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Alone with two puppies - Time Management Tips

Good morning. I woke up this morning and took Lucy outside right away. It was cold and dark, and the wind was blowing hard. Soon my husband came out with Charlie and the dogs zoomed rather than potting. I couldn't get the poop bag open. Dogs were running and wrestling; little black fluff balls rolling across the brown and frozen grass. Inside the house my glasses immediately steamed over and there was just black hairy things bouncing around my legs clamoring for a treat. Shoes off and bowls picked up and washed. Dogs running back and forth, switching from whining for food and play-growling at each other. My husband's making my much needed coffee and finally the dogs are in heir pens and eating. Ah, the sweet taste of coffee and then I had a frantic thought. I'll be doing all of this alone for the next two weeks beginning on Wednesday. My husband is going on a mission trip and I'll be left alone to deal with getting two puppies, one that's basically potty trained and one that's struggling, out of the house and to the bathroom.

Our bedroom is on the second floor and the dogs are in separate kennels up there. Lucy is the oldest (8 months) and is house trained. She either goes outside or in her litter box. Charlie (4 months) is not house trained and only uses his litter box when he's confined to the x-pen when we're at work. He has the bad habit of jumping straight up and down when he's inside his x-pen and a human is around. He's been known to pee while doing this. He's also pooped outside the litter box and proceeded to jump up and down in the poop. That was not a little mess to clean up.

I need your suggestions on how to manage mornings with two dogs all by myself.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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You might want to look up crate games on YouTube to help your pups develop impulse control. It helped us alot. We make our dogs work for most things, like they have to sit quietly to get their meals and be seated and calm before the crate doors are opened. We use the word "settle".

Putting them on leash may signal them to get their morning business done and you have better control going solo. We don't reward treats for doing their business, but we reward for the command "come" about 90% of the time when outdoors. I try to mix it up, keep them wondering. This helps you have better control when off leash.

I'm not a pro trainer, lol, but I would think that if you can work with your older pup, this will help with the younger one, as the babies emulate the older dogs, good and bad, so try to establish good habits with the senior.

My last tip is to try to feed them first and then take them out, so you only have one early outdoor session and they can get all their business done at once. This may not be possible until the 4-month old gets a little bigger, but we switched to this order and it helped with our routine.

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I agree, have them on leash, walking them about to settle them and then back inside quickly after business.
In the colder months, I usually pre-open the poop bags indoors so I am not left in the cold trying to get them open. This way the bags are ready to use quickly.
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You can do it! We have been there with you and we know how busy you are especially since you have a puppy too. You will soon learn what works best for you.

I leave the leashes right next to the door to make it easier.

Do you work? Or will you be home during the day?



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I work; have to be on the road by 7:30.

I've been thinking about all the things I can do at night, wash hotels and fill them, prepare treat ball(s), have clothes laid out, etc.

wait a min., I don't want this to go too smooth or hubby might not jump in when he returns.

maybe it won't be too bad if I prepare.
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I work; have to be on the road by 7:30.

I've been thinking about all the things I can do at night, wash bowls and fill them, prepare treat ball(s), have clothes laid out, etc.

wait a min., I don't want this to go too smooth or hubby might not jump in when he returns.

maybe it won't be too bad if I prepare.
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I'm sorry for the double posts and incorrect words and punctuation, I'm on my smart phone and it's not too smart.
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That sounds hard. I only have to be a work and leave the house by 7:30 three days a week and I'm only gone for a few hours. I have a fenced in Patio with fake grass area. I let them out close the door go use the restroom come back out and sit with them until they poo. I fill there water and food get dressed while they sit and watch me. They still my socks I chase them. I tuck them back in bed and say I'll be back soon. I have a small job packing herbs for a friend so I don't have to look nice I get up at 7:00 and out the door by 7:25. When I get back home Maddie has escaped from the area I have tried to confine them in. My sister says they bark and cry when she gets up and will sometime go let them out to come upstairs. It really worries me because I have to find a full time job and an apartment I am hoping what ever I find I can afford day care.

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You are on the right track with as much prep as possible the night before. I have two a 5 & 3/4 mo puppy and 6 & 1/2 yr old. He Rango cannot hold it long after we wake up so I throw on sweats & coat out we go. I come in give a treat take Sasha out. I live in a condo so they must be on leash. Fix coffee for me, food for puppy and morning treats for Sasha. He eats breakfast in his crate and in fact beats me down the hall to his crate. Sasha being older and the princess gets her treats on her quilt on the bed. You can do it. Good luck.

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