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Old 07-15-2009, 02:46 PM
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So, DH and I are considering getting a puppy. We have a house with a backyard, we're responsible, etc. My question is...how difficult is it to potty train a puppy while both owners work full time? Advice?

The puppies were just born, so they won't be ready to come home for 8 weeks. Any name ideas?




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Old 07-15-2009, 02:51 PM
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Cute puppies!

From what I know, a puppy can't (and shouldn't) "hold it" for an entire workday. Everyone I know who has had puppies always had to go home at some point during the day to feed the puppy, let it out, play with it, etc. I had a co-worker who did this for 2 years

If one of you guys can't do that, you should look into hiring someone to do it, or asking a neighbor to do it.
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:51 PM
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Oh my gosh...they are ADORABLE!

Puppy training isn't difficult but it requires you to be consistent in what you do EVERY time they go potty in the house. You said you both work full time, so whether or not it's a good idea for you would really depend on how many hours you'll be spending away from the house. Puppies especially don't like being left at home for long periods of time, and this can lead to increased incidents of them pottying in the house (on accident). My advice is to crate-train your dog if you decide to get one, and while they are still young you keep them in the crate when you both are at work. This teaches them that if they are going to be staying in a small confined space for a while, they won't want to pee right there cuz they have to live in it

Also, my advice to anyone getting a puppy is to take it to puppy school! Nobody likes a misbehaved dog, and puppy school can teach you exactly how to train your dog properly (instead of half-assing it like some of my friends do, and then complaining that their dogs don't listen lol).

Let me know if you need anymore advice; I've had dogs my whole life and love them to death
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:52 PM
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Lulz -- you're not taking all 8 of them are you?

Very precious -- how about Goldie? Or you can wait to see the puppy's personality to name him or her.

As far a potty training, I worked PT when we had our GSD as a puppy, so I never left him alone all day. I also came home at lunch to walk him.
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:57 PM
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First of all those are cutest little puppies ever!!

I don't think it is a good idea to adopt a puppy if you aren't able to let it out to potty or make arrangements for that to happen. If I can't let my dog out at lunch time I have my mother walk her for me.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:06 PM
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Nope, not all of them! Just one, possibly.

These are good things to consider! We do have a way for the dog to get outside while we're gone, but I guess if they are a puppy they might not know they should be going outside.

I will ask around to see if any of our neighbors could let him/her out and play with him/her for a little bit during the day.

If not, we may have to wait until we work closer to home. We both have 25+ minute drives to work, so unfortunately we can't come home during lunch.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:53 PM
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I got one of my dogs as a young puppy and the other one at 1 year old from a rescue.

For the puppy: I came home every two hours to let him out. I also woke up every few hours to let him out. Letting him out every couple of hours was the way he understood that he needed to ring his bell to tell us he needed to go potty. If we had not been able to be there that often, he would have had accidents all of the time and wouldn't have known what we were trying to teach him.

My 1-year-old rescue: She was super-easy to transition into our household and was very sweet. Most rescues are kept at a foster home that helps acclimate them having good manners. My dog did not come from a foster home, but was still verrry easy to train. I think it took 2 accidents for her to understand what we were teaching her.

Anyway, if you work full time, maybe hiring someone to come in every couple of hours would work. Also, maybe a rescue would be a good option. There are breed-specific rescues in most areas so you could hook up with a golden retriever rescue to find a dog who would be right for your lifestyle.

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Old 07-15-2009, 04:01 PM
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You can't put up pictures like that. It distracts people from the question. So cute!!
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:27 PM
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:32 PM
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you cannot leave a puppy alone home all day until it at least has some thing that resembles house training.

otherwise one of the two will happen on a daily basis:
1) the puppy will be in a crate and shit and piss everywhere. subsequently, these materials will get all over the puppy.
2) the puppy will be roaming the house and shit and piss all over the house. this is the better option, since cleaning shit and piss from fur is quite difficult.
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:52 PM
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If it were me, I wouldn't want to have any dog at home if everyone in the home is working full time. My husband and I are in the same situation and because of this we'll never adopt any dogs since we aren't home enough to keep him company. We do have cats though and even they at times will get destructive if we go on a string of days where we're hardly home at all.
Just my opinion of course.
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Old 07-15-2009, 04:56 PM
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You should adopt a dog that is already potty trained. That's what I do. It's awesome.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:56 AM
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First, those puppies are absolutely ADORABLE!!

Not to be totally negative, but I personally think puppies shouldn't go until they are 12 weeks and honestly, if you both work all day and there is no way you can come home during the day (several times for the first little while) then I would truly recommend waiting to get a dog. Puppies are A LOT of work and really require a ton of attention. They are absolutely adorable *but* I kind of recommend waiting.

If you are really wanting a dog now, I'd definitely take Shelley's advice and adopt an older dog (already house broken) but even an older dog will need lots of attention.
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I agree with what everyone has said. I prefer to adopt adult dogs, but my husband really wanted a puppy last year so we got a dachshund. I was lucky enough to have a job where I brought her with me for the first month or so. After that, my husband came home 3 or 4 times a day (he worked a half a mile away). Puppies cannot hold it for more than a few hours and it is really not good for them to be left alone for long periods of time. I have had wonderful experiences adopting adult dogs. My 2 pugs are rescues and one was already house trained, the other I adopted at a year and housetrained him in about a week.
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i don't have any advice to give, but the puppies are absolutely frickin ADORABLEEEEE
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I love puppies! Those are so cute. When first getting any kind of puppy, whether you're home or not, it will be tough to potty train them at first. They probably won't catch right away. You can crate them, but thats a long time to be crated while you're at work and they'll more than likely do their business in there anyways. You're just going to have to endure the first month or so of cleaning up after them. Goldens have tons of energy so you have to make sure you get the right dog for you. I've seen many people who get high energy dog and just keep them in the house. Thats when dogs get destructive then start to chew up your furniture and shoes. I still remember when Baron was just a puppy not that long ago.

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I love puppies! Those are so cute. When first getting any kind of puppy, whether you're home or not, it will be tough to potty train them at first. They probably won't catch right away. You can crate them, but thats a long time to be crated while you're at work and they'll more than likely do their business in there anyways. You're just going to have to endure the first month or so of cleaning up after them. Goldens have tons of energy so you have to make sure you get the right dog for you. I've seen many people who get high energy dog and just keep them in the house. Thats when dogs get destructive then start to chew up your furniture and shoes. I still remember when Baron was just a puppy not that long ago.


CUTE!! Puppies are adorable and fun but if you are super busy and cant devote a lot of time, a shelter dog who needs a home and is trained would probably be your best bet like the others above said.
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sorry, don't have advice but the puppies are cute
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perhaps the abundance of cute puppies will somehow save this thread from the trainwreck it is headed for.
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I love puppies! Those are so cute. When first getting any kind of puppy, whether you're home or not, it will be tough to potty train them at first. They probably won't catch right away. You can crate them, but thats a long time to be crated while you're at work and they'll more than likely do their business in there anyways. You're just going to have to endure the first month or so of cleaning up after them. Goldens have tons of energy so you have to make sure you get the right dog for you. I've seen many people who get high energy dog and just keep them in the house. Thats when dogs get destructive then start to chew up your furniture and shoes. I still remember when Baron was just a puppy not that long ago.

Oh my...this is so cute!!!

I think we are going to wait since we can't devote the time needed to raise a puppy right now. The only option we would really have is to have the people who we are buying the dog from keep it longer for us, but I'm not sure if they would be willing to do that or not.

We are leery of a shelter rescue because we adopted a dog previously that turned out to be very violent. It would growl and children when we walked it, and it ended up biting me several times, once in the face. When we called the shelter to ask them about it, they said "we're not surprised, that dog has violent tendencies". Clearly something they should have mentioned to us prior to adopting the dog.
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perhaps the abundance of cute puppies will somehow save this thread from the trainwreck it is headed for.
Why is this thread headed for a trainwreck? Everyone is making really good points. I have never raised a dog from a puppy before, and was honestly looking for advice. It sounds like it may not be the best scenario for us right now. Cute as they are, I'm a very rational person and don't want to get in over my head, or put a puppy in a situation that wouldn't be good for it.
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^ I totally agree!
I'm not sure why it ALWAYS has to be assumed that every single frickin' pet/animal thread is headed for destruction (i.e. a trainwreck).
I think everyone made very good points and the OP is obviously very open to the suggestions and is just trying to make a good decision.
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HOW ADORABLE!!!!!

that said, a puppy is really almost like a baby. IMO its nearly impossible to raise a brand new puppy when both work full time! we were lucky when we were raising tino cuz i work nights and bf works days.. but my honest opinion, u need a great deal of time cuz they need CONSTANT supervision and attention and training...
one 3 month old puppy i had happened to have a freak tragic fatal accident when i took my eyes off him for only 10 minutes. he bit an electrical wire. and i was so careful and thought everything was puppy proofed.. so im very scarred and maybe overly cautious. my story is rare - but it devastated me and i never want that to happen to anyone else ever...
new puppies are a full time endeavor...
and just when u think u got em trained and theyre the smartest pup ever, they hit 4-5 months and they become biting, crazy little terrors! its really demanding but so worth the time. then when they reach 'adolescence', they get crazy all over again.... my tino is 2 yrs and STILL a puppy. and Labs are notoriously mischevious and high energy.
so just be prepared ;) get all the advice and research u can, and id really advise taking at least the first week off of work if u can...

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