I just joined this forum a few days ago, but I've been reading and learning so much! It's very helpful for a soon-to-be-first-time puppy parent.
We are bringing home a Coton puppy in about 5 weeks - we can't wait!! Since Cotons seem to be very similar to Havanese (and it's hard to find a Coton forum as active as this), I thought I would ask some of my questions here...
1. Our breeder suggested we use a plastic crate that can put on our bedside table for our puppy's first few nights home, and to use during the day so that we can have the puppy near us if we're busy doing things around the house. We've got that all set, but we also have a Richel expandable pen downstairs (main living area) with a litter box and wire crate inside...we're thinking that's where the dog will sleep overnight long-term.
-How long should we keep the puppy in our room before transitioning him to sleep downstairs? A few days, weeks, months?
-And how should we handle the transition so that it goes smoothly?
-If we have the puppy sleep in the plastic crate at night by our bed, and nap in the wire crate in the pen during the day, will that be confusing as to which spot is his "bed" or do they still know? Or should we just put the plastic crate in the pen for the first little while?
2. For a comfort stuffed animal for the new puppy...what size would you recommend? Something small that they can hold in their mouth, or something bigger that they can cuddle with?