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    Question Help/ owning a puppy but working during the day.

    Hello
    My name is Jim was hoping some one could give me some advice I live alone and have been
    thinking about getting a german shepherd puppy as a companion because I read
    they form a really solid bond with a single owner but I work from 6:00am until 2:30pm
    will this be a problem with feeding / boredom if so what can I do to prevent this,
    Apart from that I will be with him/her for the rest of day.

    thanks to all who post a comment

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    Hi Jim, welcome tothe forum!!

    I would certainly suggest getting someone over to your house during the morning/day to check on and feed pup hike you are work. This could be a family member, friend or neighbour, or you could hire someone to do this.

    It would be important to exercise his pup each morning before you go to work, so you would need to be dedicated to getting up earlier than you already are to ensure your pup is tired before you leave.

    I'm glad you have come to the forum BEFORE getting a pup. Please look at the "sticky threads" at the top ofte puppy forum to gain as much knowledge as possible before getting your pup, particularly the one regarding backyard breeders and puppy farms.

    If you have any questions, I'm her we'll all be happy to direct you to the right place for the answers.

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    I read they form a really solid bond with a single owner
    They're not the only dog that does this - most of the herding breeds will, cattle dogs in particular. One of the nick names for a cattle dog is "blue glue" - it's the blue thing stuck to the back of your knee everywhere you go.

    With the herding dogs - you have to be really keen on dog training and exercise otherwise they will drive you nuts.

    And do make friends with a breeder who cares about the health and strength of their puppies.
    You want one that ticks all these boxes
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    And this is what they're looking for with you
    How to get a puppy from us (or another good breeder) | Ruffly Speaking

    Remember that the right puppy can take 12 months or more to be planned for and born. First there have to be some health tests along with choosing a compatible mate, then the bitch has to come in season - 6 months or more (litters should be planned to be apart about 1.5 years minimum) and then 3 months or so gestation, 8 to 12 weeks puppydom with the litter building immunity and learning puppy manners - then the puppy can go to the new home, ideally already toilet trained most of the way, you just have to explain toileting outside means all houses not just their first home, and microchipped and vaccinated (at least 2 out of 3 shots) etc.

    Best way to meet quality GSD would be the breed club or sport dog club in your state.

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    PS little puppies sleep a lot. So if you can get someone (dog minding / dog sitting / neighbour) to look in at the half way point, and get some exercise in before work and when you get home, should be all good.

    Vague rule of thumb with puppy exercise - 5 minutes per month of age per session - so if you take home an 8 week old - that's 10 minutes before work of play and training, then food, toilet and ...

    beware of food and exercise being too close together because of something called "bloat".
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...oat-chart.html

    If you can take the first few days you have the puppy home - off work - that will help too.

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    I have had pups and worked long hours and lived on my own. 6 am till 2.30 pm shouldnt be a problem. However you need to realise that you will need to get up early to give your dog some play before you go to work. There are some hard yards that go with a pup. You will need to leave your puppy secure during the day and be prepared to get up during the night to toilet the puppy. Plenty of dogs form close bonds. I have cattle dogs and they dont call them velcro dogs for nothing.

    Be prepared to invest time into training. If you have your heart set on a GSD it is very important with this breed to find a good breeder especially one that cares about temperament, structure and the hip and elbow dysplasias.

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    We have a Kelpie pup and she is a people dog for sure! She wants cuddles and attention all the time. But we are same, she is home by herself for 8 hrs a day.
    My partner gets up a little earlier each morning and takes her for a 15 min walk and we take her either on a walk in the arvo or we go to a mates place where she can play with another dog.
    During the day we have plenty of toys and a wobble kong which keeps her occupied well when not sleeping that is

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    I agree that lots of dogs do form strong bonds with their owner. Some will bond to more than one person if they are there, other's won't. But most of the ones in the first category will be fine with a single owner too.

    I would carefully consider what your requirements are for this new pup first. GSDs are wonderful dogs, but they are not exactly low maintenance. They require lots of mental and physical stimulation. And it is a dog that you want to have under full control at all times because lots of people and other dogs will feel intimidated by your dog.

    The most important questions are probably:
    How much time to do you want to spend walking the dog each day?
    How much time and effort do you want to put into basic training and advanced training?

    The rest is kind of personal. I found it very important to have a dog that didn't have a tendency to bark. And also one that was easy to socialise.

    But it is very important that you try to imagine what living with a certain breed will be like not only in the near future but in the distant future, when they're all grown up.

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    If you are looking at a young puppy because you want a strong bond/friendship,
    then also consider an older pup (plenty in rescue at 7-12 months of age.)
    You could look at Petrescue.com.au
    Any dog will give you love and loyalty regardless of age.

    Our first dog Oz, was 5 when he was given to us but within a week we felt like
    he had been our dog forever.

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    Thanks to you all the response and info was really help full

    I have my mind set on this breed because i have a big yard and with a lot of time on my hands i do a fair bit of exercise also for a bit of security.
    thanks again.

    P.S Wobble Kong = AWESOME pet toy

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    You can get a baby puppy working full time if you put in the effort. During the day if you provide enough toys and space, somewhere where the dog can stay out of trouble, the pup will sleep half of it away anyway. Pee, poo and play before work and plenty after when you get home as you're back during daylight hours no matter the season. I would be allowing the dog to be an inside/outside dog too, not outside only if you dont want a nuisence barker.

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