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If you plan on using a crate it is important to start out right away - so your puppy is not too young. I used the crate for potty training, as well as confinement at bedtime and during the day. I think it is important that a puppy becomes comfortable in the crate, so it doesn't cry and bark while in there. They learn to self-soothe, like a baby in a crib, and will learn that you will return if you leave them in there. I would suggest that you ask the kids to let the puppy have quiet time in the crate so it doesn't expect constant interaction from you while in there. After the puppy has pottied I would give playtime with the kids outside of the crate. Just remember that puppies need to pee again after playing!
Diane and Molly
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