There are puppies just born in the family They are with SIL and MIL in the UK, we live in Germany.
DH is quite taken with the idea of bringing one of them over here in August, but we both work - me only part time, there would be someone in the house at all times except for 3 mornings a week until about 2pm. His idea is that SIL and MIL can crate train/toilet train the dog and we won't have to take long off work. I've not owned a dog before. He admits he's feeling a bit soppy at the moment (it was "his" dog who had the puppies).
Realistically what do you think would be fair to plan? We could take some time off work but even if the dog is happy in a crate it's still a new house, new people, new environment etc.
That seems fair. I took two weeks off when I got my puppy at 8 weeks. It meant I had plenty of time to settle her. DH works from home but she has always been left for up to 4 hours.
I would say that if it is 8-2 that is quite a while for a puppy to not have a wee. We have never left our now 5 year old dog for more that 5 hours as a one off. Is there anyone that can let it out for a wee?
What sort of dog is it? do you have children? Has your landlord given you permission to have a dog? It isn't cheap to move a dog from one country to another, it will need a pet passport - probably looking at £200 in vets fees (although might not be so much if not wanting to return dog to uk) plus transport, although i suppose you could drive him over - are dogs allowed on the shuttle?
I think we're leaning towards not because the apartment is too small really. But hypothetically We have permission, although it would be a pain when we move to find somewhere who will take one. They are springer spaniels. I could be wrong about the crate, not sure how it works. I know DH had his puppy in a (large) crate in his bedroom and then as she got older the whole room became "her space".
We have a 5yo. We know about the pet passport - although I'm not sure if there's a minimum age of the animal? I know if wanting to avoid quarantine they need to be in an EU country for more than 6 months.