When Mom's Away, Puppies Will Play
There are so many dog services now available for working people trying to raise a puppy. If you work and can't be home with your new puppy all day, chances are that you are going to need to hire someone to let your Golden Retriever out in the middle of the day.
Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers
A reliable dog walking or pet sitting service will come to your house to let your puppy out to play and go potty, which will allow you to keep your job and housebreak your puppy in the shortest time possible. It's worth every penny for this service, which is a must if you work full time.
People who work and are away from home for six hours or more usually hire a dog walker for the first two months or so until they can get their pups to hold it for longer periods of time. If you work a longer day, you will probably want someone to come home and let your dog out in the middle of the day for a little fun and exercise a few days a week.
Doggie Day Care
Doggie day care is another excellent option for puppies, especially if you work full time. A well-run canine day-care facility will allow your puppy to socialize with other dogs and humans as well as help maintain your Golden's housebreaking routine. As your puppy grows up, you'll probably like the idea that for at least a few days a week he has something fun and exciting to do while you are out.
Make sure you visit the day care and see where your puppy will play. Talk to the staff and find out who will be supervising the dogs and how they are broken up for playtime. Steer clear of places that claim they don't use crates or confinement. Most dogs like having down time, and they should have somewhere private to sleep and rest when they've had enough of the other dogs. All dogs should have their own water bowls and be allowed out to potty every couple of hours. Big groups of dogs playing for long periods of time is less than ideal; puppies absolutely need to have downtime and to learn self control via crate rest or naptime. Be selective about where you choose to leave your puppy, and make sure the facility can best meet your puppy's needs.