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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-12-2007, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question New puppy - how long do you...

To anyone with a new puppy, or who recalls when there adult Hav was a puppy...

How long (in mins, hours etc..) should let him run around supervised in our house? Do all of you new puppy owners ever put in X-pen? is this ONLY when you are busy and cannot watch him?

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I do the same as Kara. Even with multiple dogs, they are part of my family and they are with us all the time unless we are doing something that wouldn't be good for them (e.g. leaving the garage door open to the street where they could run out and get hurt or killed).

However, when they are not potty trained, if I can't keep my eye on them or if they haven't urinated in a long time, then they go in the ex-pen, the backyard or wear a belly band for a short period of time. If they go out back, they get the older girls to "babysit" and entertain them.

Even my small puppies are with us free in the house and will climb in a bookcase, into a free bed in the living room or under the sofa table for a nap if they've worn themselves out. I like having them with all of us as much as possible.
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When each of my girls were puppies they were only in the ex-pen if we were running errands or at work and very occassionally for their nap times. Most of the time they were with us, exploring their world, even if we were doing household chores. Vacuuming the carpet was always fun with a puppy around!

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Oh yes, the vacuum is great entertainment here too, especially with Martha. She is almost two years old and still determined she is going to bully that thing (bark and leap at it) to get it to submit to her as the house alpha.
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I've never had an ex-pen. I had my first Havanese from a young pup, used a crate at night and during the day only when I couldn't watch her. Instead, I watched the puppy like a hawk, which was a pain at first, but resulted in early and complete housebreaking. It really required keeping her with me at all times, my learning her "signals" and giving lots and lots of praise (my neighbors probably wondered why I was doing the "happy dance" while singing "Good Girl!" at 11 at night. I got Maddie at 7 1/2 months, and restricted her movement for a week or so to a few rooms where I could see her. Since she was so good, I've let her have the run of the house since. She even has the run of the house when I have to leave for an hour or two. Both girls learned very quickly where I wanted them to do their business. I've been really, really lucky!!
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Asta had more freedom than the two dogs . I did not know any better abd he did not seem as difficult to train .
When Cosmo was a young puppy he was in the kitchen which was fenced and we would spend a lot of time there with him , When we went out he was crated - it just made me feel more comfortable and he learned about taking a nap .
Now it is summer we have a remodel going on . They have more freedom and they can play in the yard and they are with me in my office . When I leave I put them in the crate and they sleep in the crate at night . I had an X pen and a playpen when he was smaller but not now . He was not keen on either - he likes to sleep on the floor or if it is hot an air conditioning vent . He is almost a year .. Ahnold is a little more restless and he likes to sleep up not on the floor . Each has their own personality ..
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Quincy never had an ex-pen......just a crate.I kept him mostly confined to my kitchen(easier clean-up if necessary).My kitchen is always occupied...At night he is crated,and still is.He goes in on his own because he likes it I guess!I eventually gave him more and more freedom,and time on the carpet.I watched him like a hawk,because the hardest thing I think is catching them peeing.....a little boy can squat a little bit and you don't know if they are just playing,goofing around or they just peed because of the hair.I learned to pick him up and check his "pee pee hair".If it was wet,he went......... outside :frown:inside

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I used an xpen with all three of mine when they were puppies. It worked very well for us!! Yes, I only put them in there only when I could not supervise them, otherwise they were just my shadow. Not only does it keep your house free of accidents, but also keeps the pup safe when you cannot be around
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