New Puppy coming soon, worried about when at work
New addition to family coming soon, he is from DDR/Czech lines. Want to do personal protection foremost, but also Schutzhund.
Since this is my goal (vs family pet) I want to start things out right.
My biggest concern at the moment is what to do when I'm gone at work and no one is home? I will crate him of course, but I remember when I got my last GSD pup that a rule of thumb was they can only hold their bladder an hour for each month they are old.
I can come home at lunch and walk him then, so it would be about 4 hours in-between walkings.
I don't want to build a pen inside house and make potty training more difficult.
The other facet to this problem, is that is it ok to have the puppy in a crate that long 5 days a week? I know they say puppies sleep 10+ hours daily, but I just don't want to build the feeling of freedom!!!!! when I open the crate door and he goes crazy all around the house.
Option I don't have, neighbor or friends to walk dog.
Any advice greatly appreciated!