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Is this pen area too small?

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We have a 9 week old Havanese named Nikey and we have a 4'x4' pen area at home where we have his crate and his training pad. As we need to get back to work, we are wondering if this space is too small for Nikey to spend the day while we are at work. Thoughts?

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A little on the small side. six by four or bigger would be better. His crate would take up much of that. How long do you plan on leaving him alone. ? Here's more http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...-housetraining

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we have the iris 3'X3' and at first we had his crate in there to get him used to it but he sleeps so wonderfully at night we just took it out because it took up WAY too much room. 4'X4' is probably the same (too small) like Dave said, if you're going to keep the crate in there as well.
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It depends entirely on whether or not he uses his potty area 100 percent of the time. Only when he does is it okay to allow more freedom. The size can gradually be increased, but he needs to earn the freedom, if you want him to be reliable. If given too much space, and he goes backwards in his training, you have to go back in size.
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It depends entirely on whether or not he uses his potty area 100 percent of the time. Only when he does is it okay to allow more freedom. The size can gradually be increased, but he needs to earn the freedom, if you want him to be reliable. If given too much space, and he goes backwards in his training, you have to go back in size.
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What he said.

During the day, Toby has now earn enough trust that I can leave his enclosure open all day long. When he is tired, he goes to his bed on his own to sleep. He hasn't had accidents in the house for almost 3 full days. Of course, we have been home and taking him out as soon as he wakes up and every couple of hours. We also don't leave him alone in a room at any time. He always has someone watching over him for now, just to make sure that if he needs to potty, he is either taken outside or to his litter box.

However, at night, I had to restrict his sleeping quarters to just his crate and his litter box since the first couple of nights he started peeing on the floor next to the box. He has been using his box at night now, so I may give him a tiny bit of more space at night just to see how it goes.

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