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Hello! We are the proud owners of a 12 week old pup whom we adore. We've had him a week and still trying to get settled. This is our first dog. The crate training is going quite well, minimal accidents, so proud of our pup.

For sleeping we've tried the kitchen but after he's in bed we are still cleaning up, tv watching, talking to the kids etc etc and usually in the middle of night he wakes up and is not settled unless he's on our bedroom floor. My husband says he doesn't sleep well when he's in there as he hears him rattling in there all night long. The other options are girls bedrooms, dinng room, downstairs (I'm not a fan of that). Help!! What works best for you?
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They can get used to anything you want. When Kodi was a puppy, Dave didn't want him in the bedroom, so he slepted in his expen/crate "bedroom" in the diningroom. Eventually, Dave fell in love with him, and he moved into our room. Now all three sleep (crated) in our room. 😊 But I have to say, they don't "rattle around". They snuggle on the bed with us until WE want to go to sleep, then they all settle into their crates with a cookie. We don't hear a peep from them until the moning.


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My girl sleeps in her crate in my bedroom and does not make a peep during the night. (Shortly after I got her I tried to put the crate in another spare bedroom but she would not have it and made quite a fuss.) I can put her crate anywhere in the house (or another house)I want and as long as she has a person sleeping in the same room she is fine. They really do prefer to be with their people. My last dog slept in a crate downstairs from the bedrooms, in the kitchen. That worked out fine as well. As long as you are consistant with your routine they will adjust. I like having her in my bedroom better because I can hear her during the the night in case she needs me to let her out. There have been times when she has been ill during the night and needed assistance (usually a GI issue).



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Shama has slept in the same location, in a 2x6 ex pen tucked under our kitchen island next to our dining room since she came home at 9 and a half weeks. The first three nights we slept near her in the living room, but we eventually snuck back down the hall to our bedroom.

She has a crate in one end of the pen, but she usually sleeps in her fluffy bed at the other bed. When she was still potty training, she had a training tray where the fluffy bed is now when we were gone during the day (dog walker comes to let her out halfway through our work day).

Different things work for different families. Consistency and comfort (we're nearby, we'll be back, etc.) are key. Good luck!

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LOL well I can't give any advice.... we didn't crate our puppy... he was just so stinking cute.. he is a bed sleeping dog. He sleeps at the foot of our bed. He likes to come and lay on my legs too.

I know friends of mine that will face the crate away from the bed and put a large comforter over to minimize the sound, that might help your husband!

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Thanks for sharing! I may try our daughter's room. They are roughly on the same sleep schedule.
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I'm not going to be much help. Ours started in the crate in our bedroom but like your husband I couldn't sleep. Loki moves around all night. I moved him to his large crate (2x6) like Shama's with a bed and pee pad. He went to bed fine but started waking between 4:30 and 5:00. I did everything - letting outside to potty without talking and then putting him back, letting him bark it out since he could go on pee pad, keeping him up later - but could never get him to be quiet when he woke up. One morning he barked, whined, cried, talked, every vocalization he could think of for almost 2 hours straight. He slept in bed with us at my sister's at Thanksgiving and slept until 7 a.m. After that he has been in bed with us. He normally sleeps until we get up. Occasionally he needs to potty during the night. He will wake me up, and after he goes out he goes right back to sleep.
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They can get used to anything you want. When Kodi was a puppy, Dave didn't want him in the bedroom, so he slepted in his expen/crate "bedroom" in the diningroom. Eventually, Dave fell in love with him, and he moved into our room. Now all three sleep (crated) in our room. 😊 But I have to say, they don't "rattle around". They snuggle on the bed with us until WE want to go to sleep, then they all settle into their crates with a cookie. We don't hear a peep from them until the moning.
If you want to keep him in the living room in his crate he'll get used to it - might be couple of days of noise but he'll figure it out. When we first got Perry we tried the crate in the living room, but he kicked up a fuss at being that far away from people (and I do agree with Karen that he could have gotten used to it, but we didn't want to deal with it - we were both jetlagged, there were other people in the house who we didn't want to disturb, etc) so we moved it to the bedroom. But like Karen's trio he doesn't really rattle around very much (and the little he does is usually done and he's sleeping or settled by the time my husband comes in to bed). We have a similar routine - when I'm ready to go to bed I take him in with me, he'll stay on the bed snuggling or playing with his toys til I'm ready to turn out the lights and then it's "bedtime", into the crate and he settles.

Now that he's on crate rest most of the day I do take his crate out into the living room during the day probably more for my benefit - I feel slightly less guilty than if I was isolating him in the bedroom
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LOL well I can't give any advice.... we didn't crate our puppy... he was just so stinking cute.. he is a bed sleeping dog. He sleeps at the foot of our bed. He likes to come and lay on my legs too.

I know friends of mine that will face the crate away from the bed and put a large comforter over to minimize the sound, that might help your husband!
I'm glad that is working for you, but it's not a great idea with a young puppy. Besides the possibility of a wet bed, a young puppy can easily fall (or get kicked) off the bed and get hurt, get rolled on, or even if they don't get hurt in a fall, are then "stuck " on the floor and left to their own devices, with WAY to many opportunities for getting into trouble on the floor.


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My short answer is put the crate where it works for you. It's a lot of trial and error. Every family is different and each pup will learn to fit into your family cycles.
What works for us is to have many different crates.
Penelope has a small wire crate in the living room for when we have to go out and leave her. We use this when she's tired and leave her with a kong or snuffle mat. (This is a work in progress still... she hates being left alone)
She has two different little play pens, one upstairs and one downstairs, for when she can't be watched and she can still be part of the action.
She has a soft crate that works well for us at night in our bedroom for sleeping.
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