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I recently got an 8 week old German Shepherd puppy. I also have a small dog (not sure on breed maybe 15-20 pounds) that is about 3 years old. They both play with each other and get along pretty well, but the problem is i am gone through the day (7am-5:30Pm) i spend pretty much all the time i have with the puppy when i get home, but would the puppy be okay being without me for that long? Keep in mind the other dog is with her in the back yard which is pretty spacious.

(I ask because i did not raise the smaller one as a puppy so i don't have puppy experience)
 

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You should not leave any dogs of any age unsupervised in your backyard unless you have a secure dog run. Even then, I don't think that it's an ideal set-up for a puppy, but there's not much you can do about it now.
I would have the puppy in a crate indoors, and either come home midday to take the puppy out if possible, or have someone you trust come over and take the puppy out for a potty, feeding and play break.
 
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