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Night Shift and Dogs

I am a new grad who has been oriented to days and I am beginning night shift soon. My preferred shift! Yay.

my dog has been staying with my mom while I was on days. I felt it too long for him to be alone during the day. My dog is used to me working 11-7a as a cna. I'm sure he will do fine, so please no comments on how i shouldn't have a dog etc. he sleeps all night long and I know he will be ok.

im just looking for tips and advice!


meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

Tips and advice about what?

Yes, you state that your dog is accustomed to you working night shift as a CNA, but you're asking for "tips and advice"? Tips and advice on what??

sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU.

I would crate train him.....he goes in crate when you go to work, but only if he is 4-6 months old ( able to hold bladder etc....the walk him when you get home....

My dogs were fine once they were adults. I would potty and walk before work then again after work. Depending on weather I would turn them loose in the backyard while I slept. If it was raining (or I didn't have a fence) I would play an intense game of fetch, feed them breakfast, and they would curl up with me while I slept. With my one year old hyperactive lab we would bike instead of walk. (Well I biked, she ran). I would run into problems if I worked more than 2 12 hour shifts in a row though. I finally changed my work schedule so that wouldn't happen. In an ideal world I would like to build a kennel in my garage and put in a doggy door do she could take herself outside to potty at night when I'm working.

Flames9_RN, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Has 10 years experience.

When I worked nights (wife had a normal 8-5 job) I would walk them when i got home form work...fed them..then went to sleep....work up...walked dogs..fed them...chilled....went to work....they did very well.....but each dog is different.....1 could get a dog walker to come in, but that would prob interrupt ur sleep.


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