|Barked: Thu Aug 29, '13 2:19pm PST |
My fiance and I have a 4 year old dog and have been talking for a few years now about adopting a 2nd. Although we know the benefits of adopting an older dog, we have our hearts set on a puppy.
I actually work from a home office, so the new addition won't be left home alone. However, I do work full time, 8+ hours a day, and need to keep my office area quiet while I'm working.
I'm planning on setting up a puppy area in our kitchen. I do get regular breaks, plus 45 minutes off for lunch. During my breaks and lunch time I can take the puppy out to use the bathroom and play with him a bit. Plus we do have our older dog to keep him company as well.
But I'm trying to decide if I want to crate train, or if, instead of a crate, I should get a larger pen or section off a section of the kitchen.
We crate trained our older dog and it worked out well, but I only worked part time then so the older dog didn't have to stay in his crate for more than maybe 4 hours a day, if that. The new puppy will need to be contained for an average of 8 hours a day, minus the time I spend with him on my breaks, plus at night.
I was thinking that a larger pen would give him more space to move around and play. I do realize that it might make potty training harder. I don't mind that so much, I'm more trying to figure out the best way to contain him while I get my work done.
Basically I guess I need to contain him for his own safety - because I won't be able to keep a close eye on him while I'm working and I don't want him getting into anything when I'm not there to supervise. His safety and happiness is my main concern, getting him potty trained is really secondary to me.
I just feel kind of bad putting a young puppy in a crate for such a large chunk of the day. Even with breaks, it seems like a long time to leave him cooped up. Plus I'll need to crate him again at night while I'm sleeping, at least until he's a bit older and better trained.
Advice? Which would be better for my situation?
What about using a combination of a crate and a pen? Maybe I could crate him at night and during the day when he's napping, but stick him in the pen for awhile when he seems to have more energy?
One more thing, sorry this is so long - Can anyone actually recommend a good, sturdy pen? I bought one before to try with my older dog when he was younger and he learned that if he pushed against the side of the pen, he could slowly move it across the floor
If I do opt for a pen, I want something that is very sturdy, even if the dogs push against the sides.
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