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Well, my little Duffy will be 9 weeks old on Thanksgiving. We only have two choices for Thanksgiving day:

1) leave him at home in his crate while we go to my sister's for dinner (probably be gone from 3 till 10)

2) bring him and his crate with and listen to him crying because her house is all carpeted and we can't leave him loose in her house. we will be able to take him outside for potty breaks, but then it will be right back in the crate.

What would you do and what are your plans for thanksgiving with your pup?

Kris
 

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I am staying home....cooking here. But if I was going somewhere and the pup was welcome I would bring puppy and crate. Good luck.
 

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Well, my little Duffy will be 9 weeks old on Thanksgiving. We only have two choices for Thanksgiving day:

1) leave him at home in his crate while we go to my sister's for dinner (probably be gone from 3 till 10)

2) bring him and his crate with and listen to him crying because her house is all carpeted and we can't leave him loose in her house. we will be able to take him outside for potty breaks, but then it will be right back in the crate.

What would you do and what are your plans for thanksgiving with your pup?

Kris
I wouldn't leave him home for 7 hours... unless you have someone coming to take him out a couple of times. A 9 week old can't hold their potty that long.

We're having dinner at our house this year. Lots of people... lots of excitement for them. They are very good when we eat dinner, they will lay in the living room and watch. It might take a few minutes for them to calm down but I'm sure Thanksgiving dinner won't be much different. :)
 

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Fortunately we're having thanksgiving... and by then Flora won't be considered a puppy anymore (she turns 1 on the 24th).

Is it possible for you to come home and let your pup out for a while and feed him, if you do happen to go to your sister's house and can't bring the dog?
 

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No, its a good 45 minute drive one way. So we don't have the choice of going home. Our usual pet sitter is not going to be home on Thanksgiving day. Looks like we'll have to bring him with. I hate the thought of him being cooped up in his crate all day at my sister's with only potty breaks. But the thought of him having an accident on her plush carpeting (and the ONLY room not carpeted is the kitchen (sigh) is an even worse thought....

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ooh but at least he will have breaks from the cage if you take him and SURELY your family can't resist fussing over a 9 week old golden puppy all day long!! If that were my family they probably wouldn't notice me, just the puppy!!! Can't you let him have a wander round the kitchen (supervised) for some breaks and out in the garden for a run around every couple of hours? Much better than alone for 7 hours, that would be very unfair for such a young pup.
 

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I agree with Emma&Tilly.
 

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I agree with Emma&Tilly.

Me too, I would definitely take him with you. He is so darn cute, he probably won't be in his crate much because everyone will want to hold him, play with him... And when he is in his crate he will be happier with you in the vicinity, and you can relax and enjoy the day without worrying.
 

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Is there a garage where you can put him perhaps with a blanket over the crate while visiting.

Also take a couple stuffed kongs and keep frozen until you give them to him for treats to help keep him occupied in his crate.
 

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I think Emma summed it up perfectly. Unless your family has no heart I think your young pup will spend Thanksgiving cradled in someones arms the whole time.
 

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If your family DOESN"T cuddle your pup, I'd go home early!

We host Thanksgiving so we have no problem.
 

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Tucker is coming with us. We're having it at my cousin's house this year and they live on a farm and have a black lab and a springer spaniel who are close in age to Tucker. The pups will probably play out in their big field all day. We had it at our house last year when Tucker was just a pup and he did extremely well with all of the chaos.
 

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I am having 25 people at my house; most are NOT dog lovers! We always have a problem with our older dog as she wants to be with us and some of the guest don't want her in the room. Now with the puppy, I can only imagine what will happen. I know the puppy can not be around the food; he grabs food so fast you don't even see him coming. If I put him in his crate, he will bark up a storm and that will drive everyone nuts; of course it might get everyone to go home at a decent time ;-)
 

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We are taking our 8 week old Payton who will be 9 weeks on Thanksgiving with us for an 8 hour car ride north for a long weekend. Best part is we are staying at my dad's house and Payton is a surprise! He'll love it!
 

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You definitely can't crate him for that long, but for one day, if he spent the time alone at home -- with access to a potty area, even if newspaper -- it wouldn't be the end of the world. Plenty of puppies live with people who have full time jobs and who, as a result, spend a full work day at home alone. Perfectly ideal? No. Will it destroy your puppy? No.

If it were me, I'd either crate him in my car and frequently go out to potty/walk/play with him. Or if he had to stay at home, I'd use an X-pen and put pee pads or newspaper down to provide a potty area. If he has a wire crate, you can clip the pen to the open crate to create a "yard" area that has a pee pad and gives him more space to move around.
 

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Yes, great idea about the kongs! I'm sure the kids will love him out of the crate, but I'm afraid of the accidents -- ! I would be mortified if he peed on their carpeting. They have a perfect home....unlike mine with my dogs and cats - lol!

Not only that, but he constantly mouths and those teeth HURT.

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I also say take the pup. I would bet it will not be nearly as bad as you think.

We are having Thanksgiving at our house and anyone that has a problem with a dogs ...can get over it or leave.
 

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Take the pup with you & take some of the others advice.
Casey is going with us to my sisters to visit w/ Sophie the boxer pup, who is 1 week older. We do have a problem w/ my dads schnauzer being agressive w/ other dogs, but we will deal with that.
 

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Yes, great idea about the kongs! I'm sure the kids will love him out of the crate, but I'm afraid of the accidents -- ! I would be mortified if he peed on their carpeting. They have a perfect home....unlike mine with my dogs and cats - lol!

Not only that, but he constantly mouths and those teeth HURT.

Kris
I think some supervised play sessions in the garden or when the kitchen isn't too busy would be great for the pup and the kids, a learing experience for both!! Great socialisation for the pup and the kids will learn how to interact nicely with a puppy. I think even people that aren't too crazy over dogs would find it hard to resist a golden puppy at that age! After a couple of bursts of energy meeting lots of new people and having a run around outside your puppy may settle well in the crate. If not chuck in a kong to keep him busy and Im sure he will settle then. This is definitely a wonderful socialiation opportunity for your puppy, it would be a shame for him to miss it!

Gawd, my family would kill me if I left a puppy at home! Although I do have an aunt (who I don't see much) who sounds a bit like your family...perfect home, non dog people...but I think EVEN they would give a golden pup a cuddle!
 
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