What to do with my dog during the day?

My husband and I adopted a Pomeranian from the Humane Society a week or so ago and we’re trying to figure out where to put him during the day when we’re working. Right now we put him in the garage with a crate to sit in, a bed, water, and toys. He poops in the garage though and I’m tired of cleaning up the garage when I get home. We have cats so there’s no way to leave him inside and install a dog door. I could close him up in one of the bathrooms but I’m sure I would still come home to a mess. We’re gone for around 8 hours a day and putting him in a crate somewhere in the house for that long just seems mean. Will he eventually learn to not use the bathroom in the garage and get on a schedule to go when we’re home? Would putting him in a more confined space like the bathroom help him learn to not go inside? I’m just trying to figure out the best option to make him comfortable and not have to clean as many messes when I get home. I would let him roam all over my house during the day if I didn’t have to worry about him messing all over the place.

Would a pee pad be a good option? And if so how do you train them to use that when you’re gone and go outside when you’re home? Help!
He doesn’t use the bathroom in the house when we’re there. He’s had a few accidents but it was understandable because he was on a lot of medication. He was very sick when he adopted him and is finally starting to feel better.
This dog is around 5 years old and for all I know comes from an abused home. I don’t know his history and therefore can only work with what he’s shown in the past week. Obviously I wish I could have planned out every little detail before adopting him but with a shelter dog you never do really know what their habits are, how they were or were not trained in the past, or how quickly they will learn. I assume my husband and I are not the only people that work full time and also own a dog. So any suggestions on what works for people in a situation like ours would be appreciated. We’re trying to do the best we can for Sammie and do what’s the most humane to make the rest of his life better than whatever he’s gone through for the past 5 years….

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    6 Responses to “What to do with my dog during the day?”

    1. Johnrob says:

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    2. me says:

      I take my dogs to a "daycare" facility. They get to run and play with other dogs all day and I know they are taken care of. When I get home with them they are usually tired but show us some attention as well and usually sleep all night long. Look into it it is really not that expensive.

    3. Sarabear123 says:

      you could have a sitter, i have a dog and we put her in my room while everyone is gone she is fine, we normally fine her sleeping on my bed lol i have cats 2 but we shut the door and the cats dont get in

    4. Kathleen says:

      No pee pads. That just teaches them it’s OK to go indoors.

      Crate the dog while you’re gone. The crate should only be big enough for your dog to stand up in and turn around. A normal dog will not go to the bathroom in its crate. That way you can keep the dog in the house as well.

      It almost sounds as though your dog isn’t housebroken but you don’t say its age.

    5. Launi *Stand By Your Pit* says:

      I’m sorry, but why did you adopt the dog without thinking about all of this first?

    6. UHaveToBeKiddingMe says:

      These are plans people make before they get a dog.

      8 hours is way too long to leave a dog confined and expect it not to go to the bathroom. How would you like to be put on a bathroom schedule?

      Get a dog door that has the collar the dog wears that opens the door. That way the cats won’t get out.

      Pee pads will only train the dog that it is ok to go to the bathroom in the house.

      You could of course hire someone to come over during the day to take the dog out.

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