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Hey everyone. I am a dog lover by nature. I grew up with indoor dogs as a child and as soon I got out on my own I began to crave puppy love! :) In college I wanted a dog but I knew with school and working 12 hour shifts it just wouldn't be fair to the pup. So I got a cat. I've now been out of school for 2 years and I am married. My cat is great. We both love her and she is a part of the family.

But 1 week ago I couldn't take it any longer. Luckily my husband works 7-8 hours a day and we felt we would finally be able to get a puppy. Yay!!! So we got a German Shorthaired Pointer/Brittany Spaniel. He is so cute and so far he is the new love of my life. (Don't tell my husband!! haha).

I had been working night shift for a few weeks so someone has always been here with the puppy. We are crate training him and he seems to be doing well. I switch back to day shift this week so Monday will be the first day he is left alone for 8 hours. I'm so worried about him. I know he can't hold his little bladder that long yet. The crate we got him is large since he will be a big dog but right now it has a divider in it to fit his size.

I don't have anyone that can come over and let him out. I was thinking of maybe taking the divider out and putting some newspaper at the other end of the kennel so he won't soil his sleeping area.

Have any of you nurses ever had/have a new puppy? What did you do with it during the work week? I love my pup so much and I am so glad I have him. I'm just worried about his little bladder!! :(

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I have a 3 lb chihuahua, she is now 4 years old, I started by cage training with papers at one end of the crate. Then I learned of litter box training her. For the most part she has been successful, but there are those times. When she makes to the box , just doesn't get in it. I think it is just to show me she is mad I am not there.

Good luck with your dog. Perhaps there is someone in your neighborhood who would be willing to take your dog out . Luckily having a larger dog her bladder will grow in capacity as she gets older.

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I have two dogs. One is a chocolate lab, very loyal and devoted. She is a good girl. The other is half border collie, half Australian shepherd. He a wonderful, intelligent, playful, easygoing boy that loves to try to be helpful and lead the way on walks in the woods. They are both 5 years old and great dogs, and well behaved too!

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I used a crate for my German Shepherd puppy and it actually made toilet training a lot easier and by 4 months was completely house trained. We had no one that could let her out during the day but what we did was made one end for the toilet and it worked. Even now 3 years later she loves her crate and we don't need to use it now as someone is always at home.

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Get the book 'The Art of Raising a Puppy' by the monks of New Skete. They are premier authorities on dog behavior. They also wrote the book 'How to be Your Dog's Best Friend', also a must read.

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Hi,

I've used the crate system but never portioned it off because I found that with young puppies it is more a matter of lack of control rather than willingly soiling their den. Sometimes it seems they don't even realize they are going until its too late. I used chux in the back section although my latest monster shredded the chux so we switched to old towels. Never had a problem actually getting them housetrained with this method. Good luck and congrats on your new baby.

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I have two Minature schnauzers and one is over three and the other is just over one. With the first one we had a multitude of problems as there was no one at the house a lot during the day. We tried the chux like things but he didn't like that but after a while he started getting a better bladder system and could go the 8 or 10 hours that I was at work. Now he is totally potty trained and he never makes a mess even when I have made a mistake and accidently lock him in the bedroom when I am gone for several hours, he will not pee until I let him out. Good boy Maxie

My year old puppy I put her crate in my bathroom so she had a place to sleep and I used the new litter box system that they have for dogs. I think that she used the system at the start but the older dog helped her escape from the bathroom and we found her out in the yard playing the second afternoon and I never worked at potty training anymore. I have a doggy door in my back door and a fence around my yard so they can come and go as they please. I am not really going to like the winter again if we have snow but I have had hardly any messes in my house from either one of them. I was very lucky with Maggie and now I don't worry about either one of them.

Good luck with your little one, dogs are a real joy and they give so much to your life....I don't know what I would do without my two now.

Sonya

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Oh, what a cutie!

We have three dogs but they were all rescues and housebroken when we got them.

Personally, I know a lot of people swear by care training but I hate it. My impulse would be to cordon off the kitchen with a bed and a pile of newspapers for piddling.

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We have a dog flap and what we did intially when we went out was put the dog in the crate up against the dogflap and the dog would come in out of the crate through dog flap into the garden and back into her crate. So she was safe temp wise but could go outside to eat and piddle.

Our dog was house trained by the time she was 3-4 mo0nths old she is now 5-6 months old and we haven't since middle of sept had any accidents from her. we now no longer put her in the crate she just goes in and out of the dog flap. Plus our other dog whom we could never quite get clean is clean too by the use of the dog flap and crate.

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I have an italian greyhound. Phantom has been crate trained since we got him but will still have accidents on occaision; especially when dh forgets to take him out!!

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Well I left the puppy for 12 hours on Wednesday and I think he did okay. I left him in his kennel with the divider removed. I put newspaper on one end and his bedding on the other. When I got home the newspaper had been chewed into 1,000 pieces. I'm sure he peed in the kennel but he didn't poop. Then on Thursday I had to leave him for 8 hours. This time I used an old towel instead of newspaper. When I got home the towel was wound up in a ball and I could tell he had peed on it but once again he hadn't pooped. He survived and doesn't seem too scarred from it all.

He is such a smart little puppy. He is almost completely house trained. I blame his accidents on myself for not taking him out right away. I can count on 1 hand how many times he has peed in the house and he has never pooped in the house.

I definitely don't regret getting a dog and I think he is happy too!!

Thanks for the advice. I'll keep y'all updated.

Oh and I want to add that the dog will rarely be left over 6 hours in the crate. Those two days were just exceptions. That is why I was so worried.

Tiger

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