When is a good time to get a puppy?
Best timing to get a puppy is during your regular work pattern or schedule. Taking off a month or two to “train” your puppy only results in having to “re-train” your puppy AGAIN to get used to the NEW schedule. Much harder on the puppy and you. Teachers and people who get lots of time off in summer should get a puppy in closer to summer than February/ March so the puppy is used to his regular schedule by the time summer comes.
Being home for A few days to get him used to being alone a bit at a time and using a crate is suggested.
Toilet training when you are at work is best accomplished by getting a dog walker or helper to come at 10 am and 2 pm to feed and take out for a toilet break. The puppy soon gets into this routine and that is what the dog gets used to. As they get older one mid-day break is ok. And by 8 months they can go all day in their crate if need be. (8hrs). When your puppy goes home they aren’t expecting to be with you all day- so why allow them to if that’s not what life will look like most of the time?
If you are at home - or work at home daily - the dog should be alone or in a crate least two hours a day to prevent separation anxiety.