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Kodi has always slept in his crate. I know a lot of people start them off in the bedroom, but that really wasn't feasible for us. (DH didn't want a dog in the beginning, though Kodi now has him COMPLETELY wrapped around his paw) So his crate was downstairs, and for the first week, either I or my son slept next to him on the couch.
I think he was 11 weeks when we brought him home, and from the beginning, he could go from about 11PM to 6AM, but younger puppies will need you to get up during the night with them, at least once.
I have RA, and I just can't stay up that late at night, so once he was feeling secure, and had proven he would reliably use his litter box in his ex-pen, we just left his crate door open inside his ex-pen, and he started pottying himself if need be during the night. He has a bigger crate now, and it is attached to the outside of his ex-pen, but this is still his "bedroom" arrangement. He has his littler box and a water bottle in the ex-pen, available when he needs them, but he sleeps in the attached crate.
He also stays in his "room" (by his own choice) when we are out of the house. We tried leaving him loose a few time, and always found him in his "room" when we got back. So we went back to closing him in. Both he AND we feel more secure that way!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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