Join Date: May 2018
Location: Summers: Crested Butte, CO. Home Base: Stillwater, OK
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In the beginning if the ex-pen is too large the puppy may not seek out the potty tray. I had a 6 x 3ft ex-pen and ended up putting two potty trays next to each other because Patti was getting close but ended up doing her job next to one potty tray. She was 8 weeks and weighed 3.5lbs. It wasn't long before I removed one of the potty trays. Patti instinctively went to the potty tray to do there job.
Initially, I put a small sleeping crate inside the ex-pen, but removed it pretty quickly. It was one of those plastic enclosed crates, open at the ends, vented at the top, with a handle on top. Patti was climbing on top of it after a few weeks and I was concerned about her getting herself caught between the ex-pen and crate. In addition, she was trying to climb out the top of the ex-pen at 12 weeks or younger.
When the crate was in the ex-pen, I left the crate door open for her to go in and out into the ex-pen or into the room connected to the ex-pen when when its door was open. When she went to sleep I closed the crate door if she was in it, or put her in the crate if she fell asleep next to it, to get her use to the door being closed. Sometimes I closed the crate door for a short time while she played inside, again to get her use to it.
At night I took the crate out and put it in our bedroom. I found the plastic crate was too hot and ended up buying a wire crate and sometimes covered it at night or during the day for naps. At that point, I took the crate out of the ex-pen and put in a little bed. Patti always preferred sleeping on the floor (it was cooler) or on top of a little blanket. The ex-pen sat on a tile floor.
Last edited by Mikki; 08-28-2019 at 02:10 PM.