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How long can i leave a 12 week old puppy home alone?

My partner and i are about to take home a 12 week old german shepherd puppy, but we both have jobs. There will be 3 days during the course of a week where nobody for 8 hours, but the other 4 days there is someone in the house. Will the puppy be ok alone when we're at work? She would be in the kitchen with a dog bed, food, water and toys and a newspapered corner.

Asked By: - 11/18/2010
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Keep the pup in a large kennel with enough room to have a p*e pad... More
Answered By: dhmcconniel - 11/18/2010
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lock it in a safe
Answered By: MORRISON - 11/18/2010
 
That depends on how much p*e you wish to clean up and how much stuff you want destroyed. I would not leave them alone for more than three hours at a time. I left my Basenji home alone for an hour and came home to all the knobs eaten off the stove, the hardware chewed of the cupboards, tiles pulled up off the floor a... More
Answered By: RumRunners - 11/18/2010
 
The puppy should be ok, but it may later get into a habit of barking every time you are out of its sight. Just make sure the puppy can't get anything he's not supposed to and leave something for him to play with as well.
Answered By: janeilhomeblack - 11/18/2010
 
Truthfully its really cruel to do this to a puppy, plus the disadvantage is that you will not get the best out of the dog when it's older because no bond was made during those early months. When there is a bond between animal and owner its a wonderful feeling. House training etc will take much much longer, the puppy... More
Answered By: Billie - 11/18/2010
 
Please look into crate training. It protects the puppy from being harmed with just about anything in your house, gives them a safe place to identify with when scared, tired or bored and stops the dreadful separation anxiety that young pups sometimes have. Check with the person you are getting the puppy from to see if... More
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Answered By: doglady - 11/18/2010
 
I'd hire a neighborhood kid to walk him and potty him on those long days. Crate training might be a better idea also. Be sure to take him for a good long walk before you leave for work. It will tire him out, and he will sleep more of that long 8 hour lapse away.
Answered By: .KNL. - 11/18/2010
 
ideally not any longer than 3 hours but if you have to ensure that it is completely 150% SAFE!! puppies are so curious about everthing if she breaks something or mangaes to hurt herself with an kitchen appliance you will regret leaving the darling. try to get the puppy when you can spend lots of time with him/her :)
Answered By: Zac Efron - 11/18/2010
 
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