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TRAINING YOUR PUPPY TO USE A PLAY PEN

Having a new puppy in the house is great fun. But it makes sense to think ahead to when your puppy has grown into a full size dog and might be more in control of your household than you are!
By following some basic training tips when they are puppies, you can establish some really good behavioral patterns with your dog that will make your life easier in the long run and protect your furniture and belongings from unnecessary damage.
Don't feel too guilty if your puppy whines and moans at being put in the playpen. They have a need to be close to you in their early weeks of life but they will soon learn that you are not leaving them, just helping them learn some good habits. Without a playpen or confined area puppies can cause a lot of damage to your property or injure themselves.

1. First rule is to make sure your puppy has done his bathroom business before you put him in there. But you can put a special material for your puppy to toilet on while they are in the playpen.
2. Your playpen should be put in an area that is familiar to your puppy. This area will become your puppy's own play yard.
3. Your puppy's sleeping area/box should be put inside the play pen so that he gets used to being in there a lot. Put soft blankets and other comforts inside so he enjoys the space.
4. Your puppy needs a water bowl that can't be knocked over easily. If you leave your puppy in the play pen and then go out for a long time and they knock the bowl over, they will have nothing to drink. Likewise, buy a bowl that is not made of glass or ceramic to avoid any breakages and injuries.
5. You need to leave your puppy a selection of toys to play with in the playpen. About 4-6 toys is a good number and you should rotate them regularly. Chewing toys are also a good idea to buy along with rubber and puzzle ones.
Now you have set up a comfortable and safe environment for your puppy, you just need to put him in the playpen for a short time and slowly build it up so that he gets used to being in there. This will allow you to leave him alone for longer periods of time, knowing that he isn't wreaking havoc in your home while you are out.
Good Luck!

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