House training and working full time
After my previous thread about adding a second dog, I've decided to start the process :) I've been submitting applications to local shelters so I can be on file when the right dog comes along. I work full time and spend a lot of time at the barn, so I'd prefer a dog that's at least 1-2 years old rather than a puppy. However, being in the North East, we have a fairly unique situation in our shelters where we have a higher demand for adoptable animals than we usually have a supply of, so many shelters ship animals up from southern kill shelters. This means lots and lots of puppies and not so many young/adult dogs. Now I'm starting to wonder if I should at least consider a puppy.
Last time I had a puppy I was in college, so I had lots of time to house train him and was rarely gone for long stretches of time. Now I'm gone for about 9 hours on week days. Is it inappropriate to expect a puppy to hold it for that long that often? There aren't any teenagers in my neighborhood who I could pay to let the dog out during the day. Do some people paper/pad train for scenarios like this and then fully house break to only potty outdoors when the dog is old enough to have that kind of muscle control? There MUST be people out there who house train puppies while working full time...I just don't know any!
I'd still rather a young adult dog, but if you all tell me it's possible to properly house break a puppy while working full time...well, I won't be upset that my options expand to include roly poly, adorable puppies! ;)