Guest maya's mom Posted February 16, 2009 Report Share Posted February 16, 2009 So, I guess I am posting this to try and ease some of my own guilt. We brought Maya home at 8 weeks old, one year ago. At that time, I was working full time. I would get up early to play with her, then she was crated for about 3.5-4 hours and I would come home for lunch and play with her for about 20-30 minutes, then my husband would be home 2 hours later and she would be with us for the rest of the night. First off, let me say that we have never had any crating issues with Maya, no seperation anxiety, etc. She goes right back into her crate on her own, when I tell her its time for me to leave. My guilt is coming up now, b/c I have been unemployed since last April, so Maya hasn't been crated as much as standard "full-time" working would have required her to be. During my time off, I did work part time a little, but she hasn't been left in her crate for more than 4 hours for almost the last year. Thankfully, I just got offered a job today, and will be starting on Thursday. The hours will require Maya to be crated for almost 5 hours, before I can come home for lunch. I will be able to do that, thank goodness, and I will be able to stay and play with her for about 30 min. Then, it will only be 2 hours or less until my husband is home. I am just feeling so guilty about this, although I know I shouldn't. I know there are many people who work full time and have pets. (If I didn't work, we couldn't afford her!) That being said, I had to take a significant pay cut, so doggie day care, etc isn't an option right now. Just wondering if any of you could give me some suggestions for easing her into this transition. Also, do you think we will notice any behavior changes in her? For instance, is there a chance she will act even more energetic than normal, in the evening hours when we are home with her? We do a lot of running and frisbee in the backyard for playtime after work, and we walk about an hour each night. On weekends, we do hiking, or something else a little more involved. We also do training sessions each night. Thanks in advance! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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