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Hello & congratulations on your new puppy. I have a nursing colleague who has just got her second puppy (black Lab) a couple of weeks ago, & she works eight hour duties, & the hospital we work at is a twenty mins drive from her home. She recently lost her oldest Lab, so has got the new puppy to keep the new puppy of 18 months ago, company. She leaves them in a room with a babygate & seems to work well for her.
Although I am a forty mins drive from where I work, I chose to do only afternoon/ evening duties, so that there is just four hours from the time I leave for work, until when my husband arrives home from his work, so that works very well for us. I initially took two weeks annual leave for the puppy's for two weeks with us, but as it turned out, he has been with us for eleven weeks & I am still off work, due to a back injury at work three weeks before we got him. So, I have been at home with our puppy since his arrival, but I am hoping to return to work in the New Year after surgery, & have an exercise pen set up in our dining area ...polished floorboards throughout our house too. Whenever we go out, the puppy goes into the ex pen, with water, kibble, toys, & a comfortable bed. Our older dog stays in that area also, when we go out, plus our indoor cats, but just the puppy in the ex pen. Initially, he would pee on the floor in the pen, but he quickly learnt to hold on for up to four hours & then rush outside to pee when we get home. Longer than that, & I would expect him to have to pee indoors. But peeing inside the pen area initially, did not interfere with his toilet training at all.
I see someone mentioned Day Care. My trainer runs a Doggy Daycare every weekday & the dogs have someone with them all the time ...I've seen that when I've been there for training. She has little pools, sandpits, ramps, etc set out in the large exercise area, & large indoor area if it rains or is cold ...dogs can run in & out as they please. Each dog has its own crate with personal bedding, for nap times. Small puppies are kept in another area for playing, & in crates in trainer's office for naps ...she toilet trains the puppies throughout the day, & plays with them. If you could find something like this in your area, or on your way to work, perhaps that would work for you, & the pup would have fun & company & training at the same time. Best to get references from people using it. Good luck, whatever you decide upon.
Last edited by Dwyllis; 12-02-2012 at 07:32 PM.