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  1. #21
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    Well, at least she's starting to show some personality!

    I may have to buy a large crate to confine her when I'm out of the house. Another expense I can do without!

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    you could use her crate that she has for sleeping, as long as you don't leave her in it for longer than she can control her bladder

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    Well, thats the thing - I can't leave her in her sleeping crate more that an hour or so, she's only 12 weeks old. I need something thats big enough for her bed, water bowl and toilet pads.

    We have taped up the mat to the play pen, so with some luck, maybe that will keep her inside it for awhile.

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    Congrats on bringing Pip home! Finally

    Don't worry too much, it's early days yet so until she settles she will be abit jumpy and anxious and all that. Molly was the same - jumped at anything, now she has too much confidence and has turned into a little monster!

    As for the cat's it's the sulking period. I had two cat's who were so inquisitive when we bought Molly home and they all get on great.. she does bully them a little bit but when they feel really annoyed or frightened they soon put her back into place - The other one is still.. well.. sulking. Lol

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    Start of day 4! Cats are still not happy, but are getting used to the situation. For 2 nights now, both cats have come in once it got dark (I keep them in at night) so obviously their desire for tasty food has over come their annoyance at the pup!

    Toilet training is going well. If we aren't paying attention and she needs to go she will take herself to the puppy pad. Once the cats stop wanting to slap her I will teach her how to use the cat flap to let herself out.

    We brought her into the city yesterday to meet a friend for coffee. She walked happily in amongst all the scary legs and coped really well with the traffic noise. I did pick her up when we got into heavier crowds, but she still did great.

    She sleeps through the night. I wake her at 7.30am, but I think if I let her she would stay there for a lot longer, but I worry that she hasn't peed all night! Funny thing I've noticed, if I put anything in her crate with her she goes nuts! The hot water bottle was the first thing and last night I put in a stuffed rabbit toy and she barked and growled for ages, I took it out and she settled immediately.

    She is definately growing on us!

    I have been trying to upload photos but it won't work, I will try again later.

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    The fact that puppy doesn't like to toilet in the play pen unless absolutely necessary is a good sign and I'd be starting to give puppy more room because before you know it puppy will be wanting to use the cat flap to toilet outside.

    Is there a reason puppy cannot be left outside when you go out?

    Which room is the catflap in. If it's the kitchen like most rather than get a crate I'd invest in baby gates or have someone handy make some home made ones (that's what ours are) to block off puppy to carpeted areas (puppies are drawn to absorbent surfaces).

    If your house is too open plan then I'd consider outside, unless of course you are only gone for an hour or so.

    I personally hate it when people leave dogs in crates for hours on end (except at night). Be like locking ourselves every day for several hours in the bathroom - boring.

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    Not so worried about her toileting now, she has been fairly consistant with no major accidents, just once she missed the pad by a few inches. The main reason for wanting her in a play pen is so she doesn't trash the place when we are out - the house is open plan.

    I can't leave her outside by herself at the moment, one because it has been freezing here and she seems to really feel the cold, but mostly because she hasn't learned not to chase the cats yet. Not worried for her, but we spent many years training the cats not to wander - they never leave the back garden (on a couple of occasions they have got over the fence to next door, but thats unusual) If they are being chased by the dog they will jump the fence and be out - they are not street smart and I don't want them wandering, plus we have a mother and baby possum living in our date palm out front, I want them left in peace

    There is a second reason I want her to spend time in an enclosure. I am starting my own small business from home, sewing dog coats, beds and costumes. The cats aren't allowed into my sewing room, but I would like the dog to be in with me during the day. I can't have her wandering the room because there is a high chance of there being pins on the floor, so she needs a restricted area where she can be - not so much for toileting, I can bring her outside for that, but more to keep her out of trouble.

    The cats have free run of the house, and most of the time during the day they can come and go through the cat flap. The play pen will be an area just for the dog. Once she has learned what she can and cannot chew, I will leave it open, it will just be her room.

    At most, I am only ever out for a few hours at a time, so she certainly won't be locked in there all day. When I am home, she has free run.

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