Planned on buying a French Bulldog buy new work hours may not work Questions

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  1. Paulym

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    Planned on buying a French Bulldog buy new work hours may not work

    Hello, Im looking for a little advise. I had planned on buying a French Bulldog but I now have a new job with an odd schedule and long hours. Im single, live in a spacious apartment but im afraid my hours of work may not be fair to a dog.

    My schedule is 4 days on 4 days off. I work two days then two nights with a split shift in the middle but unfortunately with travel im away from home for the entire day. For my two day shifts I leave the apartment at 06:30 am and return at 9pm then for my two night shifts I leave the apartment at 6:30pm and return at 09:00am.

    Obviously I could take a dog for a good walk early in the morning then arrange a walk by a professional walker at some point in the afternoon then another walk as soon as I get home. Then The night shifts I could go for a very long walk in the daytime, another walk before I leave then again immediately in the morning when I return from work.

    My questions are......

    Is this enough exercise for a French Bulldog?
    Is this too long for a French Bulldog to be left alone?

    I appreciate any advise I can get... As of now my decision is obviously on hold but I just want to see if its an option. And obviously I have lots of neighbours that can help out.

    Thanks
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    Malka, GsdSlave and Paulym like this.
    It is good that you are thinking this through carefully, but you might not like my opinion. Even with a dog walker coming in,I think that this is far too long to leave a dog alone. When I was breeding, I wouldn't place a dog where the owners were going to leave the dog for more than five hours at a stretch.
    Dogs are social creatures and need company if they are not to develop behavioural problems, such as soiling and nuisance barking. I also think that your hours are too erratic to allow the dog to form a routine, and most dogs do have a pretty accurate inner clock, which gives a shape to their day. My dogs will 'Huh' at me if I spend ten minutes longer than usual in bed. They prompt me for their 11am walk, and can judge their lunch, supper and bedtimes to within a quarter of an hour.
    I think you may be the right person to own a dog, but the time may not be right yet.
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    I have to respectfully disagree. The pups are going to be breed regardless if you can give one a loving home go for it. My wife and I both work so our babies are crated more than we would like. We bought a second one to keep the two of them company. Not to many people have the means to purchase one let alone 2 and provide for there needs.
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    Mostly they come from puppy farms /commercial or BYB breeders, one is only encouraging these Unethical breeders to continue, who don't care what conditions the dogs are kept in or how they're bred.
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    Neither one of my dogs came from puppy farms. I never suggested that I approved of this kind of unethical breeding was ok. I’m just saying if he can provide a loving quality home I don’t think he should be discouraged from getting a puppy just because he has to crate it more than is preferred.
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    Being left for up to fourteen and a half hours is not just, 'more than is preferred'.
    In those vital early weeks, a puppy needs much more than a visit from a dog walker.
    It needs feeding at very regular intervals.
    It needs the opportunity to be able to learn to hold its urine and bowel contents.
    It needs a watchful eye to spot the beginnings of problem behaviours developing - such as barking, destructiveness, and unhygeinic habits.
    It needs companionship and interactive play to develop confidence, and a nicely rounded character as an adult.
    The fact that the OP had sufficient doubts to ask the question shows that she already has doubts. I am sure that she will make a great dog owner when the time is right.
    I'm afraid we will have to agree to disagree about this.
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    Oh dear, doubts ... doubts. I really must learn to read through before posting!
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