I wake up at 5a, leave for work in London at 6a and my wife and the kids wake at 7.30a for school. Should i wake a little earlier and take him outside for potty and bring him back in to play for a while and then leave for work
On behalf of your wife, YES PLEASE! Please don’t leave her with a 4 and 6 year old to get ready on her own and a puppy who hasn’t gone potty yet and has been holding it all night. She’s still going to have to take him out, but at least it won’t be as urgent in the middle of the morning chaos.
I really suggest setting up a schedule like you’ve suggested, to continue through the day. Since you’re kids are so young, they aren’t going to be taking the puppy out, but it’s going to directly impact their routine, and it will help if they’re invested in “helping” with the puppy’s schedule. It will be a lot easier on the puppy, young children, and you as parents, to have a potty and puppy schedule that fits in with your routine.
Like Karen said, you’ll have to be flexible. But I still think you can have a schedule and it will be helpful, it just needs to be adjusted based on the puppy’s individual needs. It doesn’t need to be really rigid. But it does help to have an outline and revisit it frequently as the puppy needs to go out less often, etc. And know there will still be times when he might wake you up to go potty once in a while.
It is overwhelming at first, but it becomes worth it very quickly. That play time before work will help you connect with the puppy and it won’t feel like as much of a hassle.