|Barked: Mon Sep 30, '13 12:52pm PST |
|Hi everyone! We just picked up our adorable new family member this past Saturday! She's doing amazing so far! She's already scratching to go outside to do her business! And she's already sitting on command...I think we have a super puppy!!
Here's what I need help with...
First off, we have a 2 1/2 yr old boy who we've raised from a puppy. I'm a teacher and we got him at the end of June so I was off with him for the summer. We crate trained him, and he got used to spending his days in his crate. This past summer we had a second dog stay with us for a while (while I was home again for the summer). Ever since then our boy decided to grow up and didn't need to be in his crate anymore. YAY! (He used to be a big chewer).
We just knew it was time to get another dog, so we picked out our little girl (knowing I would be home because I hadn't got a job yet)...we put down a deposit, and two days later I got a job an hour away from home. My husband and I commute every day.
We live too far away from our closest family and friends, and have no one that would come let our puppy out during the day. We can't afford day care (I've looked into it) and there are no dog walking services out where we live.
SO! We are going to have to leave her alone all day long with our other dog. We don't expect her to hold it for the entire day (I know she will only last 3 hours) but I'm wondering what situation would be better...
We can crate her and leave half of the crate for a pee pad, but once she grows a little there won't be room for both! The crate is appropriate for her adult size.
The other option we have is to section off our dining room (move the furniture out of it) and leave her in that little area during the day. Our dining room is about 8'x6' and is ceramic floor, so I won't be worried about messes on it.
We could potentially start her in the crate and then move to the dining room once she gets too big?
What are your thoughts on this? What would be best?
I took the day off today to spend with her and get a little further with her training but I have to go back to work tomorrow.
I know our situation isn't ideal...but I was expecting to be working only part time near home where I could run home on breaks, but I ended up landing a full time job an hour away that I couldn't turn down.
And before anyone says we should have went the rescue route and got an older dog....we tried that and had our hearts broken.
But, we aren't the only people who have got a puppy that work full time, so it can be done!
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