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I really want to adopt a puppy but don’t know how I can take care of it if I travel too much for work. Husband does not travel but usually doesn’t get home until 8PM M-F. Thoughts? How do you do it?

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We got one because I’m on a long term local project and my husband works close to our house. We both took a few days off right after we brought him home, so he had constant company for the first 10 days. Then my husband would come home at lunch and then we transitioned to a dog walker who came at lunch (and still does). We also are home by 6:30 at the latest every day and I try to work remotely every other Friday. I don’t recommend it unless you can give them this type of attention. Just my .02.

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Omg!! So cute and fluffy!!!!

I got a dog before I got into consulting and did not get rid of the dog. He’s 7, I’ve had him very 6 years and consulting for 4. I was also very single and was until 1.5 years ago. It takes friends, family, dog walkers and sitters. I live with my SO, who also travels, we always organize our week to make sure the doggo isn’t alone for too long. Bottom line if you want a dog get a dog but understand what it takes and do it. There’s nothing that makes us happier than coming home to our dog!

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Don’t get a dog, it would be a pretty selfish play. It’s what you signed up for when you chose consulting. If you like dogs a lot and want to stay in consulting, do them a favor and don’t adopt one and just donate your 💰 to an animal shelter

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I actually got my pup when I worked in industry with a consistent schedule and then moved into consulting which was tough finding a sitter all the time. I actually just left my past firm to a local consulting model for this reason actually. Just noting you don’t have to leave consulting completely just to get a dog, there are more accommodating options out there!

Puppies need constant attention (like every few hours) for the first several weeks, esp until they are hours trained. Be prepared for this.

Once an adult, they can go longer alone, but consider that they are very social animals and can get lonely and anxious. Have a walker come during the day and then husband walks when home at minimum.

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Thank you for being considerate, OP! Your instinct is correct that it’s not very realistic. Even with a dog walker, that’s only a short break for a very long day alone especially for a new pup. They need a lot of attention in the beginning or else you may get some socialization/barking/destructive issues. I would wait until either of you are able to be home more. As cute as they are, puppies take a lot more work than people think!

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We have a dog walker and it works, however, we adopted a 2 year old dog (she's now 5) instead of a puppy from the Humane society so she was already mostly potty trained and not chewing up things. I'd recommend considering a slightly older dog if you're going to leave it that much. Puppies need more attention.

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Yeah or maybe just visit friends with puppies. Like what the other comment said, it will be too selfish for us to get one but cant devote much time to it

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I just got a new puppy yesterday. I'd highly advise taking 2-3 weeks off work to get them adjusted (or get an older potty trained pup)

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What a cutie!!! Yeah but im still concerned about after that 2-3 weeks though, still wont be enough time to spend with the furbaby 😢😢 ill put this adoption plan on hold

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I honestly dont feel its fair to a puppy to do it with this schedule even with a dog walker. Older dog maybe

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Or even with an older dog. They wont have too many years left and they’ll be stuck at home during the day time by themselves. That makes me really sad.

Don’t be selfish like a little kid and have some common sense. Puppies are babies. They need 24/7 attention

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Who hurt you M2

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We just got a puppy and the only way it is feasible is because my husband works from home. Puppies really do need a lot of attention and consistency and I don’t think a dog walker is sufficient in the first few months

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Do not get a dog if you don’t have time. Not fair to the dog

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Gotta get a dog walker. Pretty standard, just expensive. Or get a new job that doesn't make you travel every week like a damn sardine

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Rover and Wag are the doggo-equivalent of Uber, check em out

As a consultant I cannot own a puppy - I grew up with dogs and it’s painful not to own one. I head to the dog park every weekend just to see these cuties play and give some pets

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Don’t know about your place, but
You could have two older dogs
So at least they would have some company

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My fiancé had a dog before we moved in. SO doesn’t travel as much but has a regular(non travel) job. We get a dog walker.

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If you have a routine schedule and can commit a few hours everyday to your pup it's totally possible. I have a 1 year old and leave him home for 10-12 hours a day. I don't have a dog walker and he can hold his bladder just fine. I do walk/play with him an hour before work and an hour after work.

Dogs are very resilient and adaptable. If they are exercised they will be less anxious and sleep most of the day.

Don’t get one

I was home for 2 months with puppy at first to do basic training. Timing worked out well that way. Also look into doggy daycare, they go on multiple walks a day and your dog also gets to socialize with other dogs.

Connect with your local Paws for Ability. They train service dogs and are always looking for weekend only foster parents. You would get the same dog every weekend until they are fully trained and permanently placed (up to a year)

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