A Puppy When You Work Full-Time?
I am planning to get my first doberman puppy next year; I've been doing a lot of reading online, books, etc. just trying to get a good sense of what my puppy will need from me to grow up to be a happy and respectful member of my family (which will just be us, haha).
Something I keep coming across in what I've been reading is that if you work full time, you should not get a puppy, and maybe not even get a dog.
To me, that seemed a little black and white and severe. While I absolutely understand that a puppy, or even a full-grown dog, cannot be left alone for long periods of time, I had intended and budgeted for my puppy to spend at least half the day in a really nice, local doggy day-care when I am at work, so he would never be alone for more than four hours at a time. This would be his continued routine when he's grown up. I never want him to be bored and unhappy, spending my workdays alone- so this seemed like a good solution.
However, I also understand that consistency is really important in training your puppy; showing him the same place to go, using the same words to mean the same things, and so on. So I wanted to ask advice from people who actually have had Doberman puppies- I'd like to know honestly if this is a bad idea.
Although I would take an initial two weeks off after bringing him home, after that time, my puppy would have to spend some of the day in doggy day care. Do you think this could make his training more difficult, or be utterly disastrous? Would having those other influences on his puppy-hood confuse the messages?
Just for further context- outside of my work hours, my puppy/ dog will be very much part of my life, and I have solid routines/ training schedules that I'm working out for us. I'm very active, living in a natural woodsy sort of environment near an awesome lake, and love to get outside and run around, go camping, go swimming, hiking, etc. So outside of these times during daycare, he'll be very included in my days and have a lot of fun companionship with me.
Will that be enough to create the happy family member I hope for, and help him become the best dog he can? Or are they right when they say if you are working, you shouldn't have a pup?
I'd really appreciate some perspective on this.