I had never heard of an xpen - just Googled it. Pretty nice!
I'm thinking that's the way we'll go. I like the openess of it. Thank you so much for the suggestion!
We are really excited about the prospect of getting a Havanese and want to do everything we can to make this work.
(Darn work is getting in the way of life! LOL!)
Even with an ex-pen, leaving a Hav alone all day (or any other dog for that matter, but especially a companion breed) is not fair to the dog. There are certainly families where both people work, and have worked out ways to keep there Hav happy, but you have to plan ahead, and be REALLY ready for a big committment when you ARE home.
Some people come home for lunch, others stagger their work schedule so that the dog is not alone so long. Still others have more than one dog so that they can keep each other company. You can also hire someone to come in once or twice a day to walk and play with your dog, or consider doggy day care. Some people can also arrange to bring their dog to work with them.
Also, consider an adult dog rather than a puppy if you both work full time. It's almost impossible to properly potty train a young puppy if you can't be there to supervise them!
If you are gone all day, you need to be committed to spending a large percentage of your non-work time with your dog... otherwise, why even have one? This means planning evening and week-end activities that include your dog, even when you are tired and would rather just veg.
Barking is really just a symptom of a problem... not the REASON not to leave your dog alone all day. It's just not fair to the dog.