Praise, Praise, and More Praise
When a puppy realizes they get a reward simply for relieving themselves, they’ll start to save up their pee in order to ‘spend’ it for a treat.
Don’t put your pup in the garden and leave them alone. A puppy is easily distracted and will probably play with a leaf rather than concentrate on the job. Make sure they are focused by staying with the pup and only letting them play AFTER they go.
When a puppy has an accident in the wrong place, never smack or rub their face in it. This makes toilet training harder, not easier, as a puppy learns you have an irrational dislike of their bodily function.
Clean up spills with a good deodorizing cleaner. This removes scent markers that might draw the puppy back to the same spot.
Raising a puppy when you work full time is tough, but you will find a way.
Plan ahead, ask for help, and use Petcube to raise a puppy through those demanding early days. The reward is a well-adjusted adult dog with a wagging tail to welcome you home at the end of a long day.
Plus, you can always have a peace of mind for your pup in case of a critical medical emergency. Petcube has got you covered for that as well. Woofs to happy puppies! Share this Article
Good Things Happen in the Crate
Hide treats in the crate and let the puppy find them. Put great toys in the crate. Feed the puppy in the crate (with the door open).
The idea is that the puppy will begin to link the crate to good things.
Only once they’re popping in on their own accord, can you close the door briefly, praise your pup, and then open the door.
Feed your puppy in the crate and briefly close the door. Praise their calm behavior and then open the door.
Gradually extend the length of time the door is closed. Be sure to tell your pup how clever they are for remaining calm.
And here’s the thing… only open the door when they are calm and quiet. This rewards their good behavior, rather than crying.
With your puppy in the closed crate, leave the room for a few seconds. Only return when they are quiet and then let them out and give lots of praise.
Remember, returning or letting a puppy out when they’re crying, rewards bad behavior and tells them that crying gets them what they want. Don’t go there!
Well done! You now have a crate-trained puppy.
Crate training a puppy while at work is great for many reasons:
Raising a Puppy While Working: Getting Help
Let’s say your bundle of fun is 8-weeks old. They need toilet breaks at least every three hours (for more options see the Toilet Training section.) Somehow they need walks outside for potty training and a game to amuse them.
Your options include:
Let’s say your amazing neighbors are happy to help. And to plug the gap a dog walker calls in. But this still means leaving the puppy alone for some of the days. What about when you’re not there? How do you keep your puppy happy?
People have strong opinions about whether raising a puppy while working full time is fair to the dog. Moreover, raising a puppy in an apartment! Their main objection is that puppies need companionship and plenty of play. Of course, it fills you with sadness to think your pup might miss out, so what to do with a dog while at work?
Rule #1 is to leave the puppy pleasantly tired. This means plenty of play before heading out to work. Leave a puppy tired and they’ll snooze through their first comfort break. Problem one sorted!
Rule #2 is to give the puppy plenty to occupy them in-between visits. As well as the friend playing with the puppy, have a variety of toys and games pre-prepared for them to pop in with your pup when they leave.
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Puppies have different needs depending on their age. After those intense first few weeks, things ease off. A combination of planning, friends, and paid help will certainly be a great support for you.
And the good news is, put the effort in early on and you’ll have a settled adult dog who copes just fine while you’re at work.