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Hi all,
I am wondering what I should be setting up for bed/crate/other... I have a perfect place in my bedroom I am setting up the area but not sure how much I should be doing. My bedroom is upstairs so she probably will not be using accept at night or if I have to leave her (which will not be often)
If you could give me some advice maybe even give me a picture of what you have set up so I can get some ideas!!
Should I make another area for her to go to downstairs if she is looking for somewhere to relax. I plan on letting her sit on the couches with the family but when I am up and cooking or cleaning should I give her another place downstairs. If this makes any sense?? I am starting to get nervous that I want her to be comfortable and pampered.

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Hi all,
I am wondering what I should be setting up for bed/crate/other... I have a perfect place in my bedroom I am setting up the area but not sure how much I should be doing. My bedroom is upstairs so she probably will not be using accept at night or if I have to leave her (which will not be often)
If you could give me some advice maybe even give me a picture of what you have set up so I can get some ideas!!
Should I make another area for her to go to downstairs if she is looking for somewhere to relax. I plan on letting her sit on the couches with the family but when I am up and cooking or cleaning should I give her another place downstairs. If this makes any sense?? I am starting to get nervous that I want her to be comfortable and pampered.
Mine each have a crate in our bed room for night time use. During the day, they have access to the couch in my office, (the family room is off limits ATM, because the puppy is not completely potty trained!) but they prefer their donut beds on the floor most of the time. Sometimes Pixel sleeps on the couch.


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Here is a picture of our crate set up which is in our family room. Our Ruby seems quite happy in here with short supervised breaks every hour.
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We have had Maggie for 2.5 weeks, she is about 14 weeks old now and we pretty much skipped the x-pen stage all together. She seems to have quickly gotten the hang of potty training, so we let her hang out in the lower level where we have hardwood and tile. The family room is gated off because we don't want any accidents on the carpet.

She is allowed upstairs only when supervised or going to bed. She sleeps in a crate beside our bed and seems to love it in there. If we go upstairs, she will usually disappear to our bedroom in her crate.

We tried having her sleep in her crate in the kitchen but after two nights of non-stop crying, we finally gave in and moved her to our room. She has slept right through (11-7) ever since.
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I have a wire crate in my bedroom next to my bed. I keep a blanket over the top to make it more den-like. I use baby bumper pad and quilts to make it real cozy. When I first brought her home I used less bedding at first, in case of potty accidents. I keep another crate in the downstairs level. I crate trained for potty training so I used it a lot when I first got my puppy. These days the door is kept open and she goes in there on her own to nap or chew on a toy. I still close her in the crate when I shower or run a quick errand. For longer times away I put her crate(door open) and food in my mudroom area and use a baby gate to keep her in that one area. It has helped me a lot having crates on both levels of my home. When I first brought Molly home I used an expen also to give her an unsupervised area that was safe and larger than her crate. This was perfect when I was cooking, etc. and couldn't keep eyes on her every second. Just remember not to give too much freedom too soon. This will help cut down on the number of potty accidents in the house.



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Thank you everyone.... This was some great ideas!!

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Sophie allows me to sleep in the big bed with her.
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Sophie allows me to sleep in the big bed with her.
Kodi and Pixel sleep with me when Dave's not home. (Panda will be when she's totally trustworthy potty-wise!) But he has a "no dogs in the bed over night" rule when he's home. They cuddle with us before we go to sleep, but then they go in their crates at lights-out time.


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Well, Django sleeps with us in the bed and he has full run of the house which did not happen until he was 2. He's now 12. Although he has full run of the house, he's never more than 2 feet away from me. He's also allowed on the furniture but sometimes prefers his pillow that overlooks the window. He has his fav. blanket on the couch and it's always been this way.
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Lots of good info here, thank you.

Rocky sleeps in his crate at night, downstairs. We have a pretty good schedule going & it works well so far.
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