We'll be getting our new puppy in a few weeks. We will be crate training. At night, should we have the puppy in a crate in our bedroom, or keep her downstairs, which is where we will have the crate during the day? I don't like to think of her being all alone downstairs (especially the 1st few nights) but I also don't like the thought of dragging the crate up and down the stairs each day!
I like my dog to sleep in the same room as me. the naturally want to do it. I think it is important for them. I have dog beds for my pups. I do not have crates for them in the room. even when they were pups. They slept the night through. I never had a problem. I do crate my dogs when i leave.
When we first got Georgie, we crated her next to our bed. I could hear when she needed to go potty and she knew we were close. We just have more than one crate. She seldom uses the on upstairs now though because once she was potty trained she worked her way into bed with us. She sleeps in bed with us at night and uses her doggy beds for naps during the day.
Yes, I'm thinking about buying a 2nd crate. Hate to do it, though. Maybe I can find one cheap at a yard sale! She'll probably end up sleeping in our bedroom in a dog bed, but I don't want to take a chance on her having an "accident" at night, especially at the beginning. My husband would probably throw both me and the pup out, lol! I hear so many of you say how quickly your dogs were house trained. I hope this goes as well for us! I'm afraid I'll be the one with all the horror stories!
alot of people use crates for their pets. i myself have an aversion to them . my frenchies came in crates. one from missouria and one from russia. after they arrived and we brought them into our house ,the crates went out to the shed. we have a large master bath off of our bedroom and the pee pads are in there. we just close our bedroom door at night and leave the bathroom door open. they have their own beds in our room, but they just use them for their daytime naps. at night we have two little smoochie faces cuddled up between us in our bed. and they sleep through the whole night.
I have large dogs, who when bored can do a lot of destreuction. Most of my dogs, when sleeping with me at night, are awake most of the night.
I personaly would crate the dog in the bedroom and not move it around. A crate should have a base and staythere. I try not to make my dogs sleep alone at night, so they are in the bedroom, out or in crates, and/or in the dog room with other dogs.
I have no adversion to crates and have been using hte concept for years. However, I work full time, and before I worked, I went to school full time, so the options where limited. Prehaps if I was at home I could choose otherwise.
I've also woke up to enough destruction to know how quite and stealthy dogs can be when they feel the need, so i don't feel safe with them sleeping with me until I trust them. Trust is a very long process becasue I have had many (but not all) dogs revert or pick up some destructive habits from boredom or just because they noticed something (Daemion decided to start systimaticly destroying all of my rare books).,
Catlover, I'm having problems deciding where to have my new puppy sleep as well! We've got a crate that we're planning on keeping in the living room - I'd like her to sleep in the bedroom, but I worry that she'll cry all night and I won't be able to sleep.
On the other hand, I don't know if I can stand the thought of her crying all alone downstairs! It's a tough call, lol
Our cavvie seems to be happiest when he is near us, but also happily sleeps either in a kennel outdoors (only on moderate nights - my wife won't have him outside if it's even cool), or in a crate either in our room or in the laundry.
From speaking with friends they tell me that provided you make the dog understand they are not being locked away for eternity they are happy to sleep anywhere (with the preference seemingly to be curled up in your lap)