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Old 08-21-2013, 01:06 PM
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Default Is it possible to adopt a 9 month old puppy and work full time?

Hello! So I wanted some advice from everyone.

I work full time. I usually can work from home 1 and sometimes 2 days a week. I am gone from a little after 8am until 5pm. I have been thinking of adopting a dog for a while. I've always had dogs growing up, but never had one of my own as a young professional. I wanted to adopt a dog that was at least a year old, maybe around 2, so it was fully housebroken and trained. I live in an apartment, so I also wanted to adopt a small dog. I've been looking for a while and found a sweet little chihuahua mix that is so cute and perfect personality (especially to get along with my cat) for my lifestyle. Only problem is the dog is only 9 months old...younger than I had planned. He is crate trained, but the rescue told me he still needs work on being house broken because he still has some accidents.

I've never had to house train a dog because we've always adopted older dogs. So, is this even possible to finish his house training when I am working 3-4 days a week? I have contacted a local dog walker and they can do walks 1-2 times a day. I would rather only pay for 1 walk a day and would hope to only have this for a few weeks. Would this work to get him fully housebroken? A walk at 8am...one walk by a dog walker around 1pm...and walking him right when I get home 5/5:30pm? I would plan on using the dog walker daily for 2 weeks and then I would switch him to maybe only a dogwalker 3x a week. Will that help with potty training? And during the time while I am at work, will he be okay in the crate since he is crate trained? I hope that once he is fully trained and I can trust him, that I can leave him in full roam of the house.

Any advice or input would be awesome. I am just trying to get as much information before I make this decision. I don't want to make a decision that would be unfair to the dog or to myself (or my cat!).

Thank you.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:30 PM
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I brought home a 13 week old puppy and worked full time. He was actually easier to potty-train, and potty-trained faster, than when I brought home my previous puppy when my mom worked from home and I worked 3/4-time.

I wouldn't be concerned about it. People do it all the time. If you can have a dog walker come and let him out about halfway through the day to potty, it will make it easier on his bladder, but certainly people don't always do that!
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:30 PM
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I house broke an 8 week old puppy and worked full time....

Its just a bit messier during the day, but I left newspaper down...
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:52 PM
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Totally possible. I almost always have a board and train or young foster around and I work 5 jobs more than full time.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:55 PM
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Definitely possible. At nine months old, it's not that a pup CAN'T hold it, it's just that they don't.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:21 PM
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I work full time and Abrams isn't even five months old yet. When he was an itty baby puppy I was super, SUPER glad Mike was around to "babysit" during the day, because otherwise it would have been a nightmare. As it is now, he is in his crate while I'm a work and my friend stops by over her lunch hour for him to go potty. (And days she can't, he comes to work with me, because there is no way I'm making him hold it for 10 hours straight). Haven't had a single issue. If anything, it is when I'm home that he has accidents. He'll hold it in the crate forever, yet still doesn't seem to be able to extend the same bladder control to when he's loose in the house (Mr. I will pee by the door even though you just let me out 15 minutes ago.)
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:28 AM
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I work full time, and I've had Lil' Sis since she was about seven weeks old. Granted, I also have momma doggy and her brother, Vader, was with us as well until he was 9 weeks.

I used Ian Dunbar's approach to housebreaking a puppy, and things worked out just fine.

Lil' Sis is five months old right now and we haven't had an accident in the house for probably a month and a half at least.

She also crate trained really easily.

So, take heart. It's not so daunting as it sounds. Just prepare yourself mentally and decide the best approach for you and be consistant.

To set yourself up for success, think about getting yourself and the dog on a set schedule with fixed meal times. (Although, I do free feed the puppy and I've never had a problem) That way, the dog will eliminate on a schedule that will work with yours.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:42 AM
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I've acquired every dog I've ever had in my adult life while working full time. They have all done fine.
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