The good thing about the work I'm getting into is very flexible hours. Most places allow you to set your own hours and some work from home. If I have to I'll work later in the day and have pup exercised before work I'll figure it out.
As far as crate training goes....I've never done it. Do they have to spend the night in the crate to be used it for day time? When Clover was young we used to set her up next to our bed at night and close her off in a space. She'd sleep soundly through the night and not pee in her bed. I was hoping to do the same for the new pup but maybe that's confusing for her since she'd be in the crate during the day while no one is home? What do you think is best? I don't like having them in the crate if they don't need to be. Clover was about 1 or a little older before she was trusted in the house with no one home. I used to have a basement that I could block off as a "run" for her while she was in her chew everything phase. She's very well behaved now.
This is the bed area we had for Clover when she was young. She now has a proper (giant) bed in our room where she sleeps at night.
you don't have to use a crate. you've already proved that with Clover.
the good thing about a crate is it becomes "their" place and you can move it around if/when you wish, they don't have to locked in it after being housebroke, you could place in the run area, add some blankets and toys, some will point out other pluses like being comfortable in a crate for boarding or staying overnight at the vet.
at 14 months old Rocky doesn't use his anymore but I'm hopeful if it becomes necessary he won't be terrified of staying in one.
A lot of kennels offer "day care" where you can drop the pup off and pick him up, maybe this would be an option?
Definitely wait till he's a little older though (ask your vet...some point in time after the last round of shots).
Hope this helps... BTW, there are lots of dogs that are in terrible situations in homes where people are home all the time...
ie, chained to a tree, never let in the house, etc. It sounds like you would give this dog all the love he needs!
I work 12 hour days. I left my pups in the kennel outside for the day until they were 3-4 months, then as the weather got colder I moved them into the crate. I make it home for lunch about half the time, the rest of the time my 6 month old pup is crated 10-12 hours during the day. She can hold her bladder about that long and no more so I'm pretty careful to make it home in the evening.
There's plenty of situations that aren't ideal - no one would have a dog if we waited for the "perfect" situation. However, you may find an older dog - many breeders have an extra pup that didn't find a home early on - is better at this point in your life. The first dog I bought after high school was a 9 month old Aussie my Junior year of college. It worked perfectly; any younger of a dog would have been incredibly difficult to manage.
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Thanks. I'm pretty confident I can make it work with a pup. As you said there is no perfect situation. I've actually been putting off this puppy for a few years now because it wasn't the right time. I feel now is as good as it will ever be. I will always be working there is nothing I can do about that. As of right now I have the support of family to help me.