You will find that things will work out well if your Maltese puppy has his own area. And, within that area, are items that will keep him happy, comfortable, and well-taken care of.
A designated area is important for several reasons:
1. To help with housebreaking.
Until your puppy is fully house trained
, this will keep messes and accidents limited to one location. If not, a new puppy will pee and poo just about everywhere. Not only can this be overwhelming to properly clean, any trace odors are a signal to repeat the action there.
2. To keep his important teething toys near him. Maltese puppies begin teething around the 3 to 4 month mark. During this time, there is a much better chance that your pup will seek out his toys for comfort if they are very easily accessible. This also limits chewing on non-toy items.
3. For when a pup is home alone.
Most puppies do not handle being alone very well, and this can increase as each month goes by as the Maltese puppy is becoming more aware of his surroundings. Part of resolving separation anxiety issues
involves supplying the pup with his own 'den' for a feeling of security.
4. Keeps the puppy safe.
Any time that you cannot keep your Maltese puppy close by your side, having him in his area will keep him out of trouble.
This is also for when these are lots of visitors to the home, as a place to have him rest if you are running the vacuum or doing other cleaning, and any other times that you need him off of the floor.
Methods for providing a designated area:
Do not use a crate.
Crates are terribly confining, and being in such a small area can cause both physical and emotional stress. In addition, keeping a puppy in a very small crate does not help with housebreaking at all. Puppies have very little bladder and bowel control and will go to the bathroom when the body needs to; they cannot 'hold it in'.
Gates are an option; however, these do have some cons. If you gate off an entire room, this may remove the element of a puppy feeling secure. In addition, the entire gated off area will need to be constantly puppy-proofed.
Indoor canine playpens are a great choice.
These offer a big enough area for a puppy to move around and play, and also to hold all of his important belongings. However, these are small enough that it keeps the pup confined to one area to control messes and provide a feeling of safety. These can also be easily moved from one room to the other.