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How do people handle being away from their Havanese for work?

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We already have a Havanese (2 years old now) and are extremely delighted with him. He's so wonderful that my brother's family has become interested in getting a Havanese for themselves -- especially their two young daughters.

One of the big things holding them back is that both my brother and his wife work during the days. They're trying to figure out if and how that might work with having a dog. They (rightfully) want the dog to be happy and feel like it would be hard on the dog to be home alone all day. And they're not even sure how that would work from a practical viewpoint (in terms of the dog needing to go to the bathroom, etc).

They'll typically be gone for about 9-10 hours per day, 4 days per week. They live near San Jose, CA, so the weather is pretty mild, and they do have a fenced-in back yard.

We work from home so I don't have experience on how things are for people who have to leave their dogs at home while they go off to work...and how they make that happen.

Would appreciate any comments on how people handle that. I'm hoping that'll help my brother's family become comfortable with the idea of bringing a Havanese into their family!

Thanks.

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Doggy daycare or a pet walker to come play for awhile midday might help. These little dogs really like being with their people. I take mine to work with me most days and the days I can't my husband is with him until mid afternoon.


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I don't think havanese are a suitable breed for people who are away from home 9-10 hours a day on a regular basis. This is a companion breed, and they live to be with their people.

Day care or someone to come in daily for an hour or so would be minimum to make that situation work... And not just while it is a puppy... It would rally have to be forever, IMO. There ARE breeds that are more independent, and migt be OK with this type of situation, if they have a dog door so they can go out as needed to relieve themselves. OTOH, lots of dogs who have regular, unsupervised access to a fenced yard become fence runners and yappers, turning into a neighborhood nuisance that barks at everything and anyone who goes by... Just because they are bored, and it's something to fill the time.


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I can give you the perspective of a new hav owner in a family where both of us work. We aren't away that many hours nor that many days per week and I still feel guilty
I think that is a very long time for a hav, even more a puppy, to be left alone. Colbie is very confidant but given the choice she never wants to be alone. When we are home, even if we are in the next room and she is in our kitchen which is gated, she will lie down next to the gate so she can see us. If I go upstairs she goes to the nearest gate and watches me until I am out of sight and is waiting in the same spot until I come back downstairs. She always makes sure her doggy bed is right next to wherever I am sitting. No matter how deep asleep I think she may be if I get up or make any noise her eyes pops open to see where I am going.
I can watch her on a computer or my cell phone and I know as soon as someone comes home she is always very excited someone is back.
Are there kids old enough to watch a puppy when they come home from school?
Even with a dog walker she will be alone a lot. I think another breed of dog would suit their lifestyle better.

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I agree, a hav might not be the best breed. However, I think some breeds of dogs would be fine as long as someone when could let it out midday. I think sometimes, with all the devoted owners on this board, we lose perspective of how most pet owners are. I'm willing to bet at least 80% of families with dogs are two full time workers.

I work a ton. Hobbes isn't home alone though, he goes to a retired lady's house for the day while I work. He's still well bonded to me and loves me over her ( although he's crazy about her).
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Our pup stays in her pen with a litter box while we're at work about 9 hours a day. Her walker comes around lunch time. It was hard work getting her comfortable with this arrangement but it works great now. When I leave for work I grab a kong from the freezer and she runs to her pen to have it and basically tells me to get going. It's her special solo nap time. She actually prefers to sleep there at night, too, rather than in our room. Works for me!

If we're actually home then she doesn't want to be isolated from us. But the work routine is established and part of her expectations. I usually work from home one day a week and she gets confused those days why I'm disrupting things.


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I agree, a hav might not be the best breed. However, I think some breeds of dogs would be fine as long as someone when could let it out midday.
Thanks for all of the responses, folks. Those comments make a lot of sense. I double checked with my brother and he said that he's home one weekday per week and his wife gets home early another weekday, so it's not as bad as I thought. Plus, the kids are gone maybe 7 hours or so. And they're also planning to take time off from work for a few weeks when they first get the puppy for house-training, bonding, etc.

Still, not ideal for a Havanese, it seems. So, any suggestions for some breeds that would do better in that kind of situation but still be as similar as possible to all the great traits of our beloved Havanese?
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I agree, a hav might not be the best breed. However, I think some breeds of dogs would be fine as long as someone when could let it out midday. I think sometimes, with all the devoted owners on this board, we lose perspective of how most pet owners are. I'm willing to bet at least 80% of families with dogs are two full time workers.

I work a ton. Hobbes isn't home alone though, he goes to a retired lady's house for the day while I work. He's still well bonded to me and loves me over her ( although he's crazy about her).
I think that's a wonderful solution, and certainly a good way to handle the situation when you need to work all day.


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Thanks for all of the responses, folks. Those comments make a lot of sense. I double checked with my brother and he said that he's home one weekday per week and his wife gets home early another weekday, so it's not as bad as I thought. Plus, the kids are gone maybe 7 hours or so. And they're also planning to take time off from work for a few weeks when they first get the puppy for house-training, bonding, etc.

Still, not ideal for a Havanese, it seems. So, any suggestions for some breeds that would do better in that kind of situation but still be as similar as possible to all the great traits of our beloved Havanese?
Shih Tzus are a fairly quiet, lower energy breed that is a little less "people needy" than havanese, but also willing to play and be a good family member if well bred. (Make sure they avoid pet store or puppy mill dogs... Just like Havanese, you want to make sure to purchase from a reputable breeder!)


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I am gone 8 Hours a day but walk a mile and a half at lunch . They could never be alone 8 hours straight.
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