I am unemployed at the moment, so I'm home quite a bit (when I'm not out interviewing, etc.). So, no worries here. My husband works close by, so he can come home at lunch and let Mighty Joe out (now, he comes home at lunch to visit me too!). When we were both working, he'd come home 3 days a week, and we'd have a pet sitter for the other 2 days.
Mighty Joe has been trained (sort of) to use a pad in one of the bathrooms (known as the poodle bathroom because of the decor). IF there's an issue. He's fairly good about it, but doesn't aim so well!
Pergo sounds like a durable solution.
Also, we close off about half of our house in the day, so if there is an accident, it's in the hall, foyer, dining room, poodle bathroom or kitchen areas.
I was unhappy with Mighty Joe when he christened my shag rug in the living room a couple of years ago, so that's what prompted closing off that room!
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