Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Webster, NY
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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.
Diane and Molly