10 hours straight is too long even for an adult dog IMO. A puppy is a child and you don't just leave a child for hours on end. It's cruel. A puppy needs a gentle transition from its birth home and should not be left alone at all for a week or so. Then, you start training the pup to be alone. This is done gradually. If not done properly, you may end up with a dog with separation anxiety. I would not recommend anybody to get a puppy unless they work from home or is able to organize a dog sitter. I'm sorry if I'm stepping on toes here but just the thought of a tiny puppy all alone in a crate for several hours breaks my heart.
The practical problems are obvious. Small puppies need to potty nearly once an hour and they need to eat 3 times a day. I don't see how you could possibly house train a puppy properly with that schedule. Having someone come in at lunch time is far from enough.
Last edited by Hellas; 03-16-2012 at 07:01 PM.
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