Puppy dilema!

(4 Posts)
SpectorL Tue 02-Apr-13 19:02:02

My sister has two ADORABLE black labradors. Unfortunately, her DD doesn't get on with them at all so she isn't wanting to sell them.

My DD has been chewing my arm off for a dog since she has been able to talk. We are thinking about taking them in- but i'm going back to work soon.

Is it cruel to leave them? We will have a big outdoor metal kennel for them with an indoor shed with lots of blankets etc so its warm and obviously fresh food and water.

We were also thinking we could get a walker in to come and walk them in the middle of the day.

Would appreciate any advice/help.

pigsDOfly Tue 02-Apr-13 19:35:34

Labs are very high energy dogs you can't possibly leave them all day and expect them to behave in the home - expect inappropriate chewing and other boredom/stress related behaviour. So yes you would need to have them walked in the day, in addition to you walking them first thing and then after work.

How old are the dogs?

Please be very sure of how this is going to pan out before you commit yourself to these two dogs. Please don't do what your sister has done, take them on and then want to rehome them when they become an inconvenience. It's unfair to push them from pillar to post, they need to be settled in a long term home, and two labs are going to be an awful lot of work.

tabulahrasa Tue 02-Apr-13 19:46:49

How old are they? How much time will you have to walk/play/train when you are at home?

Bunnylion Tue 02-Apr-13 20:19:21

I don't understand how people get high energy dogs when their home situation is such that the dog will be alone most of the day. In my opinion it's not fair on the dog. I'm lucky as I can take mine to work with me everyday.

Splitting the two puppies up would be distressing for them and as a pair left alone all day they will probably wreak havoc. I'd recommend she finds someone who can take them both and who can give them a home environment that will keep them mentally and physically stimulated with human contact for most the day.

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