I have wanted to have a puppy my whole life. Now, I will be able to afford one, I really want to purchase a Maltese puppy. However, I work from 8-5 pm. I have selected an apartment close to work, so I will definitely be able to go home during lunch. Will this work? Will he be okay if I am able to take him out before I leave for work around 7:45 am and again at noon and again around 12:45 pm. I will then be able to take him out again probably 10 minutes after 5 pm.
Will a 12 week old Maltese be able to hold it for this amount of time?
Please by honest,I would love to care for one....But I will not get get one if this is not possible
*I would Ask Questions* 1st if the pup is from a reputable breeder: I would ask them vey specific questions as to what time the pup is feeding/relieving/disposition now, as you do not want a little one that has seperation anxiety.
2nd Have you asked?: Is your apartment ok with barking/whinning? Are you prepared to give up more than 15 minutes in the morning; as we would usually give our dog at the very least a half hour to feed/relieve/stretch?
Things to look into: *Crate training or even a play pen, as pups can be destructive/fragile to "new" things inside your apartment. *Doggie Day care or even pet sitting services in your local area. Great for socialtization and just in case you have an emergency meeting. *Litter box training or even puppy pee pads
I will add: Our neighbor down the street has enlisted her Maltese (8mos) in doggie day care every other day, as he really gets downright depressed when his mommy is not home all day; & on the other days she has a retired neighbor let him out.
May I also suggest, looking into your local rescue organization/shelters as they may have one that is older & has been through the routine. Breed specific rescues may be your best bet on providing you with the TRUE info on what type of questions as far as disposition/health problems you should be asking about; versus the simple "buy our pup isn't it cute" motto that some BYB's or Petstores can be inclined to have. They may even be able to give you a truthful answer about getting a pup right now.
I think your best bet is a dog a little older. Pups need constan guidance, needing you to take themout every hour to 2 hours. If you do what you said, then you will come home to messes plus it will take longer to potty train.
Whoever said you can't buy happiness, must have never owned a dog!!!!!!!!!!!