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Please could I ask your advice on structuring the day with Stanley whilst working at home?
He currently goes to daycare Tuesday and Thursday but we are wanting to stop it as he is getting over socialised.
My hubby works from home all week with the odd trip out to see a client. I work 4 days a week. What sort of walks/stimulation/play/training would be best to put in place so that Stanley can settle whilst hubby works?
We did think of getting a dog walker but we are more than happy to walk him ourselves I’m just not sure how often and how long if that makes sense.
Thanks in advance for your advice and experience. It is much appreciated.
Lisa
 

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Pups don't really need huge amounts of walking, more just little bits of training and frequent toilet trips. When mine are younger I crate them if I need to be out anywhere, just so I know they won't put themselves in danger by chewing something they shouldn't, there's only so much house proofing you can do. However, if I need to be out for a full day obviously I'd arrange for someone to go in and let them out every few hours. Pups sleep a lot of the time anyway, and letting them have some time on their own is good for them.

You've not said how old he is, but as a general guide walking is 5 mins per month of age two times per day, so at 8 weeks of age they only need two ten minute walks. Walking on it's own doesn't really tire them out, hence the suggestion for little bits of training. As for a routine, I feed at approx the same times, but because of my work having varied shifts with no pattern, ie every single week is different, then I make sure I don't stick to too rigid a routine or they'd expect the same every day xx
 

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Pups don't really need huge amounts of walking, more just little bits of training and frequent toilet trips. When mine are younger I crate them if I need to be out anywhere, just so I know they won't put themselves in danger by chewing something they shouldn't, there's only so much house proofing you can do. However, if I need to be out for a full day obviously I'd arrange for someone to go in and let them out every few hours. Pups sleep a lot of the time anyway, and letting them have some time on their own is good for them.

You've not said how old he is, but as a general guide walking is 5 mins per month of age two times per day, so at 8 weeks of age they only need two ten minute walks. Walking on it's own doesn't really tire them out, hence the suggestion for little bits of training. As for a routine, I feed at approx the same times, but because of my work having varied shifts with no pattern, ie every single week is different, then I make sure I don't stick to too rigid a routine or they'd expect the same every day xx
thanks for your advice Tarimoor, he’s 9 months old. Lisa
 

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thanks for your advice Tarimoor, he’s 9 months old. Lisa
So 45 minutes twice a day tops, but remember it's the type of exercise as well. I've got a huge variety around from heather moorlands that are really tiring with all the little hollows and uneven ground, hidden by heather and plant growth, so I only let mine run for a short while on that while they're developing. Where as a flat surface is much less trying for them, like a field or a path, but hard surfaces have their own problems for developing joints, so it's about using common sense with them. I find training wears them out much more quickly than physical exercise on it's own, which makes it an easier job for me to fit in enough free running time for the five I've got at the minute, and will hopefully soon be adding a pup who will only need short bouts of physical exercise compared to the older dogs xx
 

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So 45 minutes twice a day tops, but remember it's the type of exercise as well. I've got a huge variety around from heather moorlands that are really tiring with all the little hollows and uneven ground, hidden by heather and plant growth, so I only let mine run for a short while on that while they're developing. Where as a flat surface is much less trying for them, like a field or a path, but hard surfaces have their own problems for developing joints, so it's about using common sense with them. I find training wears them out much more quickly than physical exercise on it's own, which makes it an easier job for me to fit in enough free running time for the five I've got at the minute, and will hopefully soon be adding a pup who will only need short bouts of physical exercise compared to the older dogs xx
Thanks Tarimoor. Much appreciated. All the best with the new pup. I will be watching out for updates.
 

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My husband and I both work from home (I do 3 days a week from home and hubby does 5) and we have a 6 month old lab. He gets a good long walk on the school run with a play in the park before we start and then he gets played with at lunchtime in the garden, followed by another walk at 5:30pm when we both stop work. Through the day we give him lots of fuss but he generally sleeps either at my feet or on a bean bag in hubby's study. He does get excited when we walk to the kitchen for a cuppa, tail wagging he always gets a treat!
 

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My husband and I both work from home (I do 3 days a week from home and hubby does 5) and we have a 6 month old lab. He gets a good long walk on the school run with a play in the park before we start and then he gets played with at lunchtime in the garden, followed by another walk at 5:30pm when we both stop work. Through the day we give him lots of fuss but he generally sleeps either at my feet or on a bean bag in hubby's study. He does get excited when we walk to the kitchen for a cuppa, tail wagging he always gets a treat!
Haha they all know where the treat cupboard is! Thanks Adele that’s reassuring that you guys manage to work from home with a 6 month pup.
 

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Im working from home with a 14 week old puppy. My routine is: up and straight outside for a 20-30 minute walk/mooch about up the field - this involves sit/wait training, lie down, retrieves, whistle training, heelwork, all mixed in depending on the day. Back home for breakfast, puppy does more sit/stay training for his breaky, currently he is up to a 4 minute wait before breaky but depends on how busy the kitchen is (we have a baby too lol). After breaky he is back in his cage for a sleep where he will stay for a good 1-2 hours. Then ill mix up the day from there, maybe another short walk at lunch, use a kong if I have calls to do, play hide and seek with toys and treats, if hes really going daft then ill do some retrieves in the garden for like 5 minutes. I will also work in the kitchen with his cage door open so he can lie down if he wants or just pad about with his toys. Frozen veg like broccoli and carrot can give you like 5-10 minutes of freedom. He will also go back down for naps during the day, but in general its a constant juggling act of exercise (but not too much), mental stimulation and actually getting some time to do work lol.
 

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We work from home. Oldest 11 and youngest coming up 3. They get a good walk on a morning, they then sleep that off.
When youngest was a pup we had same routine, I'd add in a little play midday and then get her to sleep in her bed again.
As time went on, if I was in the office she comes looking to see where I am and get on a mat in there with a toy.
 
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