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Puppy's First Night

Our Hav puppy is coming home in a couple of weeks and I'm wondering about where we should put his crate the first night. I wouldn't mind having it near our bed and putting a hand in for comfort as needed, but what about the potty possibilities. Do they mess their crates in the beginning? Lucky will be ten weeks when he comes home. If yes, is that an issue in a bedroom? (his regular area will be in the kitchen of course) Or do you fashion the crate with a puddle pad or what? I think I'd prefer having him near and providing comfort that first night (and I'd really not like to sit up in the kitchen with him) rather than closing the door so I don't hear him cry downstairs. But how is it managed? And if he sleeps his first night in our room, will he expect that forever (not necessarily a bad thing...but wondering). THanks in advance for any experience you can share.
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Dogs are naturally "pack" animals and a pack is all puppies have ever known before that first night. They don't typically "go" in their crate as long as its the proper size (small) but because their little bladders are so tiny, it means they must be taken out frequently in those early weeks. After a couple of months, they're old enough to hold it eight hours or so during the night, but will still need frequent breaks during the day . But a puppy not taken out frequent enough, may have no other choice but to go in the crate . . .thats not a good place to be as they're often extremely difficult to housebreak.

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I kept Brody in a small crate on a table by my bed. I was lucky, he slept through the night from the day I got him (his whole litter did too, apparently). I always planned on him sleeping on the bed when he got bigger, so that wasn't a concern of mine. I do think it comforts them to see/hear/smell you and it's definitely much easier to hear them if they do whimper cuz they need to go potty.

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Baxter took awhile to settle into crate sleeping--he cried for several nights. You don't want to get them out every time they cry -- or it will take forever to crate train them. But, when they're little like that, you do have to make sure they don't need to go potty. When Baxter sounded frantic, I'd carry him outside, put him down, tell him to "go potty" and then, whether he did or not, take him right back to the crate.

It really isn't very long before they can hold it all night.
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Thank you

Thanks for the help with that. All makes good sense.
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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!

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here's some tips on the First Week at Home. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...home-8-9-weeks

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My intent was to have her sleep in the crate next to the bed, up high enough to see us, but she cried and we put her in bed with us to play and settle her down and that was that, she's been a bed-dog since day one and lets me sleep in as late as I want, so it works for us.

If you do the crate, I've read they like to be able to see you, although, some people have managed w/o the elevated crate.

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Soooo....if the puppy sleeps in a crate by your bedside, must the room be quiet? We often fall asleep in front of the late news or watch a late late night movie. Will puppy sleep through if we put him in the crate at 11 or does he need a quieter place to sleep?? thank you thank you
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My girls have gotten used to the crate and yes I had the crate within reach so I could reassure. I DID get them up (I had 2 brought home the same time.) around 3 oclock for the first few weeks. The tv may be a distraction, but then again you can cuddle with the pup during that time, and let him/her out just before you go to sleep!
Congrats on the new addition!
Patience is key in the potty training, it does take a lot of time and SELF-DISCIPLINE!
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