Ok so I am getting a new puppy in about two weeks and he will be about 8 weeks at that time. I live in an apartment on the third floor and until he has all of his shots I don't feel comfortable taking him down where all the other dogs go to the bathroom. My apartment has a small confined patio (probably 4x7 feet and completely safe as it has short walls instead of fencing and has almost a waterproof carpeted floor) so I plan on keeping a pee pad out there and I am hoping he will get the idea that outside is where we go to the bathroom. My question is that while I am not home (I am self employed so I can stop back home every 2-3 hours) could I put his crate and water out on the patio for those few hours I am gone? That way he can still use the pee pad on his own and wont have to try to hold it in his crate for the couple hours I am gone. Will it get too hot for him even if he has the shade of his crate? Should I just confine him in his crate inside for the couple hours I am gone? I would appreciate any opinions!