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A puppy when you work full-time?

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Hello everyone,

Im not a new dog owner as I currently have a female Corgi, but I got her when she was 6 so she was already trained and house broken and everything. Im hoping to get a puppy within the next few months but it will be my first time with a puppy. My main question is, how do you guys do it- with potty training and everything, when you work out of the home. I work 5 days a week so Im not sure how I would work it out with trying to raise a puppy. Any ideas would be great.

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I don't know what your situation is, but I'd like to throw in my two cents with this:

First off, most people work full time. If you didn't work full time, you couldn't afford to live, right? That's the same boat I'm in.

I don't know how people who don't work full time can afford dogs, but I also know that everyone's situation is different.

Most people also don't get to work from home. If you do, you're very lucky and I'm jealous!!

Anyway, where there's a will there's a way in regards to puppy raising.

1) Hire a bonded dog walker
2) Doggy day care
3) Come home several times during the day
4) Have good friends come and check on the puppy

When I get a puppy, I'm going to utilize all of these options.

However, I am also not doing this alone. I have a dedicated partner with a good, flexible job who will also be assisting in this endevor, plus we have good friends who live VERY close to us and who own their own business and work from home.

PLUS, we currently have a dog right now who is older and very settled. So, it's not like the puppy will be in a one dog house hold.

People may say it's not ideal, but I think it's a great way to socialize the dog while its younger.

YOu'll also want to make sure that you get into a puppy preschool ASAP so that you bond with your puppy and learn how to train it from a very early age.

I also suggest going as far as beginner obdedience and agility.

If you are willing to be a very active puppy owner, y ou can make it work. But, you have to realize that your free time will be puppy-time.
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