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Puppy's first time alone

I brought my pup, Butters, home about a week and a half ago and so far he has not been left alone. In a week, I will have to leave him alone in the house for about 2 hours for the first time.

He sleeps in a hard plastic crate with a divider in our bedroom and has been an absolute dream in there. I put him in when I go to bed and he doesn't make a peep until I get up in the morning and walk past him to get dressed. We have another wire crate in the family room where I feed him and give him bones or a kong. He also goes in there on his own throughout the day to nap or chew on a toy and I rarely close the door. I have closed it for short periods so I could shower, or do other things around the house for a few minutes. He whines a bit when I do this and although he calms down, when he hears me or sees me he will whine sometimes. I only open the door when he's calm and not whining.

My question is, which crate should I leave him in for his first time alone? He does so well in the bedroom crate and I'd hate to ruin that but I also think he might be more comfortable in there since that's where he sleeps at night. The wire crate also doesn't have a divider so it is way too big for him and he could potty in there and get away from it. He has never pottied in either crate and I'd like to keep it that way. I do have a divider for the wire crate if necessary.

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It sounds like he would do fine in either one but I guess I would choose the smaller one just in case. 2 hours should not be a problem for him. It is best if you don't make a big deal about leaving or returning. Just be very matter of fact. Have him nicely tired out before you leave put him in the crate, say something like I'll be back soon and go. Then when you return don't make a big deal about the greeting even though he will be excited, just take him directly outside and return to life as normal.

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