or had him lie on us so that he can be independent as we don't want him to be clingy or cause separation anxiety.

Are there any toys other than the kong for mental stimulation? We got Ted a kong and tried different fillings but he isn't interested yet.

Thanks
Haylie & Ted
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Re: Do you work full time?

Post by jonb » 01 Jun 2016, 08:24

We both work full time and have done since we got Roker just over 2 years ago. What helps us is that i'm only a mile from home so go home to see him at lunchtime and he spends my lunch hour outside etc. Where we are now he has run of a good chunk of the house plus his "room" with all his stuff in which is actually the conservatory. I tend to take him out before work and then a good walk in the evening plus normally once or twice a week my dad goes round to pick him up and either takes him out for a good walk or back to his house where he spends all day in the garden.

Its got easier as he's got older and since we moved house to a bigger place. When he was a young pup we got him just before xmas and i was on the last couple of weeks working shifts so we were around nearly all the time for those first couple of weeks. From there we utilised his crate initially gradually moving to putting his crate in the doorway between the dining room and kitchen so he could sleep in his crate but play around on the kitchen floor should he wish.

Your plan sounds pretty reasonable to be honest and they soon get used to the routine of how things work. To be honest we notice how his days work if we are off because normally about half 9/10ish he settles down for a nap as well!! What we've done certainly hasnt caused any issues with Roker.

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Re: Do you work full time?

Post by TedsHuman » 01 Jun 2016, 09:54

Hi

Thanks for your reply and the vote of confidence!

I was starting to worry about leaving him, we left him for 45 minutes the other day and he cried twice for 3 minutes at a time (we left this app running on my phone that records noise) so at least he wasn't howling the place down for the full 45 minutes.

I'm also gradually increasing the time I leave him and not make a fuss of leaving or coming back so get him used to it. I'm still dreading it though!

I know some people will frown at working and having a dog and it's not a decision we have taken lightly, it was a 4 year ongoing discussion.

I'm glad you have told me about Roker being used to his routine, that is good to hear I hope Ted will adjust I'm just worried about the time from now to establish that routine as he cant go out yet but I suppose as puppies they just want to sleep anyway.

Thanks
Haylie & Ted
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Post by Sharan » 01 Jun 2016, 11:56

It sounds as though you've got a well thought out plan but I agree that it's important to be around more than usual for the puppy.
I took almost a month off work and concentrated on training Rudy and leaving him alone for a few minutes at first then building up to hours and he hasn't had issues with separation anxiety.
If you come home at lunch time and then you have a dog walker as well the puppy won't be alone for too long which is good.
We're lucky because I work a few days a week and my husband works from home but most of my friends who have dogs work conventional full time jobs and they just make sure their dogs are well exercised before they leave and when they come back and they are fine.
To be honest Rudy sleeps from about 9am - 4.00pm! But he gets minimum an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening.
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Post by jonb » 01 Jun 2016, 14:47

TedsHuman wrote:Hi

Thanks for your reply and the vote of confidence!

I was starting to worry about leaving him, we left him for 45 minutes the other day and he cried twice for 3 minutes at a time (we left this app running on my phone that records noise) so at least he wasn't howling the place down for the full 45 minutes.

I'm also gradually increasing the time I leave him and not make a fuss of leaving or coming back so get him used to it. I'm still dreading it though!

I know some people will frown at working and having a dog and it's not a decision we have taken lightly, it was a 4 year ongoing discussion.

I'm glad you have told me about Roker being used to his routine, that is good to hear I hope Ted will adjust I'm just worried about the time from now to establish that routine as he cant go out yet but I suppose as puppies they just want to sleep anyway.

Thanks
Haylie & Ted
If anything with your additional dog walker visits that are planned you are probably more catered for than we were. Initially i split my lunch and had a couple of half hour breaks sort of 11ish and mid afternoon to break it into three stints...fortunately at that time we lived about 500yds from where i worked so i was able to pop back quickly.

You mention apps and you may want to have a look at the one :-
http://www.presencepro.com/

I used it initially with my iPad set up near his cage then in the kitchen when he had that and i could check in via my iPhone to view and listen to the camera feed and see how he was doing. You can now view over the web as well. I was checking all the time initially but gradually stopped just checking every so often plus you can set it so it alerts you to any motion so if he has been asleep it will spot them get up and have a wander around. I found it settled me t hat he was actually doing fine but it could also give you an idea if there is anything to deal with to help things. I actually found that somehow he knew when i'd be back as about 10mins before i left work he would sit by the door waiting for me!

Like you we deliberated over getting him for quite a while and it was a big plunge to take but its definitely the best thing we've done getting him. Definitely recommend getting him into a training class as soon as possible...as soon as Roker was good to get out after his jabs i had him in a local class that was a general training class so he was socialised with dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages doing good general exercises which were a great basis for doing other stuff from...also tires them out all the thinking as well as doing!

I'm not sure what plans you have with regards holidays\kennels\home boarding etc but as much as we go to places where we take Roker with us, including France for nearly 3 weeks each summer, we still have occasions where we have to board him and probably a bit by luck of how things panned out we use the same girl that did his training and he had the odd day from quite early on...think his first visit was 6 months or so. That made it less of a shock and now he has no issues going and actually jumps out of the car and runs off to meet them when we drop him off. Its like his own little holiday out walking etc with his dog mates!!

Some friends of ours decided to get a dog recently and went for a labradoodle partly based on the time they'd spent with Roker and they loved how he was so he must have turned out ok!! :wink:

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Re: Do you work full time?

Post by TedsHuman » 01 Jun 2016, 19:13

Hi hanks for the app suggestion I will definitely check it out I have an iPad so I can use that and view from my phone, I was going to get a canary camera but they are quite expensive so that saves me some money.

I used to live practically next door from work but since moving I am 10 minutes away in the car so I will be coming back at lunch to feed him and play with him every day until he is old enough to go on his long walk in about 6 weeks.

He gets tired very quickly at the moment he has a 5-10 minute burst of energy then throws himself down paws stretched out! He loves to bring his tiny tennis ball back so I think I will try and tire him out before work and il tell his walker what he likes ahead of tomorrow (still dreading it!).

We have a holiday booked for a week in September so I will either take him to my parents or do home boarding, his walker does home boarding too so if he goes there for a week at least he will know her (and we won't worry so much).

I think from now on we will holiday in pet friendly places, we aren't massive holidayers anyway but it will be good to go walking with him when he is older.

I decided on a Labradoodle mostly because I read that they tolerate being alone more than other dogs and they are super clever, I don't know if the alone thing is true but we are trying to teach him to be independent anyway by not letting him on our knee and not picking him up (other than to carry to the toilet at night).

The intelligence is definitely true though, he is so smart, I thought I'd be taking him out every half an hour but he holds it for hours (and for the past 2 nights he has slept through to 5am) he can pee on command too (well 8/10 times!) I'm really impressed with him.
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Re: Do you work full time?

Post by jonb » 02 Jun 2016, 08:55

Worth taking a doodle to the seaside on holiday if only to see them on a beach and in the sea...its a sight to behold!!

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Post by TedsHuman » 02 Jun 2016, 13:56

My parents live near the sea so I will definitely be taking him :-)
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Post by Phoebedoodle » 02 Jun 2016, 16:35

Phoebe (a labradoodle), came to live with us for a couple of months 4 years ago last February! This was whilst her human Mum was living with her parents. Anyway, I am beginning to wonder if she really is a doodle, having read all the activities arranged for Doodles whilst their humans are busy earning money to keep their Doodles.

Her routine during the week is to trundle downstairs if she detects I'm making myself a packed lunch for work, then as soon as she sees me pick my work bag up she goes back upstairs to bed. If there's no indication of food prep she doesn't even bother coming down. She then reluctantly goes for a walk with my husband before he goes to work then straight back to bed. Anyone, visitors invited or otherwise will not get a greeting before 5pm, she is busy having her daytime nap. Arriving home after 5pm, I am greeted with a very waggy tail and one of her toys to admire. She deigns to keep us company until we say 'bedtime for dogs', she then hurtles upstairs back to bed like an express train. If we stay up unexpectedly late, she takes herself off to bed about 10pm.

She has learnt to recognise that weekends are different and it's very hard to get out of the house without her. She loves a weekend walk followed by a trip to the shops (butchers, treat stall etc) or the pub for a snack.

Are boy Doodles more active than girls or have we got a misfit?

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Post by jonb » 03 Jun 2016, 11:29

Roker is definitely not a morning Doodle....i got up one morning last week and he was no where to be seen, had a shower and by the time i was out Roker was on our bed, head on pillow fast asleep again! This morning i wandered into the dining room and looked into the conservatory where his settee is, said good morning to him and he didnt even lift his head to acknowledge me. When i came back down later he dragged himself out for the loo, had his brekkie, wander down the street for another toilet trip and then back on his settee for a nap!

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Re: Do you work full time?

Post by Brooks13 » 03 Jun 2016, 12:29

Sounds like lovely lives these doodles have!

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Post by stout » 03 Jun 2016, 14:24

We both do - Stout goes to work with Chris - but is often by himself most of the day even then (having decided he wont go in the drey van!). His routine is - wake up at 8 wanting breakfast when Chris gets up, he often comes back to bed until I get up at 8:30 ish (although after a few snoozes it is more like 8:50 :oops: ), bark at Chris until he takes him to the park, run round with his mates until 10, then go to work sleep all day (he does manage to wake up for attention if anyone goes into the office :roll: ), then starts sticking his nose under Chris' elbow to demand to go home at 6. He is normally snoozing by 8 then takes himself to be about 11 ish.
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Post by Bid » 03 Jun 2016, 22:23

I am going to voice the unpopular opinion - I don't think puppies or adults should be left all day. An adult will be OK if they get a walk before you leave, and at least an hour during the day, but it's not ideal, and a puppy will need a lot more interaction. I had a long gap between dogs when I worked full time because I didn't feel it right to have a dog when I couldn't give it the attention it deserved. Dogs are social creatures - why would you get one and then leave it alone?
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Post by We5Kings » 04 Jun 2016, 13:21

Totally agree with you Bid. Like you I waited until I was able to work from home to get another dog. I would never leave a dog,day in day out. Dogs need us as much as we need them... More so in fact.
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Post by TedsHuman » 05 Jun 2016, 16:31

Unpopular probably, but only because most people will work and have a dog. I agree though that it would better to be home all day to be with your dog but that isn't possible in most people's situations.

if he was crying when I leave, destroying things and going to the toilet whilst we aren't there I would be worried but he seems to have adjusted fine, I come back and he is in his crate asleep (with the door open and full run of the kitchen when he is older he will get full run of the house) Often when my husband and I are in all day (like today) he will go off and play by himself outside or in the kitchen so I'm not worried. When he is old enough to go out he will get 3 long walks a day and a trip to doggy day care 2/3 times a week.

If only people who were home all day could have a dog then there would be a lot of dogs without a home, so whilst I agree that yes it would be better for owners to be home all day it doesn't mean the dog will have a bad life.
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