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Old 08-04-2014, 01:18 PM
 
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My wife and I have amstaff terrier mix who is 9 months old. We are gone 10 hours of the day and leave her in a crate. She is a high energy puppy but we excercise her regularly and she sleeps with us. Day care is expensive but is it worth it?
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:41 PM
 
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Something is necessary to keep a dog from spending 10 hours solid in a crate? Can you hire a dog walker to break up the day for her?
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:45 PM
 
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Something is necessary to keep a dog from spending 10 hours solid in a crate? Can you hire a dog walker to break up the day for her?
Well no one can come unfortunately. We can keep her in a room, we have a door divider.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:56 PM
 
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10 hours without a break in a crate is too long, especially for a young dog. Leaving her in a room would be better, although she's more likely to be destructive if she's bored. The other issue is holding the bladder that long every day isn't really reasonable. Even if she can do it, it's not healthy on a regular basis. A dog walker coming in once a day would be no more expensive than day care, and there are more and more of them all the time. I would get references. A kong with peanut butter and treats/kibble will help keep her occupied, if you aren't doing that now. If you don't want someone coming into your home, then I would go with day care.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:17 PM
 
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You're going to get all sort of responses from people who feel you need daycare, a dog walker, etc. The reality is that the majority of dog owners work and their dogs are fine without someone stopping at the house in the middle of the day, and most dogs in shelters and overnight at vets offices go that long without someone letting them out of cages too. Since this will be a long term issue for your dog through its life, being out of the cage as soon as she's old enough is ideal. By 9 months old, your dog should be house trained, and dogs adjust their water intake accordingly so they don't need to urinate while owners are at work. As a result, she should be ready for a room. The issue won't be her having accidents in the house, but she's still young enough she might cause destruction via chewing things up in whatever room you leave her. If you can't handle that, remove anything you don't want destroyed from that room. Since dogs like their crates and consider them their dens and safe place, make sure you have her crate open in the room because she'll want to go into it to sleep.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:58 AM
 
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I personally would not get a dog if I had to leave it alone for 10 hours a day five days a week. Dogs are social animals. Some of them can stand to be alone for a few hours, perhaps even 7 or 8, but 10 hours of solitude for several days per week is too much in my opinion. At least consider getting another dog to keep her company, perhaps a male; or a dog-walker who could come in five hours into your pup's long day.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:03 AM
 
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I think the dog would be fine without daycare.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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If you can afford it, day care once a week or so would be something I would do. It gets your girl out of the house and into a situation that will reinforce socialization and play time for her.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:29 AM
 
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I think a lot of people overuse crates. Working of course is a necessity for most people, and the dog walker idea is an excellent one. It would allow her to get out of the crate, use the bathroom, and exercise, as well as have some human companionship. It would also be more economical. Being in the crate so long without being able to use the bathroom is probably uncomfortable for her.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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I don't think you need daycare but I do think 10 hours in a crate is way too long for any dog. I'd get a baby gate and put her in a room so she can at least walk around and stretch out.
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