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Bentley has a back room with a baby gate too. His crate, water and toys are in there but absolutely nothing else other than a big freezer. I thought it was 100% safe for him until one day I saw him trying to stick his nails into the wall socket
I bought the little plastic plugs for sockets, they're "baby proof" and so far, puppy proof.

Good point too...I had forgotten about these. Making note to buy some plugs....

I did have a puppy once who's crate was set up by the computer..I was on the computer a lot doing genealogy and this way she was near me always when I was working.....we thought she was safe, we learned differently when the power cord somehow got through the little holes in the side, it was a plastic crate, and Maggie bit the cord and got a shock...she was fine, I think my heart stopped...although Maggie never did go near any cord again...still I think I would have preffered to train her in a different way not to chew cords...
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We use both. We were VERY VERY lucky that Bear is so eager to please and not too investigative. A few sniffs and then he is bounding back to play fetch or wrestle or tug or cuddle (for 5 secs! )

We have cats - so the cats get the back half of our very small house. We're also a young couple just starting out, so during the day he is put in the x-pen attached to his crate. He spends most of the time sleeping or chewing on his bully stix / Wubba / etc. Then when we're home, he gets the run of 1/2 the house.

If my husband and I are in the living room and Bear simply REFUSES to stay out of the kitchen (where we cannot see him from the living room), we'll drag the x-pen over and block off that area so he's always in our sight.

I got the extra tall x-pen which is a good thing b/c this little munchkin can almost climb over the baby gates.

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i use a baby gate in the hallway when I'm not home so chester can be in the hallway instead of his crate. i would like to buy a x pen but my home doesn't have the space for it.
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oh man, I forgot about the baby plug protectors!

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I use both, all the time. I have gates strategically placed and I use the x-pens as instant gates. If you're not sure what will be most useful, place a gate in the doorway you think you'll need it, and get a tall x-pen you can move around.

The biggest thing is to teach the puppy to respect the gates from the beginning. Pretty soon he'll be big enough to knock down almost anything. My Tess and Tucker are good about the gates (well, Tess has figured out how to open one...), but Bella who we got full-grown has no problem with knocking them down, etc. in fact she just escaped and is wandering around my bedroom as I type this...
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The biggest thing is to teach the puppy to respect the gates from the beginning. Pretty soon he'll be big enough to knock down almost anything.
This reminds me of my best friend's great dane Zeus. When he was a tiny puppy he knocked over the gate and it made a loud noise that apparently scarred him for life. At 9.5 years old and 170lbs he was still afraid of it! We could just lean the gate against the door frame and he wouldn't go near it. It was such a riot.

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As long as you guys are thinking of buying outlet plug ins, they also sell these cord protectors for any cords you don't want chewed up!
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I use a large eight panel puppy playpen for Loki when I have to pop out for a couple of hours. We removed the dining table & put the pen up in that area, which is just off the kitchen. I also find the playpen handy for timeout (not more than ten minutes which is long enough for him to settle down if he is being too bouncy or is annoying our smaller, older papillon). He does jump up & down when he first goes into it, but very quickly calms & usually is snoozing by the time I leave the house. I know he is totally safe in the pen. I would not want to put him in the crate, as not much room. We only use the crate for him to sleep in overnight. I haven't used baby gates, as he is always with us when we are home. I guess we might need to use a baby gate when he gets too big for the pen, but then again ..if he is big enough to jump out of the pen, I guess he would jump over the gate. Mmmmm
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As long as you guys are thinking of buying outlet plug ins, they also sell these cord protectors for any cords you don't want chewed up!
Also added to the list, thank you!!


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I use a large eight panel puppy playpen for Loki when I have to pop out for a couple of hours. We removed the dining table & put the pen up in that area, which is just off the kitchen. I also find the playpen handy for timeout (not more than ten minutes which is long enough for him to settle down if he is being too bouncy or is annoying our smaller, older papillon). He does jump up & down when he first goes into it, but very quickly calms & usually is snoozing by the time I leave the house. I know he is totally safe in the pen. I would not want to put him in the crate, as not much room. We only use the crate for him to sleep in overnight. I haven't used baby gates, as he is always with us when we are home. I guess we might need to use a baby gate when he gets too big for the pen, but then again ..if he is big enough to jump out of the pen, I guess he would jump over the gate. Mmmmm
I'm leaning towards using this same approach - crate at night in our room until he can hold it for 6+ hours, baby gated area in a hard surfaced room when we aren't home.


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