I started asking this in another thread, but figured it deserves it's own thread. We have been crate training Coltrane since we got him and he is doing really well. He has only had a few accidents and we catch him every time and bring him out. We have been coming home from work at 10:00, 12:00, 3:00, and then at 5:00 to let him out and feed him lunch at noon. This schedule has been working great. He has had two accidents in his crate, but i don't think that's too bad. My fiancee starts a new job on monday and this schedule will not be feasible anymore. He will be 10 weeks old on monday. Do you think he can hold it from 7:30 in the morning until noon and then from 12:45 until 5:15 or so? That seems like a long time to leave him in the crate to me. Maybe my fiancee and I could stagger our lunch breaks, like she takes one at 11:00 and i take mine at 2:00. I don't want to change the crate training to another method because he is doing so well, but i don't want to leave him the crate so long that he wets himself either. I don't have anyone i trust enough to give keys to my house to go let him out, so a sitter is out. The only thing I can think is to put him in a playpen type cage in the kitchen with his crate in it and some puppy pads or newspaper at the other end of it, but i know this will confuse the "don't go in the house" training. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am sure somebody out there has to work and leave their puppy at home. what do you guys do?