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Exclamation Need some ideas to help them adjust to a major change

I am starting a new job and will no longer be able to have them with me at work. This is going to mean a long day for them at home. I will have someone coming in to take them out for business and to go for a walk. I am setting up another xpen so they will be side by side but not together. Rango is much bigger than Sasha and I am afraid he would accidently hurt her while playing. I am very worried that they will feel totally abandoned and at the same time I am trying not to let them pick up on this. Any additional suggestions will be appreciated. They have been coming to work since they were puppies. Please no negatives I am doing enough of that to myself. Linda, Sasha and Rango

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I am starting a new job and will no longer be able to have them with me at work. This is going to mean a long day for them at home. I will have someone coming in to take them out for business and to go for a walk. I am setting up another xpen so they will be side by side but not together. Rango is much bigger than Sasha and I am afraid he would accidently hurt her while playing. I am very worried that they will feel totally abandoned and at the same time I am trying not to let them pick up on this. Any additional suggestions will be appreciated. They have been coming to work since they were puppies. Please no negatives I am doing enough of that to myself. Linda, Sasha and Rango
Now that they are adults, are used to your home and potty trained, I suspect they will adjust just fine with someone coming in the middle of the day to walk them. It's different when they are "busy" puppies. But, honestly, I work from home and Kodi spends most of the day sleeping, even though I'm right there. Not to say he isn't up for an outing any time I suggest it, but if I don't, he doesn't complain. It's late afternoon or early evening when he wants a little "wild" run around/play session.


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are they already used to being left alone during the day for stretches of time??
I know if I HAD to work more than I currently do, I would feel bad, but Tillie would probably be okay just hanging out in her crate because she is used to going to her crate for a few hrs each day...

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are they already used to being left alone during the day for stretches of time??
I know if I HAD to work more than I currently do, I would feel bad, but Tillie would probably be okay just hanging out in her crate because she is used to going to her crate for a few hrs each day...
yeah their success may depend on how well they do now when you're gone. I would put them in the same xpen and see how they do., if you haven't done this already. Sometimes barriers can cause problems. Sometimes having another dog with them does not always resolve separation anxiety if they are hyper attached to you. Do some testing first and possible monitor with camera.

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I do leave them for golfing and doing errands during the week end. I know at work they just sleep most of the day. I will try Dave's idea being in the same xpen when I can monitor it closely. Big change for all three of us. I will probably miss then more than the other way around. Lol

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Aw... I'm sorry you're going to have to leave them during the day but congrats on your new job! You could easily set up a camera to watch them during the day, too. (Although sometimes that can cause you unnecessary angst!). I would leave them together in the xpen personally.

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you have gotten some great advise! I also would put them in the same xpen, and "test the waters" Let up a laptop with camera, leave and see how it goes.

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Do you think they would be ok outside of an xpen? You might feel better giving them a room or rooms while you are gone. Most dogs will sleep while their owners aren't home. My guys have full run of my house while I'm gone. They aren't chewers and don't get into trouble when I leave. Since your guys are older and probably housebroken the xpen might not be necessary. If its possible try walking them before work. I bet they will sleep until the mid day walker comes and then again until you get home. You can also set up a camera to see what they are doing when your at work. They might be upset at first but I bet they will adjust to the new routine good luck. I understand the worry you must be feeling





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I do leave them for golfing and doing errands during the week end. I know at work they just sleep most of the day. I will try Dave's idea being in the same xpen when I can monitor it closely. Big change for all three of us. I will probably miss then more than the other way around. Lol
I do think you are right that some of your anxiety is for you and the change in routine that you yourself are experiencing; it's a big psychological thing to change jobs, you must be full of trepidation anyway. It sounds to me as if you need to be very kind to yourself through this transition, and trust your dogs to manage well and perhaps teach YOU how to feel a little more relaxed. You might just all surprise yourselves - the reality may well be less scary than the anticipation.
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