Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
Looking for some advice here! I am now into week 2 of having Cooper home and last week I went from being on vacation a couple days, to working from home on the couch (while he was in the play pen beside the couch) to eventually working from my home office while he was in the pen.
This week, even though I'll be working from home all week, I want to gradually get him into spending some time in the crate while I work so that it's not a huge shocker if/when I do need to go to the office. I was thinking that for the mornings I'd put him in the pen while I work (letting him out every hour or so) and then try the crate in the afternoons. I am finding it hard because I feel like I SHOULD be out playing with him or giving him attention because I'm home (feeling like a bit of a neglecto-mom) but, at the same time, I know he needs to get used to it otherwise things will be worse down the road. Plus, I also need to be productive while I'm working!
Anyone else in this same situation - working from home but trying to establish a good independent routine for their pup? I want to ensure he's still getting enough exercise and attention in. Here is sort of what a day would/could look like right now (this will change as he gets older and can go to parks etc...)
-Wake up (8 a.m.) and go out for a pee
-Morning walk/Starbucks run for mum (8:30 a.m.) - usually walk around the block (for now) and say hi to Coopers friends
-Some play with mum for 15 minutes or so then into pen (usually he crashes)
- Out for a pee (10 a.m.)
-Some play with mum for 15 minutes or so then into pen
-Lunchtime walk around the block / some fetch/play outside & feeding
- Back in the pen (nap time!)
- Out every couple of hours if he's sleeping or sooner if he's up
- dinner time!
- evening walk
- I usually give him free play/nap out of the pen after dinner... but just make sure that I can see him and pay attention to what he's doing at all times
- Out every hour at this time
- evening play (he goes crazy at night... he's a night owl for sure!)
- out before bed then bed time
Looking for some tips as I feel like he's spending a lot of time playing/sleeping in his pen even though I'm making sure he gets out and has some play and interaction regularly. Am I a neglecto mom? Be brutally honest ;).
Elizabeth and Cooper