Crate training question
I am about to get a new GSD pup, in about 3 weeks time. Very exciting.
I have had dogs before but not for about the past 15 years. I'm planning on using crate training but had never heard of such a thing back then and besides I don't think crate training is that big here is Aus. Maybe it is now who knows!
I'm planning on getting quite a large crate and a divider to close it off so that the pup wont soil the crate. Unfortunately on about 2 days per week there will be nobody home for around 7 hours straight.
I'm sure such a young pup wouldn't be able to 'hold it in' for so long so is it wise to remove the divider and place a puppy pad on the far end of the crate on these days? Replacing the divider and removing the puppy pad when we are home again?
Thanks for your advice.