Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Sue, lovely to hear from you and so pleased you managed to give the pup a home! this is not the ideal situation, as dogs are very much social animals, but they can be taught to spend time by themselves.
What I would suggest you do is to create a playpen area where the pup can be safely left in. Here have the food, water, multiple chew toys and also a toilet area. This should be away from the food and the rest.
What I am going to do is put some link below on playpens for dogs, inside toilet training and also a link to allow you to download a free ebook AFTER Getting a Puppy by Dr. Dunbar. this will give you all you need for now.
What I would suggest for the afternoons is to practise leaving the pup (after being taken for a walk and toilet needs), for short periods of time, gradually building up the time periods left alone. this will stop the pup stressing if it is suddenly left alone when used to company in the afternoons.
There are thousands of dogs (especially overseas) who live in flats and apartments and all that is required is morning walk, lunch time toilet outing and evening walk, and if you do this you should be fine. Dogs are active mornings and evenings and tend to sleep a lot during the day. what would be a good idea, if you can, is to consider day care for the pup, or a dog walker to come in during the day to take the pup out, spend some time with it etc.
The links I mentioned are:-
INSIDE TOILET TRAINING
CRATE TRAINING AND PUPPY PLAYPEN
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