Caring For a Puppy When You Have to Work

Pet Care

Once you adopt a puppy, you’ll need to figure out what your little guy is going to do while you’re at work.

Working with a puppy can be a stressful period for both of you. What if you don’t have someone to watch them while you’re at work or you don’t work for a company that allows your puppy to join you?

We have four great options to make your puppy comfortable and safe while you’re away.


  • Give Your Puppy an Adjustment Period


Puppies are pack animals and are used to being with mom, littermates, then you. When you know the time is coming for them to be alone, make this adjustment as easy on them as possible.  

Leave your puppy alone for short periods of time (minutes), and work your way up to about ninety minutes. Do this over a week or more. By gradually leaving for longer amounts of time, your puppy will be less likely to experience separation anxiety.


  • Hire a Puppy Walker or Recruit Family or Friends


Working with a puppy can be stressful for both of you. If you aren’t able to come home during your lunch break, find someone who is able to take your puppy for a pee break.

Be sure your dog walker is able to provide references, and set a schedule for them to come at the same time every day.


  • Doggie Daycare


This option makes working with a puppy easier and gives your puppy social interaction with other dogs. Daycare can be a great opportunity for both of you. Your puppy will be able to mingle with other dogs, get their daily exercise, and you can be sure they are safe for the whole day.

To keep the puppies safe, be sure the daycare you consider keeps them separate from the adult dogs and allows playtime with appropriately sized groups.  


  • Begin Crate Training Early


Crate training will make working with a puppy become a normal part of your little one’s (and your!) routine.

As soon as your puppy comes home with you, have a crate set up to provide them a safe space when you’re gone. Use treats to convince your puppy to go into the crate with the door opened at first. Throughout the day, use treats to lure them in, and close the door for longer and longer periods.

When your puppy cries for attention, the fastest way to get them to stop this behaviour is by ignoring them. Let them cry it out. As soon as they stop crying, let them out, reward your puppy with a treat, but do not make a big deal out of it.

Puppy crate training requires a lot of patience. To get your puppy used to longer periods in the crate, leave them in at night while you sleep. Remember, a puppy under five months old will still need pee breaks at night, so set an alarm to bring them out halfway through the night.

These options will make working with a puppy an easier process. If you think your puppy has separation anxiety, check out the article “Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Puppies,” to go over ways to help in greater detail.


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