So I'm trying to write up a "puppy plan" to give to my boyfriend to make the whole "I will be getting a puppy this summer/fall" easier to digest. The main issue he has, and it is my main concern as well, is it fair to have a puppy if we are not home for 6+ hours a day? For those of you that were not able to bring your puppy to work with you, did you have someone/yourself come mid-day to take puppy out? I wouldn't really think twice about leaving an adult dog that long, but it seems kind of cruel to leave a puppy that long without any interaction. My hope is to be able to work part time during the first month of puppy's arrival, which would either enable me to leave work around noon each day, or have a few days off each week. That way we can get into a routine, puppy will have a bit more bladder control, and we can see how puppy copes while left alone. Is it unreasonable to leave a puppy (as young as 2-3 months) in an x-pen for 6+ hours a day without a mid-day break?