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Old 02-26-2012, 10:56 AM
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I never said I was leaving the puppy without water... the water and food bowl are attached, it is larged and spread out I dont think an 8 week old puppy can tip it over... secondly the pen will be inside..the crate inside the pen opened with her bed inside, puppy pads also inside the pen. From what I heard an 8 week old puppy cant hold its bladder for more than 45 minutes..not 7 hours.. the toys I have for her to chew on while im gone is a kong, a rope and bully sticks (will be discarded when get to small)
She should not be put in a crate closed at 8 weeks old the entire time I am gone at work, she will pee and poop in it and completely ruin the crate training process... that is why I didnt think your post was any help to me.
What a great set up! It's sounds exactly like what I would do with a pup!
And I have a couple of metal x-pens like thoses suggested by the others. I absolutely love them and use them all of the time! They are quite sturdy and fold up very nicely.

Also I agree with you that 7 hours is going to be too long for a puppy to hold it! The pen set up as you described is IMHO a much better idea than just crating the puppy.

Only thing I would suggest is just to just watch your puppy with the bully stick and rope toys before leaving her alone with them.
At 8 weeks I think leaving her with a large bully stick will be just fine, but as she ages she might be able to eat them surprisingly quickly! Both My Min Pin and Dobie can finish one off in 10 minutes or less!
And some dogs like to shred rope toys. Its not an issue uness they also eat the rope!

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Old 02-26-2012, 11:52 AM
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I took 3 days off of work after I pick up the puppy, to interact with her, get her acclimated to the new surroundings and see what her likes and dislikes are. The pen is just a temporary thing until she is fully crate trained and is able to hold her bladder while im gone at work. I am able to come home half way during my work shift to take her out as well and give her some play time. Im not getting a puppy just to leave at home for hours upon hours.. she will be a vital part of my life as I need her for therapy. When im not at work, she will spend every ounce of her time with me and my family.

Trust me, I want nothing but the best for her, I dont want her to choke, I realize the choking hazards, thats why I pick and choose the toys she can have in her pen with her.. yes I have some stuffed animal toys, but those wont be going in with her, they will be a supervised toy.. the bully sticks are about 7 inches long and are twirled

And just to remind everyone, this is a cocker spaniel puppy.. not a GSD or Newfie puppy that comes to you 30lbs already, she is small, her dishes are spill proof, her chew toys are far bigger than her mouth and her crate is large enough for her to fit inside and move around, but not large enough for her to pee and poop in. Thanks for everyones responses on the question at hand about the pen..I bought the $45 metal one.
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I bought the $45 metal one.
Good choice and congratulations on your new addition.
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Good choice and congratulations on your new addition.
Ditto that!
I hope that you'll share some photos!
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The plastic playpen worked just great for us when Woofgang was a baby. However, he wasn't really left there unsupervised as I'm usually home and when I leave he is crated.

I see you bought a metal pen, but I'd still point out to be sure if the puppy jumps it can't be tipped over easily. Or slid across the floor.

Enjoy your new puppy! They grow up so quickly.
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