Hi there!! Me and my husband are taking a big step and getting our first puppy. We've both owned adult dogs in the past but never a puppy and that is posing some potty training woes for me.
I know at night to crate the puppy and set an alarm and wake up to take her out, That worries me because the crate will be downstairs due to not fitting in the bedroom.. (the only room upstairs to give you an idea the roofs are slanted sort of like an attic situation.
) The other option I have is to have the puppy sleep with us, which id like to do eventually anyway but i worry for accidents.. Any opinions there?
Next problem is that I work everyday Monday through Friday 8-3:30 here is the schedule i am planning-
10 PM bed-
1-2 AM - potty
4-5 AM - potty
630 AM - wake up and potty again, then feed in crate and around 7:00/7:15 potty again then play before i go to work then potty one more time for good measure, when the puppy is older i plan to insert a good walk here to tire her out.
My husbands schedule is pretty much the same but 8-6..
I am planning on setting the crate up in the bathroom and starting off with pee pad training, but I am not sure how to do both at once or even if we can without confusing the puppy, but i wont be able to take a lunch till at least 11 or i could do even further at 12, to try and get an even 3.5/4 hours, but do to the nature of my work in the healthcare field i don't always get a break and neither does my husband, so we are hoping that we can take turns, but the sad fact is there may be a day here or there we don't get home and i dont expect the puppy to hold it and want to have a backup plan in place. Ofc when i get home its play and potty every 30 minutes to an hour, but do i take her outside or to the puppy pad? :/ Again worrying about confusion.. or maybe just put a puppy pad in both places so she knows? Idk..
I've read alot about getting help etc, but we just bought a house and do not know anyone in the area, including neighbors and are not super comfortable giving a random "dog sitter/walker" a key to my house.
I guess my long rant im just trying to figure out a way to make it all work without
Please don't comment saying to wait to get a puppy either as that is not helpful. I am looking for serious suggestions on how you worked a 8-3 job an still made it work.