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!