How long can a puppy be left home.
I'm thinking about getting a Doberman puppy. But I now work clear across town and don't come home for lunch. I have a schedule where I don't take a lunch, work eight hours straight, so with travel, I'm gone between 8 1/2 hours and 9 hours each day, four days a week. The other three days, someone is home all day.
I would not crate the puppy, but rather section off a space. There would be a crate available in the space for the puppy to sleep in, puppy pads, food and water. There are other animals in the house, two small dogs and four cats, so the puppy would not be totally alone, there would be other "presences" in the house.
What do people think? Will this work, or is it going to traumatize the puppy to be left for that long?
Oh, also, I will have cameras set up so I can watch the puppy, any signs of distress or problems, I would come home.
If I did come home for lunch, I would have to work an hour later, and I would only be able to spend a half hour home at lunch.
Has anyone encountered this dilemma, and what do you think?