Next week I'll be at college and Tucker will need to be home by himself for the 6-7 hours my parents are at work. Mom thinks it's kind of cruel to have the puppy in the crate for 8 hours while we sleep, let him out for 2, and then put him back in for 6 or 7 more. To be honest I don't actually know if he can hold it that long, so far we've only be having him hold it for 5 hours at night, he goes in at 10, I get him out at 3, then ge goes back in until 6. What she wants is to gate him into the kitchen, puppy proof it really well, and put down puppy pads (though I assume he'll just use the floor, I mean they need to be trained to go on those right?). Then when she comes home pick up the pads and take him out every hour again as usual. They both get weekends off so on those days he will get taken out every hour. Whenever they go out for a couple of hours during thr day, to shop or get a meal or something he'll be crated. I honestly don't know how I feel about it. On one hand I don't like the idea of 15 hours, nearly straight, in a crate. On the other hand I'm not sure that he'll ever get housebroken when he's allowed to mess in the kitchen during the day. So I have three major questions. The first is whther this is just a terrible idea that will sabotage any chance at house breaking him. The second is whether or not they'll have to use puppy pads while they work for the rest of his life. The third is how do you keep a puppy from simply tearing up and playing with the puppy pads? If you think this is a bad idea what do you suggest we do instead?