On a positive note, I've had dogs of various breeds for longer than I care to remember, and I've learned that a do can get used to being alone for about 8 hours a day. But, it's not easy on the dog or you. Housebreaking is harder and, when puppy gets bored, it's "what can I chew on?" They also need exercise. Expect to spend time with him each day playing. Toss a ball or toy in the apartment and be amazed when he starts running happily at full speed from room to room. Definetely take him for walks. Let him sniff and explore. Outside excercise is better. Shelties love to run...and run. And, although shy around at first with other dogs, once thay get to know them, they'll run and play with them. Major downside: Shelties bark at anything. While you are at work, he will bark at any noise he hears. They are great dogs...will curl up at your feet or next to on the couch and are very devoted. And tend to suffer from seperation anxiety.
Answered by Anonymous - 11/11/2012 12:26:53 AM