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Re: Play yard as an alternative to a crate

You can certainly use a doggy play pen in lieu of crate training. Even though I preach the importance of crate training, I feel the same results can be achieved with a pen.

What we did, is put the pen in our living room. This way Bodie was always centrally located in the house. I configured the pen so there was a designated potty area. As time went by that area got smaller and smaller before it was eventually gone. After a month or two of this we brought him into the bedroom with us overnight and put him in a crate. We only had to do this for a few weeks. He quickly proved he could hold it overnight and the crate was no longer necessary.

The pen was great and used pretty frequently up until recently.
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