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Old 08-07-2013, 01:22 PM
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Hi there, I'm new here and looking to bring home a new Schnauzer puppy from a litter due in December (lots of time for research)!

I live in a condo (first floor so letting out is easy!) and work full time across the city. I will be gone from approximately 7 until 5:30 most days. I also have the option to work 9 hour days and take 3/4 of my Fridays off...trying to figure out the best schedule with this new addition!

I'm costing out dog walkers right now and it's quite expensive. I will be looking into having a neighbor or family/friends stop by at lunch if that is possible so as not to have a stranger in my home, but also looking into an alternate possibility:

My boyfriend has offered to help in an enormous way with this new puppy. We don't currently live together in one condo, and tend to split our time between our places. He is happy to have the puppy at his place (also a condo, but a high rise) during the day which is really close to both of our places of work (~10 min).

Would it be confusing to the puppy to stay there for a couple of days out of the week to have one of us come home at lunch for a "potty break"? I just don't want to make training harder by having the puppy in one location part time and another the rest of the time. I don't want to train the puppy to use inside as a bathroom - I was thinking maybe the balcony so that it's at least outside of the house, but I would prefer to have the puppy go outside the building. I just hope it's feasable to make it the 30 seconds down the elevator with a puppy waiting to potty!

Sorry for the confusing rambling post, but I'm so new to this and just want to do the absolute best thing we can for this puppy to make training easy and give him the most solid foundation possible!

Thanks everyone!
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:51 PM
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I really think it'll be okay as long as you and your boyfriend are consistent on training and rules. I think being with someone while you're gone would be a lot better for him, honestly.
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Sounds like a great solution! I'm happy you have someone who cares about you and is willing to help take over the responsibility!
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I think it's a great idea. Our dogs spend time at my in-laws house when we are traveling, and they love it.
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When they are so young they are very pliable. But you must agree on the rules of how to raise the puppy so as not to confuse the little one.
If he lives in a high rise, are you going to use a wee wee pad, and then at your place, go out to pee? That could be confusing.
But it is better than having a stranger come into your home, don't blame you there.
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Technically, he's only on the 4th floor of said high rise (just high to me compared to my 1st floor!) so it's a quick elevator ride. If we can't manage outside at both places, we will have to pad train on the balcony at both places and see how that works. I want it to be consistent whichever method we go with.

It's definitely important to both of us that we are following the same training rules!

Thanks so much for all the encouragement
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That's what we are here for.
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