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    Default Working 8 Hours a Day ... What to Do

    Hey,

    Yesterday we got a 7 week old amstaff and my partner is returning to work tomorrow and i'm lucky enough not to have to return until Tuesday.

    But what to do ?

    He's been sleeping in the laundry at night and we've had to get up a few times during the night for a lil play 'n' pee.

    Today we had to go out for about 2 hours and left him outside (as the weather was nice) and that seemed to go ok ... nothing was destroyed and he seemed not to distressed when we got back ... However this may be a lil dangerous for 8-9 hours on tuesday, incase he injurs himself etc ..

    Should we be leaving him in the laundry during this time ? with his toys / water and puppy pads (pee pads)?? Obviously we'd make sure he went to the toilet before we left and had lots to do however is this too long ?

    Thanks

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    How big is your yard?

    I think leaving him outside will be better as he will need to do it at some point, try putting him out there whilst your still at home and see what he does then make a decision based on that.

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    7 weeks is awfully young be left outside all day. Aside from the possibilty of injury, keep in mind that he is only very little and unable to regulate his body temperature yet. If it gets extremely cold while you're at work, as it can do this time of year, he could be come sick. If you'd rather not leave him inside, I suggest you purchase a reasonable sized "play pen" and restrict his wanderings to an undercover area, like an undercover varandah. Supply him with blankets, food and water and plenty of toys, and he should be fine!

    Good Luck - I can totally relate to this particular dilema

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    Going on from Phoenix's post when i said it would be better to leave him outside thats taking into account that you have a suitable area for him to go if its cold and or raining say a garage or shed with ample bedding.

    If you do decide to leave him outside get a radio and have it turned on also this way he will feel as if someone is around and is probably use to the sound of the stereo or tv when someones home.

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    Thanks for the info

    the last 2 days we've left him inside but have the laundry / hallway / bathroom area (took everything away that he could possibly get into and this seems to work ok as he's peeing and pooping on his nappy mat things ... and he seems happy to roam around the house when he get's home

    He's had plenty of toys / bedding / radio etc to keep him entertianed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichigo View Post
    Thanks for the info

    the last 2 days we've left him inside but have the laundry / hallway / bathroom area (took everything away that he could possibly get into and this seems to work ok as he's peeing and pooping on his nappy mat things ... and he seems happy to roam around the house when he get's home

    He's had plenty of toys / bedding / radio etc to keep him entertianed
    Sound slike you have it all sorted

    Hope everything goes well. And that he doesnt poo everywhere.

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    Well, i got a new puppy not long ago and i have to go to school for 6 hours a day and no one is home for her because my parents are at work all day so i just left her in the backyard and she loved it. When i came home from school to take her for a walk and groom her she didnt want to leave! Good luck with yours. Thanks

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    Thats good that he is going on his puppy training mats, my dog is almost one now and she still goes on them, its almost like the backyard all over again she doesn't want to leave! She is going well though at the moment, i play soccer with her all day every day and i'll tell you what she makes a good defender lol she even headed the ball once!

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    How did it go?

    When leaving your puppy/dog for long periods of time (say for work) make sure he is in a safe area with enough food, water, and play things. Dogs and puppies get easily bored so get out those chew toys that you can insert treats into. That will take him a good number of minutes before he figures things out.

    Also, if you have time to visit him during breaks from work -- like lunch break, then that would be awesome.

    Hope everything turned out okay!

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    It probably did. The pup would now be two years old, lmao.
    Not so bright, Paul.

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