The German Shepherd Home Alone Dilemma
I've just moved into my first house, and am doing a lot of research around my intention of getting a german shepherd in a few months time (probably leading up to xmas so I can spend some extra time at home with bank holidays etc).
I work 9 - 5, but am only about a 15 minute drive from home, so my intention is to take the dog on a long walk in the morning (my house back onto a nature reserve, so plenty of sniffing and climbing!), either crating or keeping the dog in my smallish kitchen during the morning and popping home at around 12:30 for a twenty minute run around/toilet break/play, then crating him again until I get home at 5:30.
This in itself doesn't sound practical - not even to me, but there is another factor.
My girlfriend will be at university, so will be in and out at different times of the day. She might be out all day though, so the above will definitely be a reality some days. Hopefully most days, it'll be a few hours alone for rover tops.
I also have my parents half a mile away, and my sister at college down the road who can check in (again, if and when she can).
Just wondered what people thought about the crating of the dog for two periods of say, three hours each. Hopefully, most days this won't be
I was also wondering on the possibility of building a fairly large pen in the garden. I live down a really quiet cul-de-sac with about ten houses in. I've read it's not great for the dog to have the run of the garden, but a large pen with a shelter/dog house might be a good compromise?
Sorry about the long post - my situation takes quite a bit of explaining!Total German Shepherd
Overall, your potential solution as mentioned above to the problem of having a dog at home during your working day sounds good, assuming your helpers keep up on their promise to consistently check in on the dog for "pee pee breaks" and the like on the days you're gone at work all day.
3 hours or so in a crate is no big problem, so long as your puppy is not really small (only a few months old and can't "hold it" for 3 hours yet), and you have trained it to accept accept the crate as a good thing and the perfect place for a quiet nap and time to relax when mom and dad are not available.
All in all I think your solution sounds good - as long as everyone else keeps up on their part of the bargain. Good luck with your new German Shepherd - send us a picture and story about your puppy later on when you get the chance.