I work three twelve hour shifts in the OR and am on call 5 days a month. I want a pet and cant decide what I should get. Suggestions?
xtxrn : I paper trained my puppy (when she was one, 10 years ago- LOL), and she is still paper trained. She tolerated 12 hour shifts quite well, and was fine by herself. She had plenty of toys, and a lot of attention when I was home. Now that I’ve been on disability, I see how much she sleeps (even when she was 3-7 years old), and it wasn’t that different than if I’d have still been gone. They adapt, and love you no matter what.
No crate, no doggy daycare (I don’t board her- if I’m in the hospital, my Dad comes over daily to feed/water/change the pee pads).
I had a LTC office job when she was really little, so she came with me. When she was a few months old, I left her in the kitchen w/a baby gate (bigger than a crate). When she got past the teething phase, she’s had the run of the place ever since. Her biggest “crime” was taking the socks off of all of the feet of my doll collection dolls They were piled up by the back door in a pile.
My 2nd schnauzer was a little booger as a puppy, and chewed on books (Tabasco on the edges fixed that- she was never forced to eat Tabasco, but if she got into eating the books, she learned it wasn’t a good idea). After that, she was good, but wouldn’t use the papers after I moved to another apartment. So, getting home on time was important. She could make it through a 12 hour shift ok, and did well with most 16 hour shifts. But I much prefer that the current dog will use the papers on command, and as she wants.
I got the people chux, too= those puppy pads hold about 4 drops.
Girlygirl69 : I have a dog. I work the same hours as you as well. I really only do daycare when I need a break from her. She loves to play with other dogs for a few hours and I get uninterrupted peace. She is trained to go on the pad, never chews anything or destroys my apt., and I just leave a bowl of water and a little food when I go to work. I walk her when I get back from work, most days. Get a havanese, they are a very friendly breed and are low to no shedding dogs.
Rnwriter : We’ve had four rescued pugs over the years and loved them to pieces. They do need to be brushed/combed to keep shedding to a minimum, but other than that, ours were all easy peasy. They barked (a deep mid-sized dog woof rather than a small dog yip that would have driven me bonkers) only when they someone came to the door or for some other good reason.
After the first year, all four of ours settled down and turned into couch pillows. They loved to play, but also loved to sleep. These dogs are small but sturdy. The pug motto is, “Multum in parvo,”–a big dog in a little body.
They aren’t snappish or high strung, and they’re funny as all get out in appearance. They look kind of like teddy bears with floppy ears.
Ours used to tolerate long periods of being left alone. We did have the first two together, and that kept them content.
Hope this helps expand your search.
ICU_RN2 : I have a two year old Boxer. She’s great fun, never was destructive as a puppy – but that could be because my other half was home with her often. She went to work with him while she was a puppy, so she was never crated for long periods at home when she was little. We do crate her now when we’re gone, and very rarely does she go all day in the crate. Her energy level reflects whatever we’re up to…if we’re laying around the house all day, so is she. If we’re outside, she’s running around like a crazy dog for hours. She certainly has an endless supply of energy when she chooses to use it!!
I’d love to do doggy day care with her, but just an fyi – all the doggy day cares in my area open at 7 or 8am, and pick up time is before 6pm…I can’t seem to find one that has hours that work for my 7-7 shifts!