I'm new here as I will be getting a Kelpie puppy next week. The puppy will be 8 weeks old. Anyways, I was just wondering how long I can leave the puppy alone each day? I won't be working full time (teaching near my house) until next year February so I'll have Oct - Jan free to spend time with the puppy and socialising him. However, I do tutor VCE students and since their final exam is coming up, I need to tutor approximately 2 days per week for 3 hours each time. This means that I won't be home for 4 hours (including travelling time) on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout October. My mum will be able to take him to the toilet during the time I'm away but I highly doubt she will be able to spend 4 hours with him. Is it alright if I leave him with a Kong or something safe to play with while I'm gone?
The other concern I have is that I'll be doing full time work next year. I did not expect this when I bought the puppy from the breeder but I just received a job offer from a nearby school last week so I've decided to accept the ongoing position as teaching jobs are quite competitive right now unless I go to rural areas. I don't think it makes sense to turn down a job offer for next year because I'm getting a puppy now...I would consider this opportunity to be very rare. I know first year teaching is tough so I'll try my best to take care of the puppy and taking him to professional training sessions among all the marking, lesson planning etc
I'm staying home so the puppy will be with my family too. My mum will be home for most of the days and my siblings will come home in the afternoon from school so I guess they can spend a bit of time with the Kelpie when I'm at work. However, I can't guarantee people will be home every day. So here's my daily schedule:
6am - 7:30am: Exercise and play with dog. Go out for a long walk / free run and play fetch.
8am: Feed dog and leave for work.
Noon: Mum takes dog out on a walk.
4:30pm - 5:30pm: Arrive home and take the dog out for another walk / free run and play session
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Training and doing some mental stimulation work with the dog e.g. puzzles, hide seek
7pm - 9pm: Complete school work (lesson planning, marking) with the dog next to me
What are your thoughts about the above schedule? If you work full time, do you think the above schedule works?