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Hi everyone...again!

I just have one more question before I finally pull the trigger and get a Havanese. Based on your experience, how long would you say it's ok to leave the dog home alone? The problem is that I work 9-10 hours a day and I am not sure how a Havanese will manage alone in the house for that many hours. Do I need to start saving for a dog walker or should I just stop fooling myself that I can own a Havanese while keeping my current job?? Please be gentle!

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Havanese are companion dogs and don't do well when left alone for long periods of time. With your schedule, I would say you definitely need a dog walker to come for an hour a day.

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I will try to be gentle
I have only been a Havanese owner for about 4mo. I never left Maddie for more than three hours. I have a part time job that is seasonal. Maddies dad would come home at lunch and feed and play with her. my job was from 10:00 to 3:00 four days a week. I took two weeks off work when I first got her. She would be very unhappy if left for over that amount of time. They are a good dog for people who stay home or can have someone day care. A puppy needs to have attention and lots of attention in order to feel secure .
A time or two I left her for over 4 hr and she was all wet around her mouth. she had a accident in her create. Maybe if you could take vacation time and find help and latter after all the shots go to dogie day care that might work

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I think 9 hours a day is too long to leave ANY dog alone, let alone a companion breed like a Hav. That doesn't necessarily mean that you can't work something out, but you will need to be creative. For instance, you might be better off with an older, quieter, fully house trained dog than a puppy. Even so, you'd still need someone to come and give your dog a potty walk sometime during the day. Two dogs can keep each other company, too, so that's another option. Or you might look into doggy daycare for the days you work.


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I would not think so. I really do not think it is fair to any breed of dog to leave it alone that long. Especially a puppy. They require a lot of attention and commitment. Potty training alone requires taking them out every hour and then every two hours. Our Lizzie has not been left home for more than a few hours at a time and she is SOOOOO happy to see us. My daughter started college this past fall and I was going back and forth for while and my husband would come home at lunch to let her out and let her play. Even hiring a dog walker to come in once a day still leaves the dog home alone and not bonding to anyone or even learning how to play. Have you considered a cat? I got a cat when I was single and worked 12 hour nights.

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to be honest with you hon ...I myself would not get a dog /puppy if it were going to be home alone for 9 or 10 hours a day. They are campanion dogs. That is just my opinion.

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I think it's doable if you're willing to make sacrifices. I also work full-time, but I come home every day to let Murphy out and play with him. When I first got him, I took a week off to spend with him. Then for about the first month and a half, I went home to let him out and play every 2 to 3 hours. Now I come home once a day, for about an hour. In the morning, I spend lots of time playing with him. I also don't go out during the week, unless he's coming along. I come home and spend the evening playing and doing training. On the weekends, I take him wherever possible. If I wasn't able to get home to let him out, I would definitely hire a dog walker.

So as long as you can really look at your life and are completely willing and happy to make those sacrifices, it can be done. I thought long and hard before I got Murphy, and decided that I was willing to do whatever it takes to make our situation work. It has worked out very well for us, and I'm so happy that I've got the little furball in my life. Best of luck, whatever decision you make.

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At minimum, you need to be able to come home for a potty break/short walk or get a dog walker.

I work long-er hours compared to most on this forum. I walk him for 45 mins to 1 hr in the morning. He gets a walk at lunch and he goes to doggie daycare one day a week. We go to the dog park at least 2 evenings a week and on weekends, I go for a 1-2 hrs both days. Oh and we have been doing agility on the weekends which he adores. I also have a cat a home. They are best friends and play for much of the day together. That said, my guy is a year now and I don't crate him at all anymore.

When he was a puppy, I didn't leave him for more than 2-4 hours at a time, kept him crated, and I was coming home 2-3x/day from work (I live within walking distance).

He's pretty much the happiest dog I've ever seen (but I don't know many other Havs), so I think I'm doing right by him.
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It's not impossible. A dog walker is a good idea. Also you need a Hav that is more independent. They are still velcro just okey with some down time. I also think that the advice to get a older dog that is house trained. The cool thing about Havs is there forever puppy like. The house training is a problem even if you took time off because it takes a good bit of time to train a puppy. The two dog idea is also good. When I first got Yogi I had a Shih Tzu and a Lhasa and he followed their lead. You need to set it up with room for error before you get your dog. Nothing is impossible if you are truely comitted to making it work.

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I've also only been a Hav owner for a little over a month, but I can't imagine leaving Sammy alone for that length of time. I think it's an awfully long time for any dog to be on his/her own. If you break it down: 10 hours away for work, 8 hours for sleep, at least an hour for personal hygiene time, an hour to cook and eat, that leaves you 4 hours a day for the dog provided you don't have to do any housework, additional work from home, spend time on the computer, grocery shop or go out with your friends/significant other. Not really a lot of time left over for Rover. Sorry. As much as you may want a dog, I also think a cat may be more suited to your current lifestyle. The shelters are generally overrun with cats and you would certainly be doing a great service by adopting a couple of them. My mom has three, four at the moment as yet another stray showed up at her door (I think the cats hold back alley meetings and hand out fliers with her address on them) and she wouldn't give them up for the world.
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