Hello everyone. This is my first post, but I‘ve read a lot, annd do really appreciate everybody‘s opinion around here. This is certainly a great place to learn more from very experienced owners. My wife and I just got our EM puppy named Bane. He id turning 10 weeks. Potty training has been going very well (no accidents except for one the very first day). We did connect his crate to a large play pen where he spends time while we are not at home. With that being said, he likes his crate (has his bed inside and is just about the right size). However, he would only going in for 30 minute periods and we have not closed the door of it yet. At night, he sleeps on the floor of his play pen, but doesn‘t really go to his crate for longer periods. Should we start training on going to the crate more often/longer? Having him in the play pen works well, but I‘m a little concerned about the time when he gets bigger. Will EMs still accept the boundaries of a play pen, or will they just start pushing it around? We take him to three walks per day and have hours of play time. At the same time, he will be going to puppy school, and we have started socialization (neighbors, my parents, some kids etc.). Sorry about the long post. My questions are really about the crate behavior and the play pen as soon as he gets bigger. We are looking for a solid solution while we are away from work. As many of you can probably confirm, it wouldn‘t be the best idea to give a 3-6 month old EM unlimited access to the entire house while we are gone. Thank you in advance.