Getting A New Pup?

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Richard F.'s Comment
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So I’m just starting out with my city hauling garbage working nights and it’s been a little over a year since my old dog passed away but a cutie has popped up and needs a home asap! I work locally so I’m home every day but I work nights and can’t bring her to work. Also I have old cats so I’m not sure how having a young pup alone with them would be? I can’t take her to work with me ☹️


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The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Richard F.'s Comment
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Any thoughts on balancing work life with pet life?

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NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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As long as you can get her enough human time during the day, it shouldn't be an issue crating her at night. The first hurdle though, will be her age and potty training stage. If she is a puppy puppy, it might be worth hiring a pet sitter or have a family member crash on your couch until she is old enough to safely hold her bladder for the time needed.

Pianoman's Comment
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In my experience it’s really tough having a pet if you live alone and can’t bring her to work with you. I have one dog currently but he’s been with me for years and I’ve trained him and taken him with me on the truck a bunch. It was tough when I was local leaving him all day so I got a doggy door for my house so he didn’t have to hold it all day. He was pretty lonely so I got another dog, 6 month old puppy, to keep him company. I could never find the time to train him with everything else I had to do when I got home after work. I just went otr again a couple months ago (wasn’t planned when I got the puppy) and was bringing them both on the truck and I finally had to rehome the younger pup this weekend. I feel awful about it because I don’t believe in rehoming pets but I had to do it for him and for my sanity. It was too cooped up for him in the truck and I couldn’t let him out enough and I was going insane having two dogs in the truck. Obviously your situation is different but I’m telling you all this to try to paint a realistic picture of what it’s like trying to train a new puppy while living alone and working local or even otr. It’s tough unless you don’t work a lot of hours. Not impossible, but unless you have a way to take care of him while you’re at work and have help training him I’m not sure I would do it if I were you. Just my two cents.


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Pianoman's Comment
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Also really sorry about your pup passing. Dogs are special

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