I just wanted to let everyone know that my first week at work went really well. My mom watched her 3 days, my husband watched her 2 days, so I only had to crate her 1 day (yes I'm working 6 days a week). Because I'm working so many hours, my work has been great about letting me take a long lunch (sometimes over an hour). I live just over 4 miles from work, so I just came home for lunch and let her out. She had no accidents and surprisingly calmed down fairly quickly and went back into her crate when I asked her to. I would have sworn she would resist. Well now I know. My mom has agreed to continue to have her over 3 times a week, and normally my husband will only be able to watch her on Sat. So I think I'll send her to doggy day care the first day, and crate her the next (since it's 2 days in a row). Now that I see she does well, I'm much less stressed out about it. I just miss her soooooo much. It could be worse. At least I like my job. Well there you have it. It's all worked out. Thanks again for all your feedback. I miss being able to waste time on mycogi too. I hope everyone is doing well. Take care.
I agree with Anna.....hells bells, I can't hold my bladder for 8 hours, it's hard for me to expect my dogs to do so, as well. I'm retired now so I don't need to worry, but when I was working (some days for 14 hours straight...that includes a very long commute) I had a couple piddle pads in a designated spot for my three corgis. They weren't in a crate but had free run of the house (they weren't puppies anymore, though, so had matured enough not to chew up stuff and things) and if they had to go, they ALWAYS used the pads. Needless to say, they were happy to see me home, but there never were any accidents or anything....the pads were used, but nowhere else.
It sounds like it's working out great for you, Heather, and it's awesome that you have a reasonable workplace that allows an extended lunch. Good for you and the poopster!
I use the ex-pen attached to the crate if I think I am going to be gone too long.
Basically Bugsy is a lazy bum & just sleeps curled up in his crate all day. That's where I find him when I come home every day. I even leave him chewies & they lay there untouched - until I get home. I think he spends part of the day lazing on the couch too.
Boy do I get the "pitiful me - you should feel guilty!" stare every morning that I go to work. He looks at me from the hall, around a corner. It is really quite pathetic... (after that I'm sure he hits the couch)
Last week I had to crate Ein 2 days in a row, and after I got home from work that 2nd day, she was out of control crazy and disobedient (even with a 1 hr mid day break). So now I know that 2 days in a row is her limit. I've been sending her to doggy daycare once a week, and she LOVES it. She starts getting really excited in the car when we get close, and she pulls my arm off trying to get inside as fast as possible. They love her there too, and she comes home complete worn out, and has no complaints about getting crated the following day. My mom also loves having her over, and I'm pretty sure Ein thinks we have joint custody. LOL She walks around my mom's house and yard like she owns the place. She is a really happy, well adjusted dog and I have been fortunate to have everything work out so well.