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    Play Pen Drama

    I just adopted a little 8 week old beagle/daschund mix puppy. We are crate training her and she has not had any accidents in her crate and seems to really like it. I have also set up a playpen for her in my kitchen to help keep her out of trouble when I cant keep my eye on her. The problem is, she doesnt seem to like it in the play pen. She pees in on the floor and whines (even if she had JUST been outside to pee) . How do I stop this behavior, or do I stop using the playpen...which has all her toys and is a large space for her to play safely?

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    Lisa

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    Re: Play Pen Drama

    You need to take a puppy outside after sleeping, playing, eating, drinking & every hour in between. Have you supplied her with a toilet in the playpen? Have you read the stickeys at the top of this forum?

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    Re: Play Pen Drama

    Quote Originally Posted by CheerioandMe View Post
    I just adopted a little 8 week old beagle/daschund mix puppy. We are crate training her and she has not had any accidents in her crate and seems to really like it. I have also set up a playpen for her in my kitchen to help keep her out of trouble when I cant keep my eye on her. The problem is, she doesnt seem to like it in the play pen. She pees in on the floor and whines (even if she had JUST been outside to pee) . How do I stop this behavior, or do I stop using the playpen...which has all her toys and is a large space for her to play safely?

    Thanks!
    Lisa
    The trick in housetraining is to set up for sucesss - what Ian Dunbar calls Errorless Housetraining. If she makes very few mistakes, she will learn more quickly. A strict schedule is really a help in that respect, and not a burden.

    When in the house, your puppy should be either in her crate or supervised closely until she is actually housetrained. Playing with your pup indoors should be done right after she has eliminated - not before - so as to minimize the possibility of accidents.

    It may be too much to ask at this time for her to stay in a pen of any size by herself. She should be sleeping most of the time anyway at this age, so her crate would do fine.

    If you are absolutely sure she wants to be awake for a while, you could try a very small playpen - really just a tiny area around the crate - and see how she handles that. Or you can try tethering her to you as you go about the house. Either way, you will have to watch her closely so she can be taken out immediately if she starts to squat.

    As she shows she can handle it, you can expand the play area a little bit at a time and/or give her some "free time" off the tether - still under your supervision, of course.

    You should also keep in mind that there is a physical development that has to take place before a puppy can be fully housetrained - this usually takes until four months old at least.

    Your pup should know what you want her to do well before that if you go about it correctly - but her physical development hasn't caught up with her training. Until it does, it's up to you to prevent errors so as to reinforce the proper behavior.

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    Re: Play Pen Drama

    i attached the playpen to the opening side of the crate, its easy to do using zip-ties (buy a pack at home depot). used the crate divider on top of crate to fill that space. this way, at night i keep him in the crate to sleep. during the day he has more room in the playpen area, but can also go sleep in the crate.

    but i think the key is, 1) slowly expanding the area and 2) associating the pen with his crate. since the pen is attached to crate, he should get the idea that they are both his den area. also, what i did was start off with just one 'square' of the playpen attached. as long as no accidents for a few days, i would add another section of pen. i also put in a small rug since he likes my carpet and it would feel more cozy than cold floor. also only give him his monkey toy companion during day when alone in pen.

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