You can always tweak crate training a bit. I know for me, I only crate at night or when no one is home or if I need to get a 'time out' from the puppy to get some work done that they are definitely in the way
. I also keep the crate in the bedroom so pup is reassured at night and I get sleep! Crate right beside my bed in fact.
Otherwise, I use closed doors and baby gates everywhere to keep the puppy in the same area I am in so I can get the 'house rules' started for my puppy. TONS OF TOYS all over the house so I can easily switch out an appropriate toy for the inappropriate pillow/shoes/shirt that the puppy may THINK is a good 'toy'.
If you have a huge house, you may want multiple crates. Ask your friends if they have a crate around. Specially the smaller sized ones cause you only will use them for a few months and then can return them. Also good for travel in the car to keep the puppy safe.
The partition should help though if you only have the one crate. That way it keeps smaller area and will help with potty training.
You find a puppy class yet? Big help to talk to others with puppies and get hints/tips/suggestions from people you see weekly and that are in the same situation!
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