I've had dogs for years. I grew up with dogs and I've had a dog in my home most of my adult life. I don't think I could ever happily live without one. But in looking for a new puppy, I'm confronted with an issue I've never faced before. And frankly, it really bothers me and so I've come to ask those of you who have probably got experience with it because I know there are plenty of pet owners who work and their furbabies do very well with it. So far in my job hunts..........it's looking like I'd probably (if someone ever contacts me) be working at least 10 hr days 5 days a week. I'm not going to object because the pay would be pretty darn good. I try to look at this from a puppy's point of view. It's going to be in the crate all night of course. Would be taken out to potty, for some morning lovin, maybe a bit of playing if I got up early enough. Then back into the crate for those 10 hrs plus travel time which would be maybe 20 mins. Then of course back out of the crate for potty time, some play time in the yard, some training, more play time yadda yadda.........but it would be going back into the crate at night. Now I realize dogs obviously adjust to this. Because I highly doubt people allow their new puppies to run amok in their houses all day while they're working. But I'm having a hard time shedding the thought that it is somewhat mean to the pup. And I realize that stems from the fact that all these years I've always been at home all day and pup was never subjected to the crate that way except on rare occasion, like a all day trip or something. And I do have one advantage while Travis is still at home and that is he can remove the new baby from the crate for potty and some play time while I'm not here. So as long as he would remember to do that, I guess it really wouldn't be the entire 10 hrs or so. Yes, I had to do this with Betsy when I went to school, but that was not anywhere near 10 hrs.......and by the time I was dong clinicals that were 12 hrs, husband was home with her. I don't have so much an issue with this with grown dogs. (not thrilled with it, but I think you know what I mean) But puppies.......I guess maybe there too much like babies to me or something. lol I'm questioning this because I stumbled (literally) across a litter of pups who's mother could very well be Molly's clone. I'd like to go meet the mom and babies today. I have the phone number and it's only 15 mins away. Pups seem to be the right age and in a really good environment ect. Mom is obviously well cared for. (they just need to spay her for pete's sake) But it's that long day after all night in a crate that makes me hesitate. Or heck.......doesn't seem to matter which shift I'd ask for, I can't seem to get around those long hours in the crate thing. So how do your new babies do with it? Does it make training harder? Are there some ways to make it easier on them?