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dog walker? doggie daycare?

Hi, everyone. If you work during the day and use either a dog walker or doggie daycare to help with your pup, can you please tell me a bit about your experience? Is it imperative that Havanese only live with people who are home all day? Thanks in advance for your continued feedback.

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I work full time and do not use doggie day care or dog walker. I am probably a rare one here.
I do not believe it is imperative to be at home all day for the dog. When I do work from home they just sleep at my feet. When I am gone they just sleep in their crates until someone is home.
I do try to do as many things with them as possible (normal activities plus dog classes and agility), but I have children also so my life is not devoted to dogs. Would they prefer to be with me all the time? Probably, but they are fine

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I work full time and use a dog walker. We started with 2 15 minute walks a day when he was a puppy but moved to 1 30 minute walk when he turned a year old. I have considered doing away with the walker all together. At this point, it is my guilt at not being home. We have also quit crating him during the day. He gets the run of the family room and kitchen that have been dog proofed.

As someone told me before Loki came home, he will be so little his normal will be that you are gone during the week. I think it would be harder if you adopted an older dog that was used to someone being home.

I do walk him morning and night too. He now demands an evening walk - he comes and paws me and looks toward the leash if I haven't taken him. I also take him to classes. On the weekends, I like to take him with me everywhere he can go. I got a stroller (something I never thought I would do) just so he could go to the mall and run errands with me.
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I'm home, but bring Penelope to doggie daycare two days a week for her socialization. We've had a very good experience. The place she goes screens the dogs she accepts only dogs she feels will get along well.
Penelope loves it! And it gives us some time to get things done without worrying about her


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Thanks for these helpful responses. My partner and I both have full-time jobs. A breeder turned us down because we work outside the home, even though we plan to hire a dog walker and use dog daycare in our neighborhood. The breeder's position struck me as a bit elitist because surely only wealthy people can afford to be home with a dog all day. (Hell, even children go to day care and have nannies!) I want to learn about other people's experiences with day-time care for their Havanese so my partner and I can be as informed as possible when we get our puppy.

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Thanks for these helpful responses. My partner and I both have full-time jobs. A breeder turned us down because we work outside the home, even though we plan to hire a dog walker and use dog daycare in our neighborhood. The breeder's position struck me as a bit elitist because surely only wealthy people can afford to be home with a dog all day. (Hell, even children go to day care and have nannies!) I want to learn about other people's experiences with day-time care for their Havanese so my partner and I can be as informed as possible when we get our puppy.
I got turned down by a breeder we worked too. Keep looking they aren't all that way. I would suggest planning to take a week or at least a few days off when you get a puppy, if you can, to help get them acclimated and to start working on separation anxiety.

This is a good article that explains what to do the first few days home. https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/is...rs_5374-1.html


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I got turned down by a breeder we worked too. Keep looking they aren't all that way. I would suggest planning to take a week or at least a few days off when you get a puppy, if you can, to help get them acclimated and to start working on separation anxiety.

This is a good article that explains what to do the first few days home. https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/is...rs_5374-1.html
Thanks for the reassurance. I plan to take 2-3 weeks off when we get our puppy. After that, I can take it to work with me one day a week, and I work from home 1 day a week, so it's really just 3 days/week that it would have a walker or be at daycare. The search for a breeder continues...
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Thanks for these helpful responses. My partner and I both have full-time jobs. A breeder turned us down because we work outside the home, even though we plan to hire a dog walker and use dog daycare in our neighborhood. The breeder's position struck me as a bit elitist because surely only wealthy people can afford to be home with a dog all day. (Hell, even children go to day care and have nannies!) I want to learn about other people's experiences with day-time care for their Havanese so my partner and I can be as informed as possible when we get our puppy.

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I got my last Hav because I don't work outside the home and don't have children. That is what the breeder was looking for to place that pup. I don't think I've found a reputable Havanese breeder that doesn't ask the question about how long the Hav will be alone during the day. As a rule they don't "love" to be alone for long stretches. My Hav Apollo wouldn't let me go pee @ 2am without following me. That said, after he was grown and housebroken I could leave him for several hours at a time without it being an issue at all, he had full run of our house. But it took two years to get to that point. Before the two year mark if we left him alone for more than 2-3 hours it was a crapshoot (emphasis on the word crap). He'd sometimes get anxious and poop in the area he was confined in and then step in it. We really had to work with him to get him comfortable with it.

Even though I don't work outside the home I sent him to daycare for socialization and my sanity so I could leave the house for more than 2 hours. Daycare can be great or awful. The one I took Apollo to started out great, then the peole who made it great left. The owner was shorthanded and eager for money so she slacked on screening the dogs. I pulled Apollo out right away after the employess I liked and trusted left. The daycare had a nasty dog fight which resulted in a bad injury to a lab puppy, he lost part of an ear.

How long would your pup/dog be alone on average every day?
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I got my last Hav because I don't work outside the home and don't have children. That is what the breeder was looking for to place that pup. I don't think I've found a reputable Havanese breeder that doesn't ask the question about how long the Hav will be alone during the day. As a rule they don't "love" to be alone for long stretches. My Hav Apollo wouldn't let me go pee @ 2am without following me. That said, after he was grown and housebroken I could leave him for several hours at a time without it being an issue at all, he had full run of our house. But it took two years to get to that point. Before the two year mark if we left him alone for more than 2-3 hours it was a crapshoot (emphasis on the word crap). He'd sometimes get anxious and poop in the area he was confined in and then step in it. We really had to work with him to get him comfortable with it.

Even though I don't work outside the home I sent him to daycare for socialization and my sanity so I could leave the house for more than 2 hours. Daycare can be great or awful. The one I took Apollo to started out great, then the peole who made it great left. The owner was shorthanded and eager for money so she slacked on screening the dogs. I pulled Apollo out right away after the employess I liked and trusted left. The daycare had a nasty dog fight which resulted in a bad injury to a lab puppy, he lost part of an ear.

How long would your pup/dog be alone on average every day?
We are away from home for about 6 hours a day during the week. We'd break that up by having a dog walker come after approximately three hours to be with the dog for 30 minutes a day.

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We are away from home for about 6 hours a day during the week. We'd break that up by having a dog walker come after approximately three hours to be with the dog for 30 minutes a day.
You will be fine as long as you work on crate training and separation anxiety from day one. I also trained both U Go Dog and outside. Loki much prefers outside but will use the pad if he needs to. Makes me not so concerned about leaving him...he isn't anxious about potty if needs to go.
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