We'll run an experiment tonight, go out for 30 minutes while leaving TV on, smelly t-shirts, and a different enclosure area.
Let's hope it will be better... Meanwhile, tomorrow we both need to be gone for 9 hours which looks impossible to me. We could drop him off to some relatives but I'm not sure that's fair to Mucho or the relatives, 9 hours is still too much, and of course most places aren't puppy proof.
The fact is I can stay at home and skip the event I'd like to attend, but that seems unfair to me - though probably a reality with a young puppy at home.
Yeah, this is the kind of decision we have to make all the time once we have kids, too. The good thing is that dogs grow up MUCH faster. IMO, 9 hours is too long for an adult dog to be left alone, let alone a puppy.
I am going out of town of a speaking engagement Thur-Sun. DAve will be home over the weekend of course, so those days aren't a problem. I had a friend who was going to take Kodi on Thurs and Fri., but she had a death in the family, and has to go down to Long Island and can't watch him. I scurried around last night, but was able to come up with someone who will come over with her small dog and let him out and let the two play for an hour or so in the middle of each day.
I know that when you first get a puppy, you haven't made those connections yet, which makes it harder. But that's what "puppy parenthood" is like
Another option... Is it possibly that you could take him with you and keep him crated most of the time, just taking him out for occasional walks and potty breaks? We do that a LOT with Kodi. He'd rather be with us and confined than home alone. And, of course, by now, he's pretty much a model citizen, and welcome most places we go.