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russsavokskisDo you get a break at work? If so why not go check on it on your break?
daxtonit really depends on the breed, but eight hours straight every weekday could be pushing it. if you're looking for a dog athletic enough to accompany you on all of your excursions away from work, then they are certainly not going to be happy sitting inside all day even if they get a lot of exercise anyway. however, if you are careful to get them outside before and after work enough to tire them out, then you may be able to make it work.
also keep in mind that not all rescues are house trained from the start and some may be very uncomfortable at first around a new place, so leaving them for long might freak them out. some dogs also like to chew and eat a lot of things, which is extremely dangerous, so be mindful of that.
but you really should have a good idea of what type of dog you want (size, weight, temperament, energy level) and a well thought-out plan of how you are going to care for them. many people don't realize that taking care of a dog is a huge responsibility, and can be a financial burden as well. (if the dog is large they're going to eat a LOT and all dogs require vaccinations and other veterinarian care, which is expensive.)
sorry that was long as fuck haha. but what type of dog are you looking for?
Blake.P30 minutes for lunch. I'm not entirely sure where I'm working (i do turf care for the Boulder parks dept., i don't know what parks I'm at though). one other job i interviewed for in the parks dept. said people in the forestry department lump all breaks and lunch together to take an hour off, so i wish i got that job. i might still see if i can do that at this one, but idk if it will be possible (would be up to my supervisor, whom i haven't met). i guess being home for 5-10 minutes over my lunch is better than nothing though if it comes to that
russsavokskisYeah man good luck with your jobs I just suggested that because that's what boss does but she has an hour long break so I dunno if it would work out with a 30
snowdonMy older dog (she'll be 8 this summer) is fine roaming the house all day. My other dog is a year and a half and though she's housetrained, she won't hold her bladder for more than like 5 hours max. I'm not sure she's physically capable of holding it for 8-9 hours yet
I know some people do doggie daycare which I honestly don't recommend. It's suuuuuper expensive and frankly having a ton of loose unfamiliar dogs running around a play area is unsafe. In my opinion a better option is paying someone to come by the house midday for a walk and potty break if you don't want to make him wait.
Blake.Pyeah my family golden at my parents house is 12 now, and is left alone for hours on end and never has any issues in the past like 8 years, my memory is a bit fuzzy beyond that, but i don't remember any issues with that in the past 10-11 years. at this point, if my parents go out of town for a couple days, they just leave her home alone and pay the neighbors to come feed her/let her out twice a day and possibly once more to go on a short walk, but idk about that (it might just happen when they feed her). its never been an issue but she's also super mellow/low key.
i don't really want to crate train, but i might just so it has a kinda "personal space", but leave the door open all the time. also during the day, ill invest in some of those pee pads or dog litter box things. i know its not the best (kinda weird imo) but its a solution.
plus, at least initially until I've tested the waters a lot more, it will be confined to my room during the day, so that any damages/accidents/whatever are only my issue
Blake.Pthinking border collie/aussie/shepherd or some mix with those in it. i have everything figured out because of this, enough money to cover upfront costs, decent amount in an emergency savings, stable job that i can easily budget pay to cover expenses, frankly most of my paychecks will be going into savings. I've had dogs in my family (golden retrievers) my whole life growing up until i went to college, so i know how to care for a dog and the commitment that it means. definitely gonna get one that is house trained, frankly that's a decent part of the reason i don't want to get a young puppy. as far as chewing stuff, gonna look for a dog that doesn't have issues with that (according to shelter descriptions), then dog-proof my room (where it would stay during the day) as much as possible (cover all exposed cables/extension chords, put things up high or in a closed closet, then put out toys/mentally stimulating activities to keep it busy). most shelters have higher fees but make sure it is spayed/neutered, up to date on all it shots, vaccines, heart worm, etc. so i will go that route to make sure all of that is taken care of for the time being. honestly, I've had dogs in my family my whole life, and a couple of my close friends have dogs in college (whom i take care of fairly frequently if they need help), so i know what I'm getting into