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Hi everyone:
I'm feeling very anxious about my boyfriend & I going back to work on Monday to our normal schedules given our new puppy.

She's 3 months old, likes her crate, & is starting to even sleep through the night in it! We adopted her a little over a week ago and have been getting her into a schedule - but we've also taken some days off work during her first week to get her acclimated.

Monday, we go back to work. She'll be in the crate for 3-4 hours until my boyfriend comes home for lunch & then again until 5pm.

We've been practicing leaving her by herself. We give her a kong with peanut butter which she loves. Sometimes she'll fall asleep after - but on 2 occasions she has pooped in there (she gets nervous that we're gone). Since there isn't room in there to poop & lay down somewhere else, she'll jump all over and it'll get everywhere.

I'm so worried about this happening once we go back to work.

Can anyone give any words of wisdom or advice?
 

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If she's pooping in there...you don't want that
She's probably peeing as well (kind of a reflex after pee)

You could make sure she poops after she eats (30 min after)
That would lessen the risk of her pooping in there
This would mean not leaving her with the PB Kong either

Another idea is to use an exercise pen or a gated off bathroom for the first week so she can relieve herself away from where she sleeps (use puppy pads etc).

Just throwing out ideas

Maybe do a trial this weekend for 4 hours and see how she does. Good luck.
 

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We only leave her in there if she's pooped twice already- we're up at 5:30 to give her breakfast and play with her before we need to leave. That doesn't seem to help. We're going to test it this weekend and see how it goes
 

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That's interesting. Maybe she is nervous pooping? Me personally, I would rather use puppy pads and a pen than end up with a poopy pup. I'm sure she will get into a groove and calm down, GL!
 

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Yeah, I understand your logic (and desire to not clean up a poopy crate haha). We're just worried if we do it that way, she'll never get crate trained!
 

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Yeah, I understand your logic (and desire to not clean up a poopy crate haha). We're just worried if we do it that way, she'll never get crate trained!
:)

You can do housetraining with the crate at any time
And you can do it in stages simultaneously with other methods
My logic is that if a dog is going on themselves repeatedly in the crate, the point of the crate is being negated (crates as a housetraining method rely on the fact that they don't like to lie in their own mess)
Example with our current puppy, he can't hold it all night. So I use an exercise pen with waterproof crib liners at night in our room. He pees once a night on one side, and sleeps on the other
Later when he gets bigger, I can try to do the night training
I work on it during the day for now (crating, tethering, supervision)
If I crated him, he would come out covered in pee, setting us back further
Or he would need to go out during the night (I need my sleep lol!)
The same logic would hold for daytime...one can use the pen or gated bathroom for the day and then use supervision/crate at night and weekends
See how it goes! I'm sure she will do great
 

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That makes a lot of sense. I get it. Are these puppy pens sturdy enough that they won't fall over if puppies jump on them? We'd be worried about that too :)
 

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What type of dog (weight)?
Depends on the dog
You would have to make sure it can hold her
A gated puppy proofed bathroom works well too, as long as they can't jump the gate
 

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She's an (almost) 12 week old chocolate lab mix puppy. She weighs about 10 lbs now but I'm sure she'll grow fast. We wouldn't want to use it with her forever- just while she's a puppy & still growing/learning.
 

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Ok 10 lbs you will be able to find a pen or gate that can hold her easily
Just watch the height (some of them come in different heights)
Pens are a great tool for a lot of uses with puppies
And you're right as she grows she'll get bigger so fast things will fall into place nicely
For this week, go with the "Whatever works" strategy! :)
 
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