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Crate separator question

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Marvel is now 16 weeks old and he's got his full crate training. And furthermore, he's not eliminating in his crate anymore. I bought a full size crate (good for adult dobermans) and I'm using it with a separator since I read that a corner of a large crate could be used as a bathroom by puppies. Now since he learnt to not eliminate in his crate, do you think I should remove this separator to make him a larger space, or should I increase his space gradually as he grows?
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I might wait a little longer before removing a divider and giving him the full size crate for space....

A lot of it depends on how long he has to stay in the crate in one stretch. Usually they say a puppy can stay in his crate without a potty break about the same number of hours in one stretch as the puppy is months old. So a 4 month old puppy should be able to stay dry for about 4 hours without a break in his crate, and so on. Generally they can stay dry longer at night when they are likely to be sleeping most of the night.

If he has to stay in the crate for a length of time that is right at the top of his ability to "hold it", you should probably still keep the divider in.
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I put him night time like from 9pm until 7am but since I sleep late I give him a potty break like 1 am before going bed. So basically he can hold from 1am to 7am. During day time we occasionally put him in crate (no more than 2-3 hours in total) since most of times there is someone at home.
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It's generally better to err on the side of caution--the last thing you want him to do is have an accident and then develop a habit of peeing in his crate.
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