Can you have a puppy and work 9 5? Surprising Answer

Working from home with your dog

It’s great if you work for a dog-friendly employer but what if you don’t? Maybe you’re one of the 1.54 million people who work from home – a figure that has almost doubled in the last decade. Homeworking is a great solution for juggling work and caring for a new puppy. However, it’s not always that simple. Dogs and Zoom conference calls or Google Hangouts don’t always go that well together. Some careful planning of your day to give your dog the attention they need but also enough quiet time for you to be able to do your job will be required.

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  • What to do with a puppy while at work

    If you can’t work from home or take your dog to work with you, what do you do with a puppy while at work?

    Puppies need constant care in the early months, something that new dog owners often don’t realise and then try to leave their puppy alone too soon. This can be really distressing for a young puppy who is too young to be separated from their carer. It’s also important to be consistent with your puppy’s toilet training to help them learn and establish a good routine. This would be hard to do without closely supervising your puppy until they are fully house trained.

    Eventually, you will be able to leave your dog alone at home for short periods of time. Until then, here are some options for puppy care while you’re at work:

  • Ask a family member – a willing grand pup-parent perhaps – or a friend to puppy sit while you’re at work.
  • Employ a professional pet sitter. They can come to your house during the day and keep your puppy company.
  • Find good doggy daycare. After your puppy’s vaccinations (usually around 12 weeks old) they can go and have fun with other pups at doggy daycare.
  • Can I have a puppy and work full time?

    Raising a puppy when you work full time is possible, but it requires commitment and the chances are you are going to need some help. Puppies don’t stay puppies for long. But while they are little, they need a lot of attention. They need companionship, frequent meals and potty training.

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