About two weeks ago, I got a new pug puppy who I named Bruce. Bruce was adopted by another family, but things didn’t work out with their existing dog, so they advertised for a re-adoption on Craigslist. Overall, he’s a great dog, and I haven’t noticed any problems from his experience other than being a bit of a nervous eater. This seems to be improving.
Anyway, they were paper training him but also trying to get him go outside. I’ve kept a few training pads around because they help form an early warning system, and basically whisking him outside when he sniffs. While I’m at work, I crate him, and come home as often as I can. He doesn’t always make it, so I make time to give him baths and such as needed.
He’s been getting better – we’ve timed his poops pretty well now so he just occasionally pees a little in the crate. However, this is based on a pretty rigid schedule of getting up early, taking him out, feeding, out again when he starts to sniff about, I go work, take lunch at 11:30, come home, take him out (usually a couple times) over lunch, give him water and playtime, go back to work, come home at the end of my shift, out again, feed again, play again, out again, go to exercise class, come home and take him out, then several times through the evening. He generally does a good job of holding it when he can – including all night, now – but sometimes even this is a little too long for him.
However, I’ve just, unfortunately, been informed that I have to go in for jury duty tomorrow. Luck of the draw I guess. I’ve done this before but never stayed as late as lunch so I don’t know how long they give you but I’d guess a half hour, which will not be enough time to get home and back. Even with an hour, I’m not sure I could make it from downtown.
I really hate to undermine his training but there is no way the little guy is making it all day. He has a big crate with one of the dividers in place, but if I took that out, there’d be room for food and water, his bed, toys, and a training pad. I’m honestly not sure what else to do other than find a place to board him, which I can do if I need to… but I doubt a boarding facility is really going to be able to handle consistency in potty training a little puppy.
One other possibility is to lock him in a room and not use his crate, but I do worry (even if I take up the trash, etc) that he’ll get into trouble or gnaw things to pieces. I don’t really have a good room for this either – the bathroom has some things I’d worry about for safety (like a missing cover for the air vent) that I’m not sure I can line up by tomorrow. The best option would probably be the spare room, which is, unfortunately, carpeted.
Anyone have any thoughts? Is it better to risk the carpet and not undermine his crate training?