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New Mini Goldendoodle - Leaving Puppy Alone
Mon Jul 16, 2018 15:31

I have a new mini golden doodle puppy coming in this weekend and my GF and I both work during the day. We’re currently debating two approaches to the first couple of weeks with our little guy and I would love some advice on the pro’s/cons of each.

1 - I would prefer crate training in our apartment from the start, leaving him alone during the day from 9-6 with a Pet Care Service and friends coming 2/3 times daily to play/feed/take him out.

2 - My GF on the other hand would like to leave him with her parents for the first couple of weeks while we work where he has their full attention. Once he is a bit older and bigger we would then take him on full time.

My concern for the first option is he is a small puppy, is it ok to leave him alone for 3 hours at a time in a crate with periodic visits? We plan to work into a version of this schedule that case should we start him right away?

For the second option my concern is he will develop a familiarity with her parents and have separation anxiety. When we bring him back to our apartment he will have to learn a new schedule, people, and environment. Is that tough to work through?

Would love any thoughts/advice


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    • Congratulations on your new puppy!Lori & The Two Hound Train, Wed Jul 18 07:26
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