Can I leave the crate door open for my new puppy?

So, I was given a 10-week-old puppy last weekend. Not ideal timing for me, but I am very happy to have him and plan to spoil him as I’ve always spoiled my other dog.

As I attempt to get back into my work schedule, I am finding that I’m not functioning well at work when I don’t get a full night’s sleep (go figure!)

I crate trained my first dog, so I’m also trying to crate train the puppy. I’m wondering if the modified crate training I’m doing at night is good or bad.

My solution for the past 2 nights has been:

I have an extremely narrow kitchen. I push the puppy’s crate 3 feet from the wall and keep the door open. This gives him his crate to sleep in, but about 3×4′ of enclosed space just outside his crate for eliminating on weewee pads and newspapers. Just behind his crate, I put my other dog’s crate… so he doesn’t feel alone.

The result so far: he hasn’t messed his crate. He’s using the weewee pads very well. Almost no crying at night.

It almost seems too good to be true. Is this going to teach him the wrong thing in the long run? Or will I be okay to do this until his bladder is a little bigger…?

THANKS!!

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6 Responses to “Can I leave the crate door open for my new puppy?”

  1. Eric Banks says:

    Hey I see that you need some sort of guide that will give you tips and tricks
    to help your dog become fully trained and more healthy. Recently one of my friends really
    needed some advice on how to train his dog, he followed the dog training academy course
    to successfully have a full trained dog in a few weeks.

    Best Regards;

  2. Annabella Byrd says:

    Hi there..I noticed you require some tips and tricks to help train your dog. A colleague of mine was in the same shoes a few weeks back before she tried the dog training home study course. The result turned out splendidly as her dog showed remarkable progress just within some weeks.

  3. Joana Forester says:

    Hey I see that you need some sort of guide that will give you tips and tricks
    to help your dog become fully trained and more healthy. Recently one of my friends really
    needed some advice on how to train his dog, he followed the dog training academy course
    to successfully have a full trained dog in a few weeks.

    Best Regards;

  4. Danielle M. says:

    when i crate trained my puppy she would do the same so i took a blanket i had just laying around anyways and put it over her crate this way she couldn’t see us up moving around and stuff. this worked really well.
    good luck

  5. J Alves says:

    You will have to find a way to transfer peeing on the pads to peeing outside but otherwise it should be okay. see the site below for suggestions

  6. Berry says:

    It’s a perfect solution for your puppy. You’re teaching him that the crate is his home and protected area and allowing him to learn not to pee where he sleeps! As he gets older and learns to pee outside instead of on pee pads it shouldnt be a problem at all to take away the open space in front of his crate. Of course, the first few days with the door closed might receive some whining complaints from him, but as long as he feels safe in his crate he will get over this very quickly!

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