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I recently got a Labradoodle puppy. He is 9 weeks old as of yesterday, so still a baby!
Following picking him up, I took a week off of work to help him to get adjusted to our home. I have made sure he gets along well with our golden retriever and teaching the basics of potty training.

He does very well in the crate when he goes in at night time and I’ve been trying to get him used to being alone a few hours a day, he’ll spend this time in the crate (about two in mid morning and two in late afternoon). I work from home, although sometimes I do some daytime traveling working in the field, and do not want him to develop separation anxiety if I have to leave, if he gets used to me always being around. He is very snuggly and latches onto me when I am around.

Because he and our Golden can get crazy playing together, I bought a little play pen for our puppy to have some “calm down time” full of his toys and a blanket. Where he can still have room to play (as opposed to the crate) but he can be more peaceful. I figured this would help him learn to self-soothe and entertain himself when I am not around. I will work near him when he is in the pen (to supervise and make sure he does not have any accidents), however, if I walk away he will cry. I’ve tried to make the pen a positive thing by getting in and playing with his toys with him. I just did not want him to have to stay in the crate for hours on end to learn how to be alone!

Any other time of the day, he will sleep on the couch with my family, play with our other dog, or we take him outside to run around and lots of playing.

am I doing the right thing trying to help him learn to entertain himself and self soothe? Any tips? Anything helps!!!! Thank you
 
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