So I've had Morty for two weeks now and I have one more week with him before I have to go back to work I have a few options available to me regarding care for him while I'm away and have been weighing up the pros and cons of each. I was wondering if folks could give me their honest opinions on which they feel is best based on their own experiences please? Option A: Doggy Day Care. I have found a good day care for Morty which comes very highly recommended, quite honestly it seems perfect, except for one thing... cost! It would be very financially draining for me so I'm not sure how well I could keep it up long term. I'm leaning towards this option for the puppy stages and perhaps once he's calmed down start looking into another less expensive option Option B: Moving back in with my parents/parents dogsitting occasionally. My parents are retired and have a dog of their own so move back in with them where I know Morty would have company all day. Cons - they live quite a distance from my work so I would need to do quite a commute, this would also mean I'd barely see Morty during the week and I'm not sure of the effects of reintroducing him to a new home so soon after adjusting to my current one. Another potential issue is that my parents dog is very old now and was never properly socialised and has always been a bit wary of other dogs, they had a brief introduction to each other where they got on well enough however I can imagine a boisterous lab puppy wanting to constantly play could likely annoy an older dog who just wants to sleep all day! Option C: He stays in his pen during the day. I live close to my work and have an hour for lunch to take him out etc, but there's no beating around the bush here, he would be alone for 4-4.5hrs twice a day, every day. Clearly this is the worst option for Morty, but if it could work, would be the best option for me financially by a long stretch. Truthfully, I think this is one to introduce when hes over the puppy stage and his temperament is more stable. So what do you all think? There's obviously pros and cons to each option both for Morty and for me. My current thinking is a combination of option A & B in the first few months and slowly introduce option C as he gets older, however I'm sure plenty of members here have been in a similar situation and have made things work, perhaps a whole other option I haven't thought of?