Jen, Timmy and Mae
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Philly Burbs
Submit Photo: 21
Photo Submissions 16 Times in 16 Posts
Timmy started out in my cat's crate which was easy enough to take upstairs and down when I needed it. I eventually left it upstairs and Timmy stayed gated in our family room during the day when I was home, but I did put him the cat crate when I went out. Timmy is now 8 months old and I did end up purchasing a new crate for him which I leave upstairs, but I hardly ever use it anymore. He is totally house trained and ends up sleeping in bed with us, I do keep the crate however when he keeps me up and in he goes. I know some people here just used an expen downstairs. Timmy hated the expen, but I was lucky enough to have bought one that converted to a gate that I used to confine him to the family room. It seemed excessive to me to purchase two crates but whatever works and is easiest go for it.
Good luck with your new little one. What name have you picked out for her? Send pictures, can't wait.
Oh one last thing about pen height, all depends on the dog. My breeder suggested go higher to play it safe, but if you get a 36" height make sure it has a gate to walk through easier and safer then climbing over. Turns out Timmy is not a jumper, not even on the furniture, so 24" would have been fine for him.