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30 November 2008 @ 07:37 am
I have a question /opinion type thing to ask of the group.   Experiences and stuff.  Pleasd try to keep judgemental comments to a minimum, i don'' forsee there truly being any but it has some potential.

Anyone in the group a night worker?  and if so how does your pupper react to it?  I'm talking about someone that lives alone.   I just want to try to judge whether any difficulties to doing it can be overcome.   I'll be moving again in the spring (or i should be anyway) and I will be somewhere that I can have a dog.   I'm not sure that after losing Skyking I'm quite up to having another BT but i think another small breed might be in my future.  If i can figure out whether any hardships can me easily overcome or are worth overcoming.  Truthfully i need something a little more companionable then a bird (which is all i have now)  and i'm horridly allergic to cats.

Some of this i tried to find online with little luck

Are dogs truly diurnal and will they sleep while their person is gone at night (less worry about the animal being alone, having distructive behaviors and separation anxiety.) or will they match your sleep cycle.

I guess i'm lookign to see how people may have handled house training as well (alhtough i guess it would be the same  as when working a day shift  and what not.)

would a dog be happy basically alone in the house in the middle of the afternoon while its person was sleeping? 


miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on November 30th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
dogs are pretty adaptable and if they're brought up in a particular situation, they'll learn to handle it. i think housetraining would be the same. i don't think there would be any serious issues - a lot of people work nights and have dogs successfully.

also, dogs aren't diurnal, they're crepuscular meaning they're most active at dawn and dusk.

Edited at 2008-11-30 02:16 pm (UTC)
Sara Raesarakenobi on November 30th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
i was goin to say everything except for the last sentence. :)
Ravenvoiceravenvoice on November 30th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
well dawn and dusk and when i'm most active too :0)

If i do it I will most likely adopt a young adult dogger if i can.
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on December 2nd, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
same here. :) 6pm-9pm or so is our crazy time in this house. :)
plz_letsrunawayplz_letsrunaway on November 30th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
i work midnight shifts.

this is my routine:
i have her kennelled at 10pm, when i leave for work. she sleeps through the night, and at 6am, when i get home she's let out, fed and goes outside for potty. i stay up for as long as i can, and p lay and take her for walks etc. i usually lay down for sleep around 1/2 pm (she usually comes with me if i do any running around, she loves car rides). i leave her in the kitchen, with her toys, kennel, water bowl and puppy gate her in. she runs around and plays until i wake up around 9pm. its a long time for her to be alone, but i usually wake up half way through around 5pm, and take her outside and give her dinner. lay back down, sleep a bit more, wake up and take her out to go potty, get ready for work, and she lays down for sleepies at 10pm again.

rinse and repeat. hahaha

she's adapting really really well. she's had accidents in the house, obviously. she's only about 4/5 months old or something like that. so its to be expected, but its okay.

i do feel bad when i do it for 9 days straight, so usually if i have to do it for extended days, i'll ask my mother or someone to watch her for a day or two. same routine, just more companionship for her.

:) hope this helps a little bit with your ponderings?
i haven't had any real problems at all.

Fancy's Fool: Dina holding majordina on December 4th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
I have strange schedules, but as long as Major sleeps with me he adapts to my sleep patterns- they will follow the pack leader, and in general they sleep a lot more than we do.