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    Hi guys,

    This is my first post on this forum. I like dogs very much and would love to buy German Shepherd puppy. I am willing to give proper training and spend good amount of time with my first dog in evening and if possible in morning too.

    However, as I and my wife work full-time is it possible to keep German Shepherd home alone during the day? I can ensure dog has access to food and water while we are away but not sure if this is workable??

    Looking for some positive replies. TIA.

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    To be honest i can't see why not? as long as you can provide adequate food, water and shelter whilst you are at work, and your property is big enough for her/him to run about whilst you are home & escape proof then i don't see the problem. You also need to take in account that you will still need to walk your pup every morning/evening & some obedience training or puppy school you will need to make time for. I also had the same problem both me and my partner were working long days so we decided against getting a puppy as we weren't sure whether we would have time to toilet train, etc so we adopted a two year old dog. I would usually take her for short works in the morning, and my partner takes her in the evening. She also attends Obedience once a week at 8pm (late but at least most people are home by that time) Don't forget you also have doggy daycare & paid dog walker options available too

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    Thanks for reply Kuri_89, I was more concerned as I have heard that dogs can get depressed or probably keep barking while we are away. Would you know if there is any training involved in this? Cheers,

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    Hi Garry, to the forum!

    Both of my dogs have been home alone since they were 6 weeks old whist my partner and I were at work. When we first got Harley I would leave the door to the kitchen/dining area open so he could come and go as he pleased inside the house and also the radio on so that he would hear people talking (apparently it is comforting to them). Walking in the morning would be a must, that way they use up a lot of energy and sleep all day. Also lots of toys like treat balls, kongs and things that will keep them occupied are also a good way to pass the time for them.

    I find that generally dogs sleep most of the day when you aren't home anyway. So long as they don't get bored and can't escape they should be fine. I think barking is also a result of being bored or if you have an anxious dog etc, all dogs will bark when they hear a noise etc though, that's just natural. If it is ever a problem (and if it was I think your neighbours would let you know) you can always invest in an anti barking collar. But I wouldn't be to overly concerned about it barking while you are not there.

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    It should be able to be done, especially if you give the pup lots of entertaining toys, such as chew toys and filled kongs. But some GSD's do get lonely and are known to become barkers. I see quite a few of them.

    Also make sure when you get the new pup, you starts its life like you would like it to be in the future. So don't give it lots of time when you first get it and suddenly go off to work. Start "quiet time" from the day you get the pup. And make it "normal" for the puppy to be played with in the morning and evening.

    I have four dogs and I am on holiday at present.....It is amazing how my dogs have a living pattern. They come inside at 8am and go to sleep, even though I am home. Occasionally getting up and having a look around. I am not changing this and am quite pleased that they have settled in such a routine.

    We make our leaving and coming home routines very boring. We just walk out and say nothing. They do get a treat a bit earlier, in our household a small brisket bone. When we get home we do some different things before we even let them out. So it is boring for them and very little excitement. A lot of fuss on leaving and arriving causes anxiety in dogs.

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    I dont make a fuss when i leave but when i come home its pretty full on as he tries to maul me with love.

    I was able to have the first week off work when i got my pup and then i had a neighbour visit him and feed him his pre made lunch for about 5 to 10 minutes everyday and it work a treat. Plenty of toys, bones and pigs ears kept him entertained aswell. I didnt leave him food in his bowl as he would have 'grazed' all day and i would have lost track of his intake and he would loose his appetite for the dinner meal(I'm strict on what and how much my guy eats).
    A stereo or T.V left on loud can also help the pup feel like someone is still around.
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    I think it does depend a bit on the individual dog and possibly the breed too. I worried about my dog being alone because she probably has kelpie in her, but she was fine - maybe also because she's a mix of a few breeds. I do make sure she gets walked in the morning - I really believe that makes a massive difference to the dog. And I leave a treat ball, kongs, fresh bones and rawhide chews. And still often find ripped open garbage bags etc. when I come home, but I can deal with that.

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    I don't have issue leaving my dog alone at home. The only prob i encounter is that i have a cat, they hate each other. One time i went home and saw that my house looks like someone crashed in! LOL

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    Yeah i also leave the radio on for my guys, i bought a cheap $10.00 alarm radio to leave in the garage and i turn it on so it keeps their mind off the fact that nobody is home. I also throw a few brisket bones in the garden so they have something to do whilst i'm gone, along with a couple of toy's i'm not sure what to do if he starts barking, as my one doesn't have a tendency to bark i would say puppy classes would be a great basis to start with, you could ask them for advice about if they start to bark, with our obedience classes, they not only show you how to train your dog but they also ask if we are having trouble at home, behavioral problems etc.
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    The most important thing is he gets enough mental and physical stimulation. I'm home almost all the time with Jack, most of the day he spends sunning himself on the back lawn(and then comes panting back into the carport to crash to cool down once he cooks himself). Around 4pm each day, jack comes to see me(i'll obviously have seen him during the day but mostly he's doing his thing and i'm doing mine), can see the excited look in his eyes, "Its beach time isn't it". Some days he gets an hour at the beach, some days two hours, he also gets to sit on my lap watching tv getting pats and the occasional playfight thrown in. On the odd occasion where i have to go out and he doesn't get a run its not an issue(except he will sit and look at a wall as i get into my car - plays the guilt trip well does jack).

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