So I need some advice I just got a job offer this morning (yay!) and I will be heading back to work. I am a bit nervous and antsy for a lot of reasons which I won't bore you with, but I am hoping from the doggy side, I can get some advice on here from those on the forum that work or are away from home for long periods (I know there are a lot of views on this forum of not leaving your dogs home alone...so please just advice from those that have it to give on the helpful side of things if that is alright...because I have to go back to work regardless, so I just want to make this as easy on Brooklyn as possible! )
Okay, so this new job is full time, but it is with the government so it is strict on the hours per week that you work (i.e. my job is 3. So, I can choose my times to work 8 hours a day...like 8-4 or 9-5 etc. Brooklyn is okay with being left alone for around 5 hours (that is as long as we have pushed it), but I am nervous for this 8 hour stint. What do people do out there? Obviously she will get a lot of exercise in the morning (already does) and toys, kongs, etc. But she usually gets through all that in a few hours.
I could get a dog walker to come in the middle of the day...but that would be $125 a week, ouch. And there is daycare...but that is something that costs even more (though I am willing to do it if it comes to that).
So, does anyone leave their pup at home while you are at work? For how long? Inside or outside? Full run of house or baby gated somewhere? How do you keep them from getting bored? Tips? Tricks?
I just want to know what every other working person does out there. I will do anything to keep my Brooklyn happy...I wish she could come with me!
I was hoping to find part time work, but this offer came out of no where and it is a hard one to refuse. I'm gonna think about it over the weekend though and keep you posted!
I hope there are some good thoughts and support out there for this transition we are about to go through