Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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I asked this very question before getting our little girl, Lucy. I stayed home with Lucy for the first two weeks after getting her at 8 weeks old, literally on the floor with her, playing with her, cuddling with her, reinforcing the litter box, and teaching her it was okay to be in her x-pen without me around. That may sound confusing, how can I be with her constantly and yet teach her to be okay without me? Well, I'd leave the room for small amounts of time (seconds at first and then minutes) always coming back and rewarding her for being quiet. If she wasn't quiet, I'd wait until she was quiet and then return as soon as she stopped. She has adjusted very well and is very quiet in her x-pen. She quietly sits when I come home and waits for me to open her gate and then she rolls onto her back for tummy scratches. She has her litter box inside her x-pen an we built a private crate area for her to sleep in. She was completely potty trained (to the litter box or outside) by the time she was five months old.
Now Charlie, our little boy, is a different story. We got him when he was almost 16 weeks old and he wasn't potty trained at all. I stayed home with him for three days and had two to take care of. He didn't get the same micro-training Lucy got. He is much more "boy" and is very wild when we return but he too seems well adjusted. He is not potty trained (litter or ourside) and he's five months old now. He's an entirely different personalty.
Long story short, I think if you want to make it work, it can be done. It was a lot of time right up front but I beleive it was the best for Lucy and us.
Good luck with your decision.