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Topic - Leaving a puppy alone

Tall Clare - on 01 Feb 2013
Hello all

We have a ten and a half week old pointer cross (she's a pointer crossed with another pointer :-)) called Lotta. She was a little younger than we initially realised when we first got her (6.5 weeks) but she's settled in a treat, and whilst she's driving me up the wall with her puppy antics, she's fundamentally being pretty amazing - sleeping through the night, going outside for most of her toilet activity, happily spending time in her crate, learning that people aren't for chewing on and cats aren't for chasing, etc. She also has a range of toys, including stuffed kongs. Don't know whether I should be worried that a catnip toy seems to be her preferred choice... :-)

I work from home most of the time, so I'm able to be around for her. There are going to be points over the next few weeks where I'll have to be away all day, and for some of those Mr TC can't be around either. She'll either be looked after by one of our parents or will be attending doggy daycare, but the latter only for half days.

My question is this: how long did you leave your puppy for, and were there any disastrous side-effects?

N.B. she'll be starting puppy training next week, and we're just starting on short walks.

<sits back, awaits barrage of useful advice and the odd bit of condescension... >
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