Hi All,
My dogs are 14 and 16 months old and when my girlfriend and I come home, we don't know what will be chewed up. For the last year we've worked complementing hours for the dogs, now that's not an option. Dog day care is too expensive and we don't know what to do other than give the dogs away.

It's probably not fair to have the dogs stay at home 8-10, some times 12 hours a day with a lunch time wash room break, but does anybody have any helpful thoughts?
Thanks
Mike
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Hi All, My dogs are 14 and 16 months old and when my girlfriend and I come home, we don't ... option. Dog day care is too expensive and we don't know what to do other than give the dogs away.

Hire someone to take the dogs out to give them lots of exercise. Your dogs are in their biological "prime" and need exercise.

Marshall
My dogs are 14 and 16 months old and when ... know what to do other than give the dogs away.

Hire someone to take the dogs out to give them lots of exercise. Your dogs are in their biological "prime" and need exercise.

Which is probably reason enough for Mike to do the right thing here and find these dogs a good home, where they can get all that exercise and attention now, when they really need it. Especially if they're not in a financial position to pay for a sitter, day care, etc.

Contact local rescues, shelters, vets, etc. and find someone who can help you find these dogs a good home, Mike. They're still young enough to take this interruption in their lives in stride.

But it's your* responsibility to find them a *good home (i.e., a permanent one, where they'll get lots of attention, etc.), Mike, so don't just dump them on the first person who sounds vaguely interested.

Handsome "Jack" Morrison
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My 3 1/2 month old is currently under similar situation. He's home alone an average of 6-8 hrs. daily.
I make sure to wear him out whenever I can. We go to the park about 4x weekly (today, with a friend of mine & her dogs, so extra exercise). He's also crated he's not 100% housebroken and yes, he does indeed chew stuff (the other night, it was the water supply hose for the bathroom NOT fun for me OR the maintenance guy).

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Hi All, My dogs are 14 and 16 months old and when my girlfriend and I come home,we don't know ... 12 hours a day with a lunch time wash room break, but does anybody have any helpful thoughts? Thanks Mike
Hi All, My dogs are 14 and 16 months old and when my girlfriend and I come home,we don't know ... 12 hours a day with a lunch time wash room break, but does anybody have any helpful thoughts? Thanks Mike[/nq]Well it CAN be done if you commit to a strenuous exercise program twice daily. Take them for a good run first thing when you get up in the morning and then crate them until their lunchtime potty brake, thn crate them again. Then when you come home in the evening, first thing after potty, take them for more exercise until they and you are tired. Then you can love on them for the rest of the evening and they'll be in a mood to accept it. I would NOT reccomend crating them for that many hours without the exercise.

But, with the exercise and containing them in a crate while you are gone, your dogs will not eat everything, and they'll also be better dogs during the time you have to spend socializing with them. If this is too much work, then attempt to rehome them to a GOOD home yourself. Most likely, you'll be unsuccessful in finding them a new home, unless you give them to a researcher or fighting dog trainer, as that as juvenile to young adult dogs with too much energy and not enough training are way too common in shelters everywhere and are killed by the millions every year.

If it comes to a choice of you either neglecting your dogs or turning them over to a kill facility, then take them in yourself and have them euthanized. You owed them a good life when you adopted them, and if you can't keep that promise, then at least keep the promise of a good death and not a lingering one on death row at a shelter.
I agree with Sunflower (except for the crating). Lots of exercise in the am and pm should be sufficient but I would leave the pups in a larger space; a puppy-proof room like the kitchen (spray everything in their reach with Bitter Apple no-chew spray so they don't start chewing on the cabinets, remove the garbage can) with the entrance/exits blocked. Leave them with a stuffed Kong in the am and after lunch before going back to work to keep mouths and minds busy. An obedience class (if you are not taking them now) will help establish communication and teach manners take up a group class.

If you cannot commit to an am/pm exercise program, I'd look for a new home. Some things to ask people when searching for new owners (from BlueKnightlabs.com):
1 Have you ever owned a dog before?
2 What breeds did you own in the past?
3 What happened to those dogs?
4 What made you select a (breed or mix of breeds in your dogs)?
5 Are you prepared to care for a dog for greater than 10 years?
6 Will you obedience train this dog?
7 Is someone home during the day?
8 If someone is not home during the day, what arrangements are they planningon for mid-day potty-breaks (neighbor, local teen, professional walker, etc.)

9 How long will the dogs be alone at any given time?
10 Where will your dog stay while you are out?
11 Do you have a fence (include type and height) or other enclosure for thedog?

12 Will this dog live indoors, outdoors, or both?
13 Do you have any other pets at this time?
14 What non-canine pets do you have?
15 How many people live in your household...children...ages...?
16 What type of house do you live in (house, condo, apartment...lease/own -if lease.. permit pets)?

17 Is there anyone in the house who doesn't like, doesn't want, is afraidof, or allergic to dogs, and what provisions have you made for these people?
18 Where will your dog stay while you are on vacation?
19 What expectations do you have for this dog (behavior, traits)?
20 Why do you want a dog?
21 Have you selected a vet (who, and how did you select)?
22 Do you know about crate training (ever done it before, and will you useit with this dog)?

23 How would you describe your lifestyle?
24 Are you an active Military family?
25 Are you aware that (your dogs) can be destructive and out ofcontrol if left alone for long periods of time or go untrained?
26 Where will your dog sleep?

Best of luck,

Kristen and
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Hire someone to take the dogs out to give them lots of exercise. Your dogs are in their biological "prime" and need exercise.

Which is probably reason enough for Mike to do the right thing here and find these dogs a good home, ... attention, etc.), Mike, so don't just dump them on the first person who sounds vaguely interested. Handsome "Jack" Morrison

You know it is usually around the 16 month mark ,when pups are not so little anymore ,that people find so many excuses why they cannot keep theirs dog.

Or they will tell you what is wrong, and how they want to fix the problem but when you tell them what to do they will WHINE why they can't do it.

Whatcha bet these pups were bought around the holidays?
Paulette~
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To kill these pups?
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Paulette~
Most likely, you'll
be unsuccessful in finding them a new home, unless you give them to a researcher or fighting dog trainer, as ... at least keep the promise of a good death and not a lingering one on death row at a shelter.

These dogs are not aggressive they are just not well trained pups that need a little bit of help.
I don't understand where people come from to say KILL THE DOGS.

The pups should have a chance at a wonderful life.

NOT BE KILLED .
PAulette~
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