Working From Home With A New Puppy

You have a new puppy and you have the luxury of being able to work from home.  You may be wondering, “How am I going to get any work done with this puppy around?” Being able to work from home with a new puppy is the perfect scenario for your puppy, but maybe not for you.  There will be many interruptions with potty breaks, meals and playtime.  So how do you balance it all?

First, I would suggest crate training.  Whenever you are not able to focus on your puppy 100%, it should be in a crate.  This will help potty training and saving your carpet from urine stains.

Second, when your puppy isn’t in it’s crate, try tether training.  Tether training is when you put a leash on your puppy and tie them to you.  #1, this will help in those instances where you take your eye off the puppy.  You will still know exactly where it is and won’t give puppy the opportunity to leave the room and piddle somewhere.

Third, have lots of distractions for the puppy.  Toys to play with, treats to chew on, etc.

Lastly, be sure to schedule a potty break for your puppy every 20 minutes.  This plays along with potty training.

It’s going to be difficult, but consistency is key to having a well behaved puppy and getting some work done.  Soon enough puppy will get into a routine which will make things easier for you.

If it becomes too much or if you have a scheduled meeting or conference call and you need your puppy to be on it’s BEST behavior, taking them for a walk (after they’ve had all their shots) will help wear them out long enough for you to be on that call or leave your home office for a meeting.  You can always enlist help from family members or a pet sitter.  A good walk in the morning and some afternoon playtime will do wonders for getting some real work done.

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