|09-26-2013 07:26 PM|
Or delay receiving your puppy. a 3 month old could handle 4 hours in the crate (technically speaking)
|09-26-2013 05:32 PM|
Not an option, I would be robbed shortly after. Thx though
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|09-26-2013 02:52 PM|
|lzver||You could also consider having a dog walker come into the house. We did this with our GSD Jake when he was a puppy because my husband and I both worked a distance from home and couldn't get home during the day to let him out.|
|09-26-2013 12:54 PM|
|Galathiel||I had saved a week's vacation for when I brought my pup home. What I ended up doing was working some in the mornings and then going home for the rest of the day. That meant my 1 week's vacation I stretched into two weeks of partial days. By the end of that time, he could easily make it until my son or I came home at lunch to let him out and feed him lunch. He has amazing control though . even at 8 weeks, even though I took him out 2 or 3 times during the night, he only plopped down on the ground outside until maybe the last potty time out so I just cut them out and took him out around 4 or 5 am.|
|09-26-2013 12:13 PM|
|AugustGSD||It is perfectly okay to leave them in their crate while you are at work. I had to do this as well. I had to line the crate with puppy pads (XL kind work great for this if you go with a large crate from the start), but surprisingly this did not hurt housebreaking. The puppy will become used to your schedule, and while they may not like being cooped up, its safer for them when you can't be there. Just make sure you spend a lot of time with him when you are able to, and start discipline early.|
|09-26-2013 10:51 AM|
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!