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    Training a Pomeranian puppy - pen/crate

    Hello.
    I know that there were similar topics but I would want an advice from you about my individual situation.
    I am going to get my puppy in 3 weeks when he turns 10 weeks old. I live in an apartment so I want to potty train him to use a tray indoor. I dont want him to do his needs outdoors. I am working in an office where I would sometimes take my puppy with me so the xpen is a great option, when he is going to stay home alone he would also be put in the pen (until he gets older and trained). It would be great if he could be trained to deal with his needs in one spot. So I got a few questions.
    Is it a good idea to put a crate (with door open all the time) inside the xpen? Should I put the pee holder tray inside the crate on one half and food bowl on the other half?
    Should I put a little sleeping bed in the xpen?
    I would probably need to put pee pads all over the pen so I am concerned if he wont think that the pen is his bathroom.
    I want the dog to night sleep in my bedroom so I would take the x-pen there but I would want him to be in the living room during the day, is it a good idea to switch the pen between bedroom/living room?
    I would also like him to have a spot in the living room where he could eat and take a nap. Should i take his bowls outside every time he is out the pen?
    Should I take the crate with the pee pad tray outside the pen or should I put him in the crate at his proper pee time?

    I got a lot of questions but this is what did not let me sleep last night I would appreciate your help.

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    Re: Training a Pomeranian puppy - pen/crate

    If you want him to do his business on the tray indoors do not put it inside his crate (unless it's a Great Dane sized crate). You don't want him to learn to potty in his sleeping/eating space. Trust me, it took 7 years to finally, completely undo what my Shih Tzu's first owners taught her.

    I'd do an ex-pen set up with a litter tray and crate with them being as far away from each other as possible in the ex-pen. Basically like a mini-kennel with the crate as the dog house. Use cheap towels as bedding until you know he won't eat them or mess on them. That way they are easy to clean if soiled and cheap to replace if shredded.

    I've seen three week old puppies start to get the idea that the pads were for their business in less than a week. Start with the whole floor of the pen covered and gradually remove some pads, always leaving one soiled one until there is just one pad in the place you want it.

    I'd leave the ex-pen in the living room and either take the crate to your bedroom or get a second crate for night sleeping. Ex-pens are annoying to set up and moving it twice a day will get old quick.

    His napping place should be his crate for the first few months to years.

    He doesn't need access to food 24/7 and its better that way so you know when he will need to poop. The food bowl can stay where you intend to feed him consistently, either in the ex-pen or the kitchen. There's nothing wrong with having multiple watering stations, just don't keep moving them.

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    Re: Training a Pomeranian puppy - pen/crate

    Does it make sense to have the crate? Maybe it would just be better to have bedding and food in the ex-pen without the crate? Or just have a sleeping crate in the bedroom and ex-pen in the living room?

    Do you think litter tray with litter inside would be better than the flat tray with a pee pad? It might help him identify the litter as his potty.

    Should I buy a second ex-pen for my office? I want the cloth material ones with flooring so they should be easy folding.

    Okay so his food bowl will be in the ex-pen and I will get 2 water bowls and put it inside and outside the pen.
    BTW I never seen any toy dog have a crate in my country But seems like its common in USA.

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    Re: Training a Pomeranian puppy - pen/crate

    All dogs should be crate trained. That way traveling and stays in kennels and vet clinics aren't as stressful.

    I would prefer a dog that does his business outside (only pooping or being allowed in this house must be done on the toilet) but if indoor potty training is a must then I'd stick with pee pads. They are easier to clean up.

    Careful with cloth ex-pens/crates and dogs that aren't trained to respect them. You may get a puppy that chews its way out.

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    Re: Training a Pomeranian puppy - pen/crate

    I had to mull over the decision of having a puppy in the crate Really I never seen it before but guess its not a bad thing if the crate is opened. I was thinking if the crate was just for sleeping and putting the food bowl outside (in the ex-pen), would it work?

    I prefer him to do his need indoor because of two things - children playing all around the condo so I dont want anyone to give my puppy mad looks, and during his stay in the office where I am mostly busy and there is not much of grass around the building. So Im gonna stay with indoor potty training. Did you see the pee pad holder trays? I was thinking about getting those but not sure which one to pick, I think the fenced ones would be better so the puppy will have it easier to hit the target :P

    I am going to try the cloth ones and change it if the puppy wont like it.

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    Last edited by m4gnum; 01-11-2017 at 08:27 PM.

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