Before we explore how to potty train a puppy while at work, I want to remind you that unless you have the spare time to give to a puppy then perhaps it’s not the right time to get a dog.
I’m not trying to say because you have a job, you shouldn’t have a dog. All I’m trying to say is make sure you have enough hours in the day to make your new pet a part of your life. You should check out our discussion on whether you are ready for a new dog, it should give you a good idea on what to consider when getting a new dog.
potty training a puppy while working
Learning how to potty train a puppy when you work is much like potty training a puppy at night. You need to preempt your puppies needs and, especially, his or her poor bladder control. No matter how well trained your young puppy is, for the first few months there is going to be accidents, and you’ll come home from work to clean up the rug. There are a few things you can do to make it easier on yourself.
First of all, young puppies need to go to the potty often after eating or drinking. You should leave at least some fresh water for your pup while you are gone for a few hours throughout the day but carefully timing (not skipping!) your puppies feeding times can make it easier. Get up earlier in the morning by at least half an hour or so (yes, you won’t like it, but it’s better than buying a new rug), so you can feed your puppy. Then start preparing yourself for work and take your puppy to the potty spot for a usual potty routine.
Now, this is a little beyond the scope of potty training a puppy, but when it comes to feeding a puppy immediately before and after leaving the house, you may unwittingly train your young pup to worry about members of the household when they are not home. Such behavior can be avoided by paying no attention to the pup for a minute or two before and after leaving and reentering the house. If you don’t make a big deal of leaving home, why should they?
You’re limited to what accidents you can afford, so the next part when looking at how to potty train a puppy when you work is limiting your puppies exposure to the household. Many people give their dogs free reign to the household they are in. With a house trained dog you can leave him free reign even when you are out. But when it comes to a curious puppy with a weak bladder, you want to limit what they can get into to avoid hurting themselves and damaging the household.
Now paper training or cage training is an option if you do it, but I don’t think you need to go that far. Neither is a cruel practice (although cage training sounds mean because of the name itself) unless you want to stick with these methods you are teaching your puppy wrong habits which you will need to refrain from in near future anyway. When I first considered how to potty train a puppy while at work I closed off all but three rooms. I gave access to the kitchen, hall and guest room because they had tiling or wooden floors. Doing so made it easy to clean in case of accidents while still giving the puppy reasonably free roam over the household when it was at work.
Keep in mind your puppy will usually stress when first left alone, so if nobody else is in the house make sure you give your puppy short periods of being alone (extending them longer and longer) before leaving for
You may want to read a full guide on potty training a puppy.