Getting a new puppy is a very exciting time, but it can also be extremely stressful. Puppies require a lot of attention, training, and care. It is even more difficult when you have to spend days at work, you have another pet, or you have children in the house.
From potty to crate training, there is so much work that needs to be put into a puppy to ensure that it becomes a well-behaved adult dog. Raising a puppy requires time, energy, and patience, but even people with other commitments can raise happy, healthy, well-behaved dogs without sacrificing time away from work or family. DryPet has some advice for busy puppy parents.
Create a Puppy-Safe Space
Young puppies can’t hold their bladders—and they have small bladders—like adult dogs can, and that makes crate training an impossible goal for a young puppy. Since your new puppy won’t want to sit in its own mess all day, and you really won’t want to come home to a soiled puppy, you shouldn’t keep your puppy in a kennel while you are at work.
It isn’t a good idea to give your puppy free reign of your home either. Instead, puppy proof a room in your home that you can easily close off. Pick up anything that could be harmful to your puppy or that it could tear up, and lay down pee pads for any accidents. Leave your puppy a couple toys and a cozy place to sleep.
We highly recommend that you pick a room without carpet, so you can easily clean up any messes that don’t make it to the potty pads, and we suggest a puppy pen. A puppy pen will decrease the amount of space your dog has to roam around, which means that it won’t be able to destroy your furniture or terrorize other parts of your home. Pens are large enough that your puppy will have extra room to play, however.
Get the Help You Need
When puppies are really small, they can’t be left alone for long periods of time without an accident or tearing things up. If you’ve tried potty pads, and that didn’t work, consider hiring someone to drop in a few times a day to take the puppy out and make sure it isn’t getting into trouble.
Two or three little visits a day from a puppy caregiver can allow your puppy the chance to relieve itself, and will hopefully prevent accidents in the house. Preventing accidents can also help you when it comes to house training your puppy.
Get the Kids Involved
It can seem like a zoo when you have both a puppy and children to take care of, but if you children are old enough, let them help with caring for the pup. Even if it isn’t always more convenient, letting children help raise the puppy not only helps them bond with the animal, but it also teaches them responsibility and compassion.
Kids can help feed and play with the new puppy. It is beneficial to have your kids help in any way that they can. Older children can assist in walking the puppy and taking it outside for potty breaks.
Remember that everything takes time. Your puppy probably won’t be housebroken in just a few days. You are going to need to work on things at a pace that works for your puppy. Use treats to reward your puppy when it goes to the bathroom outside. Praise your puppy when you get home after a couple hours and there hasn’t been an accident.
Too much training all at once will make your puppy lose interest. When you are working on basic commands, you need to understand that puppies have a short attention span. Instead of doing one long session a day, take 10 minutes three different times a day, and do training in short bursts. After training, take a few minutes to play with your puppy. If you have a hyperactive puppy, play before training, as well.
As long as you are willing to love and care for a new puppy, it will grow up to be a happy dog. These tips will help you get through the first few months of puppy parenting, and in the end, you and your new puppy will be so glad you have each other, regardless of how long you are gone at work everyday.