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Old 07-25-2014, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Adding a new pup - potty breaks during work week?

What do you guys do when you add a new pup to the household in terms of potty breaks during the work week?

I currently have a dog walker for my GSD, but was thinking about doing away with it, because it's expensive. Adding a second dog makes it *really* expensive.

This is only a temporary problem until the pup gets more bladder control, but what do you guys who work do with your pups while you're at work?

I can't get home on my lunch break, I only have a 30 minute break and I like 30 minutes away.

I just hate thinking that it can't hold it's bladder all day and is forced to pee in the crate or try to hold it.
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My husband comes home at lunch to let the dogs out. So he went from 7-12 at 10 weeks with no issue.
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I can't get home on my lunch though. Maybe I'll have my walker just take the pup out?
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I put my pup in a completely empty bedroom with engineered hardwood flooring. Then I got sod or turf and cut it to size to fit in a large low plastic container (3x2). I put a simple dog bed and a few toys in the room too.

I changed the turf every week to keep it nice and fresh and picked up the poop daily. The puppy went on grass even though it was in the house.

I did come home at lunch to let puppy out, but I would think this is one method to consider if you don't want to pay someone to come in and let puppy out. Or perhaps you could pay someone just to come in to manage the puppy and not the other dog.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm struggling with the same issue! Our pup is now about 4 months old... up to this point, we've had a friend who lives nearby come over and let her out of her kennel and have playtime with her everyday around lunch time. However, the friend is a teacher, and will be going back to work soon now that summer's almost over.
Neither myself nor my husband can come home on our lunch breaks (short lunch breaks, long commutes). I don't know what to do... We've been kenneling her (with the lunch time breaks), only because we don't have a room in the house where she can't hurt herself! I've caught her licking electrical outlets, chewing on electrical cords, you name it...
I like the idea of having a "potty area" in the house (like the fake grass), that would take care of the potty issue... but how/when do you determine whether your pup can be free from the kennel? I'm not too worried about her digging up carpet, or scratching the doors/walls (which she will do - just part of having a puppy!)... it's really just a safety issue.
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