Hello! I'm 19 years old, living alone, and I work full time. I knew as soon as I got my own place that I was going to get a dog, and because of my special circumstances, I wanted a dog that would be able to act as an emotional support animal and perform certain specific tasks, almost like a service dog, but not quite. I leaned toward a puppy for that reason. Initially I thought that I would wake up early, walk them, feed them, take them potty, drop them off at doggy day care while I was working, pick them up after I got off work, attend a training class session, go for another walk, go home for play and training, and cuddle up to sleep at the end of the day. Now, however, I'm not quite as sure as I was. Is group puppy training a good idea? Is doggy day care a good idea? I'd be raising this pup more or less alone, working from 6:30am to 3:00pm with an hour lunch. I don't want them to be alone all day. Would it be better to just have someone to check in on them throughout the day? Also, I live in Alaska, and this is my first winter up here. The puppy is going to be born in November, and I'd be bringing them home in the first week of January, when winter will still be in full swing. What are some housebreaking tips you have for pups who are brought home in heavy winter? Exercising? What are the options you'd recommend for this situation? Thanks for your help!