Unfortunately we do not have someone home all day, is it ok to leave the puppy in a safe room with lots of toys and his crate (crate open), with some newspaper in case he has to go.
Sometimes this can be for up to 3-4 hours. Is this detrimental to him at this stage (8 weeks)?
I am probably being paranoid.
I would keep him in his crate (with the door shut), and a divider to make sure he doesn't have too much room. If you give him too much room in the crate he will go to the bathroom in there, and I wouldn't want to start that habit. You want the crate to be just big enough that he can stand, and turn around. Dogs won't go to the bathroom where they sleep, so this really helps with house training and teaches him to hold it. I also wouldn't leave him unsupervised with toys. They can easily come apart and become a choking or obstruction hazard.
I would love to see pictures of him!
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
I would keep him crated, with the divider, as previously mentioned. Bored puppy + a whole room to occupy = chewed up, pooped/peed on stuff.
Make sure that Charlie gets used to his crate (does he sleep there?) and slowly increase the time that you leave him crated. Crate him for 30 minutes when you're at home, ignore him if he whines/cries. Let him out when he's quiet. Slowly increase it from that and make sure he has stuff to do in his crate when you're gone... frozen Kongs, etc. I would advise not to give him rawhides or anything he can potentially choke on.
What they said. In the crate with the door shut will help him learn to hold his bladder. The older he gets, the longer he can hold it.
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OMG he's adorable! I just want to snatch him up! I'd get him in the crate now. I think the longer you wait the harder it will be. Do you put him in there at night?
Charlie is adorable.
He is beautiful!!!!!
Like the others said, you should crate him. Make it a positive experience for him right away. Feed him in there, door closed, but then let him right out when he's done. Buy a Kong and put some plain yogurt in it, cover the ends with lowfat peanut butter and freeze it overnight. Give it to him in the crate before you leave.
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