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Thinking of getting a Dobie pup but work full-time

Hi All,

Iím looking at getting a dobie pup but Iím concerned about my working hours and if itís fair on the dog.

Getting a dog-walker isnít an issue and my friends mum actually runs a doggy day care company (itís not cheap but luckily I can afford to do this). Having said this, I still work in London and live by the coast in Essex, UK (an hours commute each way) and work from 8.30am till 6pm. So Iím actually going to be out of the house from 7am through till 7pm. Even with a dog walker coming round at 12pm/1pm for an hour Ė is this just simply too long?

I get up at 5.30am every day anyway to relax, but I could easily fit in a 45 minute walk in the mornings and Iím actually really happy to do this Ė not just for the dog but also for myself. When I get in, will be an hour walk as well. Obviously Iíll have the whole weekend with the dog (so 5 days out of the 7 are a bit tough).

I canít stress enough that I will do the above, not just one of these people that say theyíll do something and then not when it comes to it.

I've also booked a month off work over the Christmas period which is when I was planning on getting one. Been doing a lot of reading (obviously) and just thought what everyone's opinion was... And please be honest!

Does anyone else work these sorts of hours and make it work?

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out of the house from 7am through till 7pm. Even with a dog walker coming round at 12pm/1pm for an hour – is this just simply too long?

IMO - yes that is too long if you are getting a young puppy.
Hoss came to us at 12 weeks........he was out for play and potty breaks every 3 hours.
At this age they are babies and do need alot of sleep .......but they also have small bladders and need some roam around time under close supervision.
Also worth mentioning they easily develop habits .....so very important to have someone with your pup that understands appropriate dog handling techniques and will keep a watchful eye for trouble.
Doggy day care can be real nice ......but they can pickup bad habits and health issues in that environment also...so real good idea to make sure doggy daycare runs a tight ship so to speak.
Good luck with your search.

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Hey, thanks for the quick response.

I didn't mention sorry, the dog walker does 2 visits per day for puppies as the normal 1 hour walk would be too long until they're older (she breaks it up into 2 visits).

Even then though, I appreciate it's not ideal.
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The dog deserves more time with an owner than you can provide considering your schedule. Get a cat.
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I think an adult doberman would be a better choice.
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I agree with Greenouki and LadyDi. A puppy needs more interactions and bonding than the walks. You would be missing some important imprinting times that stay with him/her a lifetime.

How about considering an adult Doberman such as a rescue?
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I'd veto a puppy at this time. You really don't have enough time to spend with a puppy during a very formative stage of their life (8 weeks to 8 months.)

Even an adult Dobe is kind of sketchy--in fact I'd say any breed of dog with those hours--even with dog walkers and a good day care it's far from ideal for any age. Dobes (and most breeds) do better with more owner contact on regular basis. Cats are probably a better choice--they can and o deal with less interactions with owners than dog do.

I've had puppies and jobs with long hours but solved a lot of problems that come up with situations like that by living very close to the place where I worked and could make deals with my employers to work shifts that accommodated the puppy (opened the place in the morning, took two or three hour lunches and closed it at night)--but I lived within an easy 10 minutes from work. And later, I went to work for a vet clinic where I could bring the puppy to work with me and he got socialized by everyone in the clinic--got walked by some of the employees who took walks on their breaks and lunch hours and met and learned to be polite to other dogs of many breeds who belonged to other employees while they were puppies.

But that's so far from what your situation is that I'd regard it as a no go.

So sorry...

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I think an adult doberman would be a better choice.
I am just wondering how will the schedule work when the dog needs meds for a chronic medical problem. Cardio comes to mind...... Or if the dog is put on something like Lasix and needs to potty throughout the day and night.
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When i first received my present male Dobe he was with me 24/7 for a about his first 3 years. He did not have any behavioral issues only some food issues where he would only eat unless i stood with him and i just reasoned that since i am always on the move he never wanted me to leave him behind.
We had a life style change and he could not be with me at work as much. I was leaving him home with a female mix but coming home for lunch to spend time with the both.
His eating problem went away but developed issues of tearing up clothes and licking issues. The clothes issue can be controlled but the licking i feel is a type of OCD he developed from just being left alone. When he spends more time with me the licking goes away and longer periods of alone time it ramps up.
I thinks that there are some dobes that can do well spending day after day alone during daylight work hour but IMO a Doberman needs and deserves to have a human companion to interact with so than can keep their sanity.
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