Originally Posted by dannewcombe1
Well went out and got him a medium size crate today! Wow! Should have got one to start with, he now weeps if he needs the toilet and as soon as he does I take him out.
He's also in the living room now which is where every thing happens and he's no longer watching us he's in the room with us but in his crate.
Because of this he seems so much more settled and has spent half today asleep!
Overall massive success with the crate.
I attempted to put some puppy pads on the floor outside ready for him to do his thing on but being a rascall he found it far more enjoyable to chew it rather than use it so I've had to take them away and he just does his thing where ever. I try to put him in the same position when I take him out every time but he does it where he wants to.
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Again you are proving to have a knack for solving these problems! Had I seen your earlier message, I would have advised a crate for the very reason that you can use it to confine puppy safely, and yet have him near you in the room. So you figured that out and puppy is much happier! Puppies really do hate to be left alone. As I said, they feel scared and vulnerable.
Crates are so good because puppy is safe in there and he cannot escape and get himself hurt chewing an electrical cord, or falling down steps and so forth.
Yeah, about puppy pads, if you can avoid puppy pads or newspapers and just house train him right to the garden, then its only a one step process, and there is no confusion later for the puppy about newspapers you may drop on the floor in the living room. Now that you have a crate, it is easier to have him just use the garden and skip the whole paper/pad thing, in my experience anyway.
Anyway, good job! Puppies are a LOT of work, but also a source of great love and joy.
Now that you have a crate, you can even drag the crate into your bedroom at night, if you choose. I always have my puppies sleep next to my bed as it seems to comfort and settle them, and builds our bond. However this is not everyone's preference, so its something to think about as a personal decision.
BTW, in case you can't tell, puppies is one of my favorite subjects. I just LOVE puppies, and would be raising one all the time, except I cannot have that many dogs! So please feel free to keep your questions coming!
And some time soon, perhaps you can post some pics of your little guy?