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Are you wondering how to train a puppy and work full time?

Puppy pen

Firstly I am not here to judge anyone and it’s not my place to say whether you should or shouldn’t have a dog. Just like people, dog owners come in all shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds and will be at different stages in their life. What I would say however is, if you are working full time when you get a puppy you perhaps need to have more forethought and preparation into how you will both cope. with this new and exciting proposition.

Hopefully these pointers below can help when you are wondering how to train a puppy and work full time.

Consider taking some time off work initially

Being with your puppy

To be fair to your new puppy, I would highly recommend taking a week off to integrate your new pet into your home. If not a week, at least several days. If you put yourself into your puppies shoes, everything will be new and it’s quite possible they have come straight from their litter where there is plenty of company. The two biggest considerations are boredom and loneliness for your puppy, while your overriding concerns may include house training and damage to your house!

Boredom and Loneliness

Creating a feeling of security

Given the drastic change in your puppy’s circumstances, you will want him/her to feel as secure as possible. If you are there for the first while, you can help create a secure and loving environment, which will build the foundation for a happy and confident dog further down the track. No-one likes the thought of any animal left cowering in a new environment because they don’t yet feel at home.

What about when you just have to go back to work?

Playful puppyAfter the first few days, when you need to get back to work (after all, you will want to spoil and treat your dog and just like children, this costs money!) please try and arrange for a support network for your puppy. This could be friends, neighbors, family or a local dog walker/sitter. The key here is to have frequent visits so

  1. your puppy doesn’t feel left alone for too long
  2. they can be let out for the toilet, as part of their house training


House Training and Damage to Furniture

As I’ve said above, house training your puppy will be a major part of a happy and healthy relationship with you as they grow up. As well as frequent home visits to be let out, there are other aids that can help, such as puppy training pads or a puppy crate.

Consider a puppy crate


It’s well known that dogs do not like to go to the toilet where they sleep, so a puppy crate can be a good idea. However, it needs to be large enough that they can move around, without being so large they can go to the toilet on one side and then curl up miles away across the other side of the crate.

What about a puppy pen?

As your puppy gets older and you want to leave them alone for longer, you may want to Puppy penthink about a puppy pen. This is more appropriate once they are house trained, but maybe not past chewing on your table legs, sofa cushions or designer shoes!

Puppy proofing a room

Another good idea can be to select a smallish room in your house and puppy proof that room. That way they can have their bed, water and toys, without being left to roam all over the house while you are away.

It’s important it is “puppy proofed” so first off your puppy can’t hurt himself/herself. This means ensuring all electrical cables are out of reach, as well as anything small that they could choke on. This includes treats – remember they are just babies and like them, they won’t know what is the right amount to bite off or will try and stuff something in their mouths in a rush.  Water must also be available, but not in anything that resembles a paddling pool – you will know depending on the size of your puppy what’s right.


I hope this has given you some things to think about. Most of all, I hope you enjoy your new puppy – a dog is a friend for life. If you have recently brought a puppy home, or even have an older dog and want to share your experiences, please comment below. It would be great to hear from you!

Do you need additional help and support?


i hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and found some useful pointers. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment, please do so below.

6 thoughts on “Are you wondering how to train a puppy and work full time?

  1. You’ve provided a great guide on how to train a puppy. It’s a lot of work. Only take this on if you have the time and space to do it. My daughter works with Paws for Rescue out west. She takes in puppies and then they get adopted out once she’s done training. I’m so proud of her!

    1. Hi Peter,
      Thank you for getting in touch and sharing your thoughts. Puppies are definitely hard work and getting any dog shouldn’t be done on a whim. Hats off to your daughter too, it’s wonderful work she’s doing.

  2. I love dogs! I love cats more, as you can clearly see, but this doesn’t mean I don’t love my other furry friend any less! However, it is certainly a pain to train a puppy when you haven’t a CLUE how to begin or where to start. I love your website, it’s vibrant and welcoming. Thanks for the great article!

  3. Hi Mara, Wonderful post! People who work get so defensive when you talk about dog or puppy care, when you ask who will help out when they’re away. I always take that to mean they know we have a point, but they wanted the dog anyway… A neighbour of mine works all day and her poor dog is left alone for about 9 hours a day, yet she’s the most good natured dog, in spite of her owner. She’s a lovely woman, but doesn’t have a clue. Just because someone works doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the pleasure of sharing their life with a dog, but you are right – they must plan for someone to come and take care of the dog when they’re gone, and your recommendations are very helpful. Let’s hope your readers stop and think before doing something impulsive.

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