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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 discovered that I couldn't do it. I work from home, so I thought it would be a breeze to train my two. The problem is, I'm actually working - I get too engrossed in what I'm doing to realize they're about to potty in their pen. I also found that I didn't have the time nor patience to work on their training in the evenings. That's when I wanted to snuggle and play with them! In short, training wasn't going well for me and it was all my fault.

My solution may seem extreme, but train and board was my only hope. I took them to a well respected trainer in my area where they'll stay for 2 weeks. He teaches housetraining, loose leash walking, sit, down, and a few other things. I miss them terribly, but I know it's best for all of us.

ETA: There are follow up training sessions that I have to participate in for 3 weeks after their boarding ends, plus "homework". I just didn't want to give the impression that there's no effort at all on the owner's part.
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