Looking for some advice here, as Gracie comes home on Wednesday. For her first couple days at home, she will not be left alone as I have arranged my work schedule around her arrival. My question is that after this there will have to be short intervals, once a day where she is left alone for a couple hours or so. We (myself and my girlfriemd) have good schedules in that they are fairly opposite to each other in that there is usually only a couple hour gap in between someone being home. I am just wondering whats the best solution to this. We have a crate, however it is rather large so as to fit her when shes full grown. We also have a small room which we can put her water, bed, toys and crate in then leave crate door open and close room door, perhaps put some newspaper down. Is this a practicle and ethical method, and is it a bad idea to leave a puppy of 8 weeks old alone at all. Just wondering what to do here, there will be someone home most of the time, but i gotta figure out to do for those times when we're not. What have you all done in the past when you get a brand new puppy but have to leave her for a couple hours? Thanks in advance.