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Shama has always slept in a crate with the door open within a 2x6-foot ex pen in our dining room. Picture attached to show set-up. We don't put her pink training tray in there anymore unless we're leaving for an extended period of time. She doesn't have accidents overnight or during the day when it's not in there. (She is usually free to roam when we are home with her, but sometimes we close her in the ex pen when she is particularly restless and seems to need a nap. She doesn't often go into the ex pen to nap on her own, but she doesn't seem to mind when we put her in there, and then she does indeed nap.) I'm sure Loki will get used to sleeping overnight in your family room. Maybe you could turn on classical music to keep him company. Shama listens to classical MPR while we're at work. As far as chew toys go, our highest recommendation is bully springs (which are easier for a Havanese to hold than sticks) and water buffalo horn (which my father-in-law sawed into four sections to make it easier for Shama to handle). Shama was wild about pig's ears when she was little, but they made her face messy, and Karen (I think) told us they're good for puppies who would otherwise chew things they shouldn't but bad for dogs as they're fattening. We'd heard good things about antlers, but Shama has not given hers much attention. Good luck, Barbara. You definitely need your sleep!