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Hi everyone,
We're new to this forum so thanks for reading! :)

Here's a little background:
-We just got a 9 week old Maltipoo named Bubba 2 days ago (We realize this thread may be a little early, but we just want to make sure we're not doing anything wrong, creating bad habits early-on)
-We are crate/paper training him. We are gone 2 days/week. All other days, someone is home to watch him. We move him in the crate around the house with us when we can't watch him.
- He has his "Playpen" which is our bathroom where we keep his water and and two potty pads.
- The crate gives him just enough room to stand, lie down and turn around. We put a chew toy and a cuddle toy in there for him
- We alternate feeding him in the playpen and in the crate (so he knows his crate is not a form of punishment)
- we feed him at the same times each day and crate him at night time and wake up every 2 hours to take him to potty in the playpen
- He doesn't potty in his crate, so this isn't an issue.
- We are training him to be an indoor dog (to pee on the puppy pad in a designated area)

Here's the problem:
-90% of the time we take him to potty, we wait about 10 mins and the whole time, he ends up playing around in the playpen and as soon as we bring him out and play in the room, he potty's on the carpet or wood floor. We bring him to the potty pads immediately, but he's already done pottying.

1) Are we confusing him by putting the puppy pads in his playpen? Should we put his crate in the playpen so that there's just enough room to either be in the crate or on the puppy pads?

2) From reading other threads, we understand that it's not a good idea to try and train the dog to pee indoors... has anyone had success? We'd love to train him to pee in the bathroom in the designated corner - is this false hope?

2) How long does it take to housebreak a new puppy?
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