Lucy Is An Adorable Cocker Spaniel Puppy
I will be picking up my cocker spaniel baby in a few weeks. I work full time from 6:45 to 3:30 and am worried about leaving her home for so long during the day.
I want to train her the right way. What do I do?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
I would never recommend leaving a puppy home alone for such a long time, not if you can help it. Perhaps you could ask a friend or neighbor to pop in regularly through the day to let her out into the yard for her toilet break and to play with her for a little while so that she doesn't become bored.
If you can get a sitter for the first few months -even better!
Bored puppies and dogs can be very destructive - and that's when the trouble begins.
You need to be around to train your puppy what is acceptable and what is unacceptable behavior.
Potty training your puppy is difficult enough but if you're not there to catch her before she does her business in the house, you're going to have problems.
You'll also need to prepare your home for your little cocker spaniel puppy's arrival.
Tie up any electrical wires and move any treasured possessions out of the way. Don't forget to make sure any kitchen or bathroom cabinets are securely closed, otherwise a curious little puppy nose and mouth may decide to explore.
Don't forget to check your garden - make sure it's safe and puppy proof. You can learn more about making your home safe for a puppy by reading our article on Bringing Home A New Puppy.
When you've a free moment or two, browse through this site - you'll find lots of helpful tips and advice on how to care for your new puppy.
Good luck - I hope you and your new cocker spaniel puppy have many happy years together!