|Barked: Tue Aug 29, '06 7:18am PST |
|I acutally was just in a very similar situation with Osita, so I'll let you know what I did. I was home with Osita during the day for about a week after we got her. I work during the day and so does my boyfriend, and I also go to school full time so we had to come up with a solution for our little girl. Osita is doing very well with potty training with an occasional accident. She sleeps in her crate all night every night without ANY accidents, EVER.
Despite this, I didn't want to put her in her crate during the day because I know that she won't be able to hold it, so instead I put up a gate to keep her in the kitchen during the day with ample food and water (as poms often have issues with hypoglycemia as puppies, she needs to have constant access to food for a couple more weeks). Her crate is also in the kitchen with its door open, and plenty of toys inside. I also placed a wee wee pad in the kitchen, and sometimes she goes on it, sometimes she doesn't. (She tries ) I have a six hour break from school on Monday and Wednesday, so she's only alone from 6:45-9:00 and from 2:30-4:30. On Tuesday Thursday, and Friday, my boyfriend comes home on his lunch to let her outside, so she's only alone from 6:45-11:00ish and from 12-3. So therefore, there's really only 3 days where she's by herself for the majority of the day.
This works for us. She's having progressively fewer accidents, and she has our kitty to keep her company and she's not destructive or yappy. I was really concerned about leaving her alone when I got her, so I made sure that she wouldn't be alone for more than 4 hours at a time.
It is definitely NOT okay to put your puppy in a crate for 10 hours a day. You have to make sure your puppy feels safe in its crate before you leave it in there (which means introducing it slowly, not just throwing them in), and if he's crated at night, it's not a good idea to crate them all day because it's just too much time closed up in there. That's why I went with the gate - she can run around and play but she's confined to an area I can easily clean.
My advice: try to get someone that can come home at some point and let the puppy outside, and make sure that your crating schedule isn't excessive. If you've going to have him in there all day, make sure he's not crated at night, or vice versa.
Hope this helps!
- Osita's mama
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