Just because you can be home all day to supervise your puppy doesn’t mean the crate is obsolete. Your puppy should spend time in the crate every day. Not only is this a good, safe place for your dog to hang out, it will make the transition easier when the pup is crated for periods of time in the future while you’re out of the house. If you prefer a gate to confine the pup to a certain area, use that too. Set up the area with your dog’s crate or bed and potty pads if you are using them.

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