For those of you that work full-time ...

... how long do you leave your pug un-attended and are they able to hold it that long?

We are in the exciting process of adopting a pug and their rep. explained that his pug(s) are let out every 4-5 hours to relieve themselves.  My husband works too far to come home on his lunch and I can most times, but not always.  If I can't come home on my lunch hour, than our pug would be left unattended 8 hours.  Our adoption rep also suggested gating kitchen off and putting down pads. 

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BunnyPug (over 7 years ago)

I leave Bunny alone for about 5 hours at a time when I go to work.  I usually can come home for lunch and take care of her, but then there are days when I can't.  When I can't come home I usually pre-plan it so that Bunny knows (I really think she understands).  On the days I can't come home for lunch I take her out twice before I leave and make sure she has done all of her potties.  I also tell her I won't be home until after work and that she doesn't get a mid-day break.  On the days I don't come home for about 8 hours she chooses to drink less water, that's why I think she understands, she doesn't want to drink too much otherwise she would need to go.

I think depending on their age and their previous potty schedule they can be left alone for a decent amount of time.  Do you know much about the pug you are adopting?

Gating off the kitchen is a good idea, but I think Bunny is too mischevious and would find something she shouldn't have plus I know she would eat the potty pads (that's why we stopped using the litter box in her crate, she wanted to eat the potty pad and sleep in the box).

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nicky927 (over 7 years ago)

We leave Guinness and Sophie alone for 8-9 hours, 5 days a week. They're usually pretty good with holding it. Sophie hasn't made a mess in a long time. Guinness on the other hand is only a puppy so he does go here and there. But we put down puppy pads or newspaper and he's ok. We keep them gated in our kitchen, which is tile floor, and a pretty large room, so they have room to play. We also put toys, water, beds, for them as well so they don't get into things. We also put our garbage can in the pantry, and hide towels and anything they can ruin. They've never chewed on cabinets or doorways, something I was originally worried about when doing the kitchen thing.

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pearlgirl (over 7 years ago)

mine holds it for about 8 hrs , five days a week also and has never had an accident....i never do pads cause i know they would become lunch! then she will randomly pee in the house on the weekend when were right in front of her, go figure!!

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Laurie222 (over 7 years ago)

When I had LuLu & Pokey (they are both gone now), we both worked full time & there were days the dogs were left alone for about 8 hours.  I always made sure they went out a couple times before I left.  We gated off our front room & upstairs & they had the whole kitchen & family room to wander in & they were fine.   They rarely ever had accidents. 

We now have Chloe & she is only 9 months.  We leave her for about 4 - 5 hours at the most & she is in her cage during that time.  She does great too.   

GOOD LUCK.

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puglover4 (over 7 years ago)

Thanks for the replies everyone!!  Very helpuful.  The pug we will get will probably be 3-4 years old.  I don't want the pug to eat the pads, never thought of that.  I'll be sure to find out what kind of potty schedule she is used to.

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Mom2Pugs (over 7 years ago)

Hi Puglover4!  If your adopted baby is 3 to 4 years old they should be able to hold it for 8 hours or so.  You may have to work them up to that depending on the schedule they are used to.  My to puggers can hold it for over 8 hours but they know that when we go to work they should not eat and or drink too much.  When we get home they eat and drink after a good potty in they yard.  Then it is play time!  LOL  Keep us posted can't wait to see pictures of the baby! 

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JanandSass (over 7 years ago)

Sacha loves her bed, especially when it is cold out.  We have seen her hold it for up to 12 hours overnight simply because she doesn't want to get up.  But we try to make sure she gets out every four hours during the day. 

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JayCronk (over 7 years ago)

Hey there.  We never used pads or anything and got our pug about 11 weeks old.  I work about 45 min from home and am gone close to 11 hours a day.  My wife is gone for about 9 or 10.  My wife teaches and was home at the tail end of the summer with our pug for about the first 4 weeks.  After that, we left her crated and she was fine for the most part.  Only maybe 3 accidents in the crate since we have had her (1 year) and two of those were when we hung a water bottle from her crate in the early stages and she didn't know how to not drink all of it.

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KatB (over 7 years ago)

I feel alittle uneasy about leaving a dog in a crate for that long. Don't mean to offend anyone. It's your dog. But if it were me, I would feel better gating off an kitchen or bathroom during your time spent away that long. With a potty box, pads, or what ever. I worry as that's along time for some of you, and asking a small dog to hold it that long could lead to infections in the bladder. I can see maybe 4-5 but making a crated dog hold it for more is not fair, in my book. I would want my pugs to have some way to releave themselfs and be comfortable. I would rather come home from a long day at work, and clean up a few messes on pads what have you. But know my baby wasn't holding it and being unhappy he/she couldn't take a pee or poop. LOL! The longest I have left my dogs is 8 hours. But gated in the kitchen with comfy beds, water, toys, and a patty pad. Again don't mean to offend, this is a great topic.

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KatB (over 7 years ago)

Nicky927, LMAO! Been there too. How funny. I can hear your pug saying," Pee Pads? You gave me Pee Pads? I don't want no stinkin Pee Pads!"

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pearlgirl (over 7 years ago)

that indor pottie looks like a great idea!! i wonder how you clean it though??  ive seen something like that only with grass on it in petsmart!!

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KatB (over 7 years ago)

That picture is killin me. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I got tears in my eyes. It looks like a bomb went off. HAHAHA! I think I will be returning to that picture alot.   What good one.

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nicky927 (over 7 years ago)

I took that picture as I stepped in the door & let them outside because I was like....what....just...happened??? My face was probably like  Needless to say, I don't leave pee pad's anymore...not to mention they're expensive.

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KatB (over 7 years ago)

Walmart sells washable pads over by the bed and pillow protectors. Their felt on one side and viynal on the other. Called Bed pad protectors. I have them and they are really nice. They come in a twin bed size and run about $8 bucks. You can buy the doggie puppy aid liquid and put a few drops in the middle to get them going on them.

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LolaAnn (over 7 years ago)

I don't leave my Pug in a crate, she stays out and has the run of the house. She did bother a few things when she was small so we gated her up in the kitchen, but now she stays out and pretty much sleeps in my bed the whole time I'm gone, which is usually not long because I go to college and don't work. My Aussie on the other hand has to be crated, I couldn't imagine what my house would look like if I left her out unattended! lol I tried to put her in the baby gate in the kitchen also, but she just hopped right over it. I hated to do that to her, but it was a last resort, I don't like crates. I agree with you KatB, I couldn't imagine leaving my dog crated for 8 hours, sometimes I feel bad just leaving her for a couple of hours. But, we are about to install a fence, so I can just start leaving my Aussie out in our fenced area when we leave, which will make me and her very happy!

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angelpugs (over 7 years ago)

my pugs are never crated as i can be home with them even when i go out to the store they have the run of the house as i know some people have to i could never crate mine even going out in the car they sit on the seat.

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puglover4 (over 7 years ago)

Do most of you use baby gates?  Do you take put gates up  /  take down daily?  I saw a pet gate online (amazon) that was lower and therefore much easier to step over. 

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Zuji (23 days ago)

~ There's only one day per week when I'm away all day.

Zuji is in a spacious area with ample room to play.

His crate is there, as well as a bed, water, toys and a toilet area.

He's not thrilled when I leave on Tuesday mornings, but seems to have coped fairly well.

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Tiggy (1 day ago)

I am responding to your fabulous photo: Yes, been there I have 2 babies turned1 yr this week (sisters). That is a great idea- the training tray. Same thing happened to me. I got a training tray but DID not get one with the grate over the pad and Yes, came home again to a hot mess. Purchased the training tray with the plastic grate over the tray and problem completely solved. I know the post is old- but thought maybe would be useful for someone with a new baby