Friday, May 21, 2010

Going back to work with a new puppy?

I go back on Monday and am worried about leaving my new puppy alone in the house with the cat (he was a rescue puppy). I feel bad just sticking him in a crate because he hasn't had time to adjust to one yet. I work 8 hour days and I know he can't hold it that long. What should I do? Don't bother leaving rude comments!
Answers:
You are right, he won't be able to hold it that long not if he's under 8-12 weeks. If you can't find someone to come by and let him out you need to come home on your lunch break.
As he gets older it will be easier but for now you need to make arrangements to get him out to do his business at least every 4-6 hours.
How long have you had him? try having someone in your neighborhood or a friend/relative come by and spend some time with the puppy. or pay a neighboorhood kid to let the dog out once or twice a day. or try a doggie daycare. good luck.
Get afreiend or family member to come check on him and take him out. He will not be able to hold it for that long!!
ITS GOING TO DIE! ITS GOING TO BLOW UP! ITS GOING TO TRY TO GET ON MYSPACE AND THEN BLOW UP! IT IS GOING TO GET CUT UP AND THEN ITS GOING TO GET BURNED IN THE OVEN BECAUSE IT TRIED TO GET ON MYSPACE AND IT DIDN'T WORK SO THEN IT BUSTED THE MONITOR SCREEN AND THEN THE MONITOR EXPLODED ND THEN IT GOT ELECTROCUTED AND THEN SLICED UP, THEN EXPLODED THEN IT TS ASHES ALL SPONTANEOUSLY COMBUSTED-BUT IT'S OKAY, IT WAS ALL TOMS FAULT AND IT WAS JUST AND ACCIDENT!
This is a tough situation that lots of pet owners face. With my last puppy, I used the crate, but with the divider removed. This made a larger space than what is recommended for crate training, but it made room for a potty area. I put a soft blanket and stuffed animal in the front, and lined the back area with a piddle pad. It took a day or so for her to figure out which end to use, but once she did, clean up was a breeze.
Your best bet (and the best for your puppy) is to try to come home on your lunch period if at all possible or try to find a family member or friend who can stop by and take your puppy out long enough to stretch his legs and do his business.
Another option is to try to locate a Puppy Daycare Facility in your area. These are becoming more and more popular and are springing up everywhere. This takes away the guilt of leaving your puppy alone and also assists in making sure he is well socialized both with dogs and people. Just be sure to thoroughly check out the facility before leaving your puppy.
Best of luck. Leaving a puppy is similar to taking a child to daycare for the first time. The guilt can be overwhelming, but you can do things to make it easier on you both.
Whenever I had a new pup %26 had to go to work, I just confined it to 1 room %26 put puppy potty pads down. And only left water for her to drink %26 some toys, treat %26 bed. I usually put the puppy in the kitchen %26 used a child gate to keep her in there. I also left a radio or t.v. on for company. It's worked well for me for at least 20 dogs so far.
I would suggest recruiting your friend to take the puppy out every couple of hours or hire a petsitter to come in a couple time a day. A puppy can't hold it that long. There really is no quick fix to this. You're going to have to have someone else take the puppy out. Otherwise you'll have a very disobedient , unpotty trained puppy.

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