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    Default indoor puppy...need help

    after the loss of our 11 yr old golden retriever we have bought a new chocolate Labrador puppy.
    I haven't had a puppy since my retriever. I was very single and lived in a 2 bedroom flat with no yard ( I knew I would be moving into a house not long after) and I worked full time. My retriever stayed in the laundry and we had a lot of outdoor time before and after work. He slept in a porta cot (vets advice) . He turned out the best bloody dog one could ever ask for.

    fast forward and I am married with 3 kids, work 3 days a week , live in a big house with a big yard. I don't want new pup (he comes in 2 weeks) in our big yard by himself whilst still so little while I am at work. Plus it is 40 degree temps at the moment so also don't want him out there in that heat. We don't have a proper laundry and have no rooms we can really shut off (downside to open planning).

    do I get one of those soft fold down pet tents, or a wire enclosure that can go indoors?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pet-Playpen-...e2PQDrpCp8hsFw

    or

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-Panel-81-c...kAAOSwNuxXZpSy

    and also get

    https://www.pet-house.com.au/pets/so...---maroon.html

    I plan on taking him a lot of places , and like our retriever he always came to our inlaws with us . He was out of the puppy stage by then though so I didn't need to contain him.

    thanks

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    I'd look at crate training him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calstar View Post
    I'd look at crate training him
    I have read a fair bit on it and not sure I feel comfortable with it. He would be alone for 7 hours 3 days a week and information said not to leave them alone for more than 5 hours in the crate

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    Well the soft dog house wouldn't be too different.

    I would personally avoid both the soft options you listed.
    A dog left can become bored & destructive, and may well chew these apart because of that.

    The metal frame seems the best option you've listed. But I'm not sure how long it would last, as I don't think it's take much for a dog to jump it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calstar View Post
    Well the soft dog house wouldn't be too different.

    I would personally avoid both the soft options you listed.
    A dog left can become bored & destructive, and may well chew these apart because of that.

    The metal frame seems the best option you've listed. But I'm not sure how long it would last, as I don't think it's take much for a dog to jump it
    so with a crate then do I get the extra large size to cater for him growing bigger?

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    Yes I'd get an extra large one, to allow growth & that little extra room whilst small.
    It'll give him his own personal safe space too, if he ever wants to be left alone etc

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    Id also look at crate training. If he is home alone for an extended amount of time he is still going to need room to move about,play and toilet etc so maybe a large play pen for now. Add a few stimulating toys to keep his mind busy while he is alone too.


 

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