I think you should bring him to work till you get in trouble
I think I'm more attached to my little guy than he is to me. honest. love him to itty bitty pieces, more than any dog I've had.
I will say, my first and only little dog/pup... I've only had big dogs before...
potty training the little guy was one of the hardest things I've ever done. harder than college, harder than breaking up with boyfriends...
8 hours is too long to leave him alone, much less crated.
the key to potty training is consistency and patience. You being consistent. You learning his signs that he needs to go and letting him out.
I did it the easy way , b/c he was paper trained already. used potty pads, 3 different places in the house (I'm a free reign type of gal), then down to one, then moving it closer, each time he pee'd closer to the backyard door... then out to the backyard deck.
I'm not kidding, it's a pain. and I admit I wasn't that consistent. so I don't blame my dog I blame me. In contrast my other pup (6 months younger than the little one), got him a 9 weeks old, had 1 accident in the house and after that has been perfect. never had to 'show' him where to go.
My little guy is still quarky, doesn't like getting wet, so doesn't like to pee outside if it's raining or the sprinklers have been on. He'd rather go in a vacant corner of the house than to get his feet wet (my rationale and interpretation of his actions).