Another Puppy question

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Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum.
My question is-How can a puppy be left alone while we are at work? I know a puppy needs to be let out about every 2 hours for potty. How long can they stay in their crates? I was wondering how everyone else is doing it. I know, now a days both spouse's work and kids are at school. How is this problem conquered? Just want everything right before I decide to get a Dobe. As for neighbors or friend's coming over, most likely won't be possible.

Thanks in advance!

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Being single, and living out in the country most of the time, I have faced that problem will all but my youngest, Princess.

I would get up in the morning, feed and water the pup and then make sure they went outside afterward. I always used a crate for the dog during the day, but one that was sized more for their adult size than the puppy size. This gave them room to pee if they had to. Coupled with plenty of old towels, they had room to go, and room to stay dry.

It does not take long before they go all day. I would then make sure that they got fed and watered immediately after I got home (after a potty break outside) and again before I went to bed. I was washing every night for a while.

Also depending on your location, leaving them outside during the day with food, water and shelter helps. It does not have to be a fancy dog house, just shelter if it rains and shade when it's sunny. My first doghouse for my Dobes was 4' x 4' base and a sloped top with a 2' overhang. The front was situated so it faced the East (weather usually came from the West and was under a tree so that when it did rain, the water came straight down and not angled into the dog house.

Some also leave a dog bed in the kitchen or bathroom (with hard surface floors) and piddle pads so the dog has somewhere to go. You come home, dispose of the piddle pad and clean the floor area, and go on.

What ever method you decide, just make sure the pup has the opportunity to go and stay dry and clean. You may find yourself cleaning up a lot, but in a matter of months you will find yourself cleaning up less and less, and by the time the pup is six months old, rarely. I don't think you can expect the dog to go all day every day without going until they are about a year old. But, remember to give them a potty break before you go and make sure they go. This means getting up a little earlier than before. But it is worth it.

I still put the dogs out and feed them before I feed myself in the morning - and I've been retired a year now. When I'm finished, they all get a run outside. When the pup is very young, 5 minutes after they have eaten they will go, outside or inside - your choice. So be ready. This changes when they are about 4 months old, but they still need a morning potty break before you go to work.

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I do work full time, and when I first brought Snoopy home I would feed in the morning when I woke up, then let him outside then crate him when I went to work 7:30am.  Then when my son got out of school at 11:00 I would have him go over the house and let him outside and refill his dishes with food and water before he was to go to the babysitters house he is 6 and pretty self sufficient so I did not have to worry.  Snoopy did not cause much damage to my property other than the chewing of the flower pots or digging the garden.  That is to be expected though.  I figured he was not too much trouble in the back yard while I went to work.  Now I just feed him before I leave for work and let him run the backyard all day,  we have a huge back yard so sometimes by the time I get home and get ready to take him for a walk he has already gotten plenty of exercise. I still do not trust him to be in the house all day without my wife or I there with him.   Come winter time though something else will have to be figured out, as dobies do not do well in the cold, as for any dog should not be left outside in the winter, but Dobies especially. 

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I would think about starting crate training. Mine are in their crates right now sound asleep for I was getting a shower and a bite before leaving the house. They will go outside before I leave and then they will be in the crate until I return in a few hours after a Dentist visit. At night they are in their crates in separate rooms.

Down here in S. Georgia it's just too hot to leave them outside during the day. They come in after an hour and drain the 5 qt water bowl. In the winter it's milder, but it still gets bad on occasion.

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Thanks for all the input.
Well...yesterday I brought my new baby home.
She is 3 months, red female. She is going to be pretty big. Mom was 90 lbs and dad was 75 lbs.
I will try and get some pics soon. Her ears were cropped about a week ago. I will be taking her to the vet this Friday to get the stitches out. From what I understand, they will not tape the years for a week after that. I will then take her back for the taping.
She does need a bath, however since her ears are exposed, I am a Little worried about getting water in them. Should I just completely avoid the head area?

I only got 2 hrs of sleep last night. I have her in a crate and she doesn't like it one bit, even after placing her toys and treats inside. It was a long night. After she ate last night, I took her out 15 minutes later and no poop. 20 minutes later, again no poop. Finally when I took her out at 2:45 am she pooped.
Even though I had been reading up on the care and what to expect with a puppy...you think to yourself "How am I going to be able to do this?"

comments, suggestions....

Thanks again all.

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The first night is always the worst for a new puppy, especially if they are the first or among the first to leave the litter. They are not used to sleeping alone. I was very fortunate when I picked up Princess as the was the next to last to leave (a long trip between midwest snow storms to get her and bring her to S. Georgia).

You may find yourself this evening when you get home taking a long nap after you feed her and put out to do her business. When she settles down to take a nap, so should you. She will disturb your evenings and early early morning hours for a while. Fortunately it will only be days or weeks not months as with a human baby. Since she's already approximately 12 weeks old, it shouldn't be long.

Be sure to put everything that is chewable that you don't want chewed above the 4' level. It won't be long before she'll be counter surfing in the kitchen, but that too passes after she learns that Alpha does not permit it.

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The breeder I bought the puppy from had two litters at the same time, same sire and two dams. Out of 18 total, mine was the second to last to leave. I have my two daughters with me 8 and 6, so I am not sure if I will get a chance to nap.
When she out and about in the house, we watch her like a hawk. We have new furniture, try o prevent any accidents.

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While she is in the prime chewing stage, you might want to put some barricades in front of vulnerable furniture. My wooden coffee table has survived the puppy hood of three Dobies because it and the matching wooden coffee tables have been barricaded with flattened boxes. It's not very decorative, but for the six months or so they are most at risk, it's been worth it.

You have an advantage with your daughters. Just make it a game with them. Let them pick up on when the pup needs to go out and let them go out with her. (Don't let them try to pick her up).

For the nap, your right, that may not be possible, so an alternative would be once the daughters are in bed, and the pup is asleep slip off to bed early. Look on the bright side, you won't have to feed her every two hours. I'm single and never been around new babies, but a lot of friends of mine have told me the tales.