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It can be done, if you're consistent and have a plan for at least the next couple of weeks, if not months.
We got Stanley at 9 weeks and took the first week off in order for him to get acclimated. But then week two came around and we made him fit our routine, not the other way around. Wake up 6:30 play, feed, walk, play pen. Out the door at 8:30. Back for a play hour from 12-1. Back for the night at 5 for play, feed, walk etc. We did this for 2 straight months.
We always left him in a 4x4 expen, plenty of toys, pee pad and water. I won't say he loved it at first but he certainly got used to it quickly. Now at 5 months he loves his pen, and I think he looks forward to it when we leave because he gets his special treats.
Now we come home at lunch 2-3 times a week, he's home from 9-5 for a day or two each week. Once he's neutered we're going to get him into doggy day care for 2 days a week.
So while you should have considered all this before getting a puppy, it can be done. Keep your chin up!