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What is your morning routine like? We are bringing home our new 8 week old cockapoo puppy on April 19th. I am home that week on Spring Break with the kids but we all return to school/work the following Monday morning. Trying to figure out how much earlier I will need to get up to make sure puppy is walked, played-with, fed and walked again before we leave the house in the morning. We will experiment a little that week we are home but wondering what others do. I currently get up at 6am and lave for work at 8:30 am. I have plenty of time in the morning to do what I need to do, I am a morning person and like having a leisurely morning so give myself lots of time to do stuff.
 

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If you are a morning person and always give yourself plenty of time to get ready, plus leisure time, I don't even know if you have to change your schedule. Just turn "leisure" time into "puppy" time! A puppy that age shouldn't be going for actual walks for 2 months, so that "walk" time can instead be dedicated to fetch in the yard, some training, brushing/grooming, or just adorable puppy time. If you feel like you want extra time, perhaps wake up a half hour earlier and see how it goes from there. In a few month when the pup is actually getting walked, you WILL probably have to wake up earlier, depending on how long you want to walk. Cockapoos aren't a high energy breed so I don't imagine the dog will need a 2 mile walk at any point (especially as a pup), so the walk shouldn't take too long.

All in all you're doing an amazing job of preparing for your dog. But I think you're overthinking some things. Dogs can and will change your lives and schedules, but unless you have an absolutely packed schedule and a high energy dog, you don't need to drastically change your lifestyle. You've picked a dog who will fit your lifestyle, and the advantage to that is not having to change a lot!
 
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This is what worked for me.

6:45am - wake up, pups out for potty
7:00 - feed in playpen while I get ready
7:30 - Play for 30 - 45 mins
8:15 - out for potty
8:30 - leave for work, pup in playpen with pee pad, water, toys, bed.
12:30 - Either me or dog walker comes homes, let him out for a pee, played a bit. back in playpen.
1:15 - back to work.
5:30-6pm - Home from work, pup out to potty. Rest of night either playing, training, in pen for dinner, many trips outside.

When he was around 3-4 months eliminated pee pads and noon time walks.

I wrote the following on a different post a while ago. This was what the first 10 months with my pup were like.

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Here's a run down on what I did with my pup for his first 10 months that will hopefully help you out.

8 weeks to 3 months - When I was home he was either tethered to me, or isolated to a room with me. He would sleep in his crate at night with a potty break during the evening if he whined in his crate. When I was at work he would get a walk and 1hr play session in the morning, in a play pen with a bed, blanket, toys, food, water and pee pad. (he was about 3-4lbs at this age, and in a 3'x3' pen) He would get a walk and play at lunch for 30-45mins either by me or dog walker, then back in his pen for the afternoon, I was home around 5:30-6pm

3 to 4 months - Eliminated pee pads from pen, still got lunch time plays, remained in pen when I was at work. Slept in crate at night. Got free roam of house with constant supervision. (I mean constant, I spent many evening just following the little fur ball from room to room) If I was watching tv or cooking dinner or my attention was divided he would be tethered or in his pen.

4 to 6 months - Playpen during the day. He would get morning walk and play, playpen while I was at work (8:30-5:30) Free roam with supervision. Slept in bed with me at night. Free access to crate whenever he wants it.

6 to 8 months - Got free roam of bedroom during the day. Free roam of the house when I was there with partial supervision (not a very big house). Slept in bed. His crate is set up in my bedroom and he can use it when he wants. He'll take treats in there to chew or sleep in there during the day. (He also has a kid's sized couch he lounges on) or if there is too much commotion in the house he'll go into his crate to relax or nap or hide from visitors.

8 to 10 months - free roam of bedroom and sectioned off living room during day. free roam of house with partial supervision.

10 months - free roam for most of the house. (not allowed in 2nd bedroom or bathrooms - not a house training issue, he's a sock thief. lol)
 

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I work full time. So I'll add my thoughts onto how I handled it and how our situation worked

I took a full week off when I got Aayla at 8 weeks. I worked extensively on crate training and separation training. By the end of the week I was leaving the house for 3 hours at a time. Aayla would be in her playpen, with a potty pad.

My routine once I turned to work was this. Aayla woke up between 6:00am-6:30am I would take her out potty, play/exercise for 30-40 minutes, train 5-10 minutes, then feed, while she was eating in her playpen I would take my shower and get dressed. Then I would play with her until about 15-20 minutes before I left at 8:30am. I would crate her for that time so she did not associate crate with leaving.
 
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Just want to mention, don't forget socialization. Short trips to new places (pup can remain in your arms if worried about not completing vaccines) that are fun and filled with treats. No dog parks or anything like that. But a trip to starbucks, or an outdoor cafe for a quick coffee or snack. Meeting new people and having a great experience.

Early socialization is so vital and is so often missed. It helps prevent so many behavior problems in the future.
 

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Yeah I agree with the above about socialisation at an early stage. I had 4 months off before full time work and I took my puppy out since 8 weeks almost every day before he turned 16 weeks and still took him out as much as I could after that. At 7 months, he still gets to go out to day trips every Saturday and he generally adapts well to new situations so socialisation is very important.

I think if you don't have a high-energy dog, 6:00 - 8:30 is fine and then after work. What are you planning to do while you and the kids are away though? A young puppy needs to get to the potty frequently and they also can't be alone for too long during the day. Could you possibly get someone to come over to take the puppy to potty and spend some time? My mum takes my dog for a noon walk each week day and he just sleeps for the rest of the afternoon before I come home at 4:30. But he will get a bit restless if he had to stay by himself from 8:30 - 4:30pm.

My puppy schedule looks like:
6am - 8:30am walk, play, train
10am raw bone to chew on under my mum's supervision
12pm noon walk
1:30pm - 4:30pm nap and sleep in crate
5:00 - 6:00pm train and play
6:30 - 7:30pm walk, play and fetch in park
8:00 - 9:00 more training and playing and down time before sleep

But my dog is a kelpie so he is pretty full on. Your puppy might just cut down some playing time but a dog could cope better alone if you have someone come in at noon time to give him a break plus something to keep him occupied while alone in the morning.
 

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Just want to mention, don't forget socialization. Short trips to new places (pup can remain in your arms if worried about not completing vaccines) that are fun and filled with treats. No dog parks or anything like that. But a trip to starbucks, or an outdoor cafe for a quick coffee or snack. Meeting new people and having a great experience.

Early socialization is so vital and is so often missed. It helps prevent so many behavior problems in the future.
Ohh I also forgot to add that if your puppy becomes too heavy to carry in your arms, you can always get one of those pet strollers. I got one and then sold it after but it just got too tiring to carry him around in my arms on the public transport and then to the city, especially when I needed to use my hands. Most people thought it was funny and cute but yes I did get some questions and one nasty remark from an ignorant woman until I corrected her by telling her that I was saving my dog from catching diseases because he was not fully vaccinated. It was okay to carry him around when he was 8-9 weeks old but after that it was just too hard to travel further away from home without a car.
 
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