Post # 1
I would prefer an older dog that is already house broken but I found the cutest lil pomeranian poodle puppies!! It is so hard to say no to those cute lil faces! My question is, how hard will it be to potty train him while I’m at work from 7-5pm Mon-Fri? My job doesn’t allow me to be able to make it back home during lunch time to take him out. I know lots of people that work full time that have dogs but that just seems like a long time to be alone. I would crate him while i’m at work and put a puppy pad in with him. Can anyone give me advice how they handled having a puppy while being at work all day?
Post # 3
@SpartyGirl: What I’ve always read is that you should take about a week off if you are bringing home a new puppy so you can help transition them into the house and work on potty training. Puppies have very little bladder control. There is no way they will make it 10 hours without an accident when you are at work.
Personally I would say if you don’t have the ability to take time off to work with your puppy then you should probably go with an older already potty trained dog. But even then you want to be home with them more at first so they get used to their new home and owner.
Post # 4
I would go with an older dog on this. A puppy does not seem to be a good fit for you.
Post # 5
If you do get a puppy, hire a dog walker to visit 1-2 times per day while you are @ work.
Post # 6
Yeah, it would not be mature or responsible for you to get a puppy right now. You don’t have the time to train it, so it will grow up to be hell on wheels. Also, that adorable little puppy sitting and crying in a box all day– inevitably using the bathroom all over the place and rolling in it, being hungry and thirsty? Puppies are babies, they need a lot of attention.
Post # 7
Your schedule will definitely not work with a puppy. It will be lonely and crying if you’re gone for that long. Also, you don’t put puppy pads in a crate. You could leave him in a gated, tiled area with a puppy pad, but they don’t go in a crate. However, I think puppy pads hinder potty training more than they help it.
Post # 8
Doesn’t sound like a puppy is a good choice for you right now until you can hire a dog walker to come at least twice a day. An older dog would be able to hold it a normal work day. Just keep looking. It took me months to find my 4 year old toy poodle. 🙂
ETA: Puppy pads aren’t usually a good idea for potty training. It just confuses the dog because sometimes they are allowed to go potty inside and sometimes they aren’t.
Post # 9
When Molly McDoodle was a puppy, I just put her in a giant doggy purse and took her to work with me for two weeks. I took her outside during my breaks and my lunch hour. I don’t think anyone even noticed she was there the first week.
Post # 10
DO NOT get a puppy unless you have someone to check on it every few hours! A general rule of thumb is that you can keep a puppy crated for an hour for every month old it is (e.g., if it’s 4 months old, you can crate it for 4 hours).
We got a puppy two years ago, and only because my Fiance works 20 minutes from home and could come at lunch and let him out, feed him, and play with him. Even then, when he was in his crate for 6 hours (the longest time we left him alone), he’d sometimes pee. And we’re pretty sure he barked constantly anyways. I’m pretty sure the happiest day of his life was when he turned 1 and we let him have free reign of the house with our other dog. And even then, he had a few accidents in the house.
If you have the time and energy to care for and train a puppy, though, it will be the best decision you’ve ever made!
Post # 11
We adopted an adult dog (he was about 1.5-2 years when we got him) and it was a good solution for us since we work full time. We got him from a rescue group that uses fosters, so he was already fully crate trained and housetrained. It was still a lot of work, but that definitely made it much easier–puppies can be much more demanding!
In your position, I think it may make more sense to adopt an adult dog that is already housetrained. Puppies are adorable, but like a PP said, they are kind of like babies. Plus there are always a lot of adoptable adult dogs out there because so many people want a puppy instead…I’m sure you could find one that could fit into your lifestyle!
Post # 12
It definitely doesn’t sound like you guys are in the position right now to get a puppy. Puppies don’t have enough bladder control to be left in a crate all day and puppy pads will hinder your ability to housebreak a dog.
Go for a housebroken adult dog. You and the dog will both be happier.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t recommend a puppy if you can’t at least come home for lunch or hire someone to take him out while you’re at work. If you absolutely had to get a puppy, then I would keep him in an xpen during the day with some newspaper down on one side. Potty training will probably be a lot harder because your pup will get used to peeing and pooping in the house, but it’s not fair to him to keep him in a crate that long. You should never put pee pads in a crate as that encourages them to soil their den area.
Post # 14
I know how adorable the little puppies are. But I’d agree with all the PP here, a puppy is like a baby, and lots of issues with behavior and potty training can arise if you leave it in a crate (or pen) alone all day. When my family got our puppies, we got them right at the beginning of summer vacation (back in high school) and even when summer was over and the puppies were 4-5 months old, my mom would come home every 3-4 hours, so twice a day, to take the puppy out, play with it, clean up after it, etc. Puppies can also develop pretty bad separation anxiety, because all they’ve known their whole lives are their mom and littermates around them 24/7.
Post # 15
First off makes sure you are in this to the bitter end! Think about your future, if you love to travel, want babies, have an usntable source of money etc and ask yourself if its something you can commit to time wise and financially for 10-15 years potentially.
As far as puppies, due to your work situation I would highly recommend an older dog! If you get a puppy and hire a dog walker, thats okay but puppies need tons of attention, training, and the opportunity to bond with the owner. If your gone for most of his/her waking hours, its going to be a tough job. A puppy crated from 7-5 would be just like a puppy in a pet store locked in a cage all day, it doesn’t bode well mentally or phsycially for the development of the dog.
Id suggest taking the time to make a list of some things your looking for in a dog, and then get in-touch with local rescues that do fostering. If you want a dog thats house trained, good with kids, tolerable of cats, knows commands or whatever etc etc, they will be able to match you with a dog that has already displayed those traits because they live in a home at the moment with a foster family.
Best of luck in your doggy mama journey!
Post # 16
I would say go with the older dog. Even older dogs need attention and love and training on a scale that most working full time owners can give them, so a puppy is really out of the question. Of course it depends on the breed, but ideally you should be taking your dog on a long walk or two every day, training once or more a day for 10-20 min and playing with them as well. It just isn’t fair to know that you will give them less than that and still get a puppy.