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Ivy spends 3.5 hrs in her xpen while I am at work in the mornings. She whines when I leave but she does settle because I peaked through the back window at her before I came home and she was sleeping. When we are home I leave the xpen open but she never goes in there or in the crate that's in there.
When she naps should I put her in her crate? She sleeps in her crate in my room at night just fine I just wasn't sure how important it is that she be in her crate downstairs.
What do you guys do with your puppies? Let them nap wherever or make them nap in their crate?
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I think if you can keep a close eye on your pup so that the moment it wakes up you can get it to its potty place then you don't have to make it sleep in its crate/expen during the day but this will require extra vigilance on your part.


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I let my 6 1/2 month old nap wherever she feels like it. But I used to sometimes place her in the pen when she was younger after she fell asleep because then I could close the pen door and not have to watch her for awhile. When the pen was in the living room, she'd often go in there to nap anyway.


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I let my 6 1/2 month old nap wherever she feels like it. But I used to sometimes place her in the pen when she was younger after she fell asleep because then I could close the pen door and not have to watch her for awhile. When the pen was in the living room, she'd often go in there to nap anyway.
This is what Ludo does, too.

You could also get some dog beds and place them around or a sweatshirt of yours or something (bet she loves your smell) so she has some napping "spots". I wouldn't worry about it being the xpen and crate. As long as you can put her in there when you need to (running out, etc).

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Thanks guys. I just wasn't sure if I should be putting her in there more often. I am definitely not getting much done around the house. When I am home and she is awake I feel like I should be spending time with her so chores pretty much wait until she is napping and I can sneak off. If she hears me leave the room she pops up and has to follow me.
She is really good about going to the door if she needs to pee but I am paranoid about her having accidents in the house. I feel like every accident is a step away from total house breaking.
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Thanks guys. I just wasn't sure if I should be putting her in there more often. I am definitely not getting much done around the house. When I am home and she is awake I feel like I should be spending time with her so chores pretty much wait until she is napping and I can sneak off. If she hears me leave the room she pops up and has to follow me.
She is really good about going to the door if she needs to pee but I am paranoid about her having accidents in the house. I feel like every accident is a step away from total house breaking.
Yup, it's like having a newborn HUMAN baby in the house. And you are doing just the right thing staying so on top of the potty training. An accident here and there isn't the end of the world, but the faster and more reliably you can instill GOOD habits in her, the faster you'll have a really reliable potty trained dog!


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Oh my gosh Rayven.... you're not kidding! I'm not getting anything done. And even whenI leave the house I feel so incredibly guilty I have to rush home! If we lived close enough we could save each other with puppy play dates!

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Oh my gosh Rayven.... you're not kidding! I'm not getting anything done. And even whenI leave the house I feel so incredibly guilty I have to rush home! If we lived close enough we could save each other with puppy play dates!
That would be great! Too bad we're not in the same country! Lol
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