Dog Experience: Well, some, but I'm rusty. I've owned 3 puppies prior to the current, but have not owned a dog since I lived at home with my parents before college. I am now 27. I know and accept that they will make a mess of some things as I have experienced that lovely part of a puppies growth before. That won't shake me nor is it likely raise my ire. Only problem is that most the puppy rearing/decisions were made by my parents since they "knew" best at the time. The Situation: I have a girlfriend. We own a house complete with yard. We have two cats, both of which we've owned for more than a couple of years and acquired them as kittens. We work within 8 blocks of home so getting home for lunch break, even coordinating lunches so that the dog can spend less time in her confines is easily remedied. The Pup: 9-10 week old female welsh corgi acquired last weekend. The not so dramatic dilemma that I need peoples' opinions on: Were crate training her. The evening is very successful, she hasn't pee'd on her dog bed during the evening since the first night which I find a little amazing. The day is another story. She soiled her puppy bed the first couple of days while we were at work/out. Mind you, we both come home at separate lunch breaks to maximize her unconfined time and we have run the bed through the laundry every time she soiled it and also clean the tray w/ hot water and dish soap the best we can. Anyway, we decided not to put the dog bed in the crate during the day b/c of her success in the evenings and not wanting her to change that habit due to peeing on it during the day. Is there a recommended bedding we could use as a replacement that would discourage her from peeing in the crate? I prefer to avoid using puppy pads for the same reason I don't like putting a pee stained bed in her crate at night, it seems counter productive. Should we confine her to the kitchen, placing her crate, complete with bed on one side of the room and a puppy pad on the other? We do a fairly good job of confining her to the areas one of us is in when we are home so she can't stray far from us. We usually put a pad down kind of as a back up and to give her a place to go should we have to leave the room for a brief period of time. We're having about a 60-70 percent success rate w/ her pad usage when these accidents happen, but we do a good job of taking her outside often when we are home. Any advice, new perspectives/approaches, and corrections to any of my assumptions would be appreciated. Also, I realize she is young and we might be jumping the gun on any questions/concerns since we are in week 1 of dog ownership.