>>I've been debating about getting a dog from the pound but I have one
>>I don't have a steady work schedule. So there are times when I work at
>>home and other times when I'm working outside the house.
>>My concern is that if I'm working outside the house and leaving the dog
>>inside all day long. There doesn't seem to be one answer to this
>>problem. Is it cruel to the dog to force them to have to hold it all
>>day long until you return home?
>>I can not afford a dog walker and I don't have a fenced in yard. And I
>>will not tie a dog outside all day long. So my only option is to leave
>>the dog inside all day long.
> Lots of dogs are left alone inside all day. You'll be wanting to make
> sure your dog gets lots of exercise anyway, but on the days you know
> you have to leave him/her for the day - make sure you get out for a
> good long walk before you leave, and if you're feeding in the morning
> make sure you buddy has a chance to poop and pee before you have to
You may also want to consider adopting an older dog, instead of a puppy or a
young dog who will be less able to "hold it" or who will have more energy to
burn when you're home. Also, do some research on the breed of dog that is
best for your lifestyle - not just size, but also energy level, how easily
they get bored, etc.
If you are on good terms with any of your neighbors kids, maybe talk to one
of them (providing they're old enough and responsible enough) about coming
over and taking the dog for a quick walk when they get home from school?