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.
We get a lot of calls from clients with new puppies. The typical call is from someone who has recently gotten a new puppy and after having it for several weeks starts to feel guilty about leaving it home by itself and would like someone to come over in the middle of the day to let them out to go potty and give them some love and attention. When we are contracted to play with puppies, this is what our goal is when we are ready to leave:
This is success to us! Below are some of the ways we entertain puppies to obtain the above result:
Chase – We have the puppy chase us around the house or in the backyard.
Play with Toys – Any toys the puppy shows interest in we play with! Throwing them so the puppy wants to chase it, letting the puppy chew on it, etc.
Find it – We will use food (typically kibble, whatever the puppy is eating, since they should be eating 3 times per day) and hide it around the house or yard so they have to use their nose to find the kibble.