Hello all! I will be getting my 9 week old puppy this weekend and I'm debating on what to do. I've always heard that crate training is the best housetraining method, however, i want what's best for this puppy. Here is the scenario: my husband and I leave to go to work at 7:30am. He can take a noon break to come home and let the puppy out but then, he won't be home until 4:30pm again to let the puppy out. I've tried to get neighbors or friends to come and let the puppy out and (some friends and neighbors I have) are "not available". I will be honest that I'm not thrilled of the idea of having a complete stranger come to my house (pet sitting service) to let my puppy out. So due to the time when we can let the puppy out, should I choose an alternative arrangement, at least until the puppy is old enough to hold longer in a crate? I have an extra large crate from my dog who passed a couple of years ago but it's a big crate. I thought about putting the puppy there (lots of room for now) and it will be a confined space, put a nice bed for him in one corner and leave a small space in another corner in case he needs to go relieve himself, but i don't know if that would be appropriate. Any suggestions?