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Palace Routine

March 8, 2014, 1:20 PM
Q: Hello Dr Pup, I have been using the Pup Pee Poo Palace for my now 14 week old puppy and it's been a God send. I have a question on night time use of the Palace. Ever since I got him at 11 weeks old, at night I put him in and close the door with a chew toy around 11:00pm when we all go to bed and get up and take him out at 6:00am and start the day. Is this correct procedure... should I now add the play pen extension or is night time for sleeping only? I want to train him right but don't want him to get bored. Thanks.
A: So glad that the Palace has worked well for you. Since he does well overnight I would suggest that you don't change that routine. We have found adding a pen after the first couple weeks does make for a nice transition between just the palace and free run of the house, I would suggest using that to expand his environment during the day when you are not actively engaged with him, once he demonstrates that he returns to his pad from the pen then you can expand his area even further. If you are going to have him away from the palace and pen you can also take the pad and tray with you.