I am about to get a 10 week old Pug puppy which I plan to crate train. I have been getting different opinions as to where in my house the crate should go- some say in the bedroom with me, others say in another part of the house. Also- do I put newspaper down in the house as well, or only use the outdoors?
We kept ours in the living room just because our bedroom wasn't big enough for a crate made to house an Akita. Not only that, if we had to put her in there to keep her out of the way, she could still watch us in the same room without having to be in another part of the house completely. I think newspaper is a waste of time personally. It makes you train your dog 2 times instead of 1, because first you train it to go on the newspaper, then you train it to go outside. Skip the newspaper and go straight to indoor outdoor training, your dog will be less confused because of it.
i have my crate for pug in the living room; we spend most our time there. he's happier that way. my pug came paper trained from the breeder. i kept it up and am glad i did because he couldn't hold it through the night for several months, and i got tired of 2 trips outside every night. when i wanted a straight night's sleep i'd put the papers down and he used them in the night. also, now, in winter, he doesn't like to go in the cold cold weather, so i've used papers some when it's really cold. he'll just huddle by the door and wait to be let in, won't go sometimes. just another perspective
Just thought I would let you know what we did. For the first few weeks we put him in our bedroom so that he would know he wasn't alone since he could see us...it also helped in house breaking because we could hear him cry when he had to go and would get up to take him. After the first few weeks we ended up putting him in a room down the hall that we could still hear him if we needed to take him out but that way he go used to being alone....we did leave a radio or light on most nights. Once he started making it through the night without having to go to the bathroom we moved him into the living room since that is where we spend most of out time. We would put him in the crate sometimes even when we were there to make him realize that he doesn't always have to be with us and out when we are home. He now is used to his crate and doesn't care where it is so we change it from time to time. Just thought I would give you and idea of how we did it but ultimately it depends on you own dog and your environment.
We have our boxer's crate in the living room because we spend most of our time there. At night, we turn a night light on for her so she isn't in the dark. Our bedroom is upstairs but we can hear her barking when she wants to go out. If you put the crate somewhere where you can't hear your puppy, buy a baby monitor so you can hear them.
I suggest putting the crate in the living room. I think it would be best. My friend keeps her Jack-Poo's crate in the living room. She made a good decision. I guess because that's where most people spend their time.