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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-13-2008, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Sleeping Arrangement for NEW PUPPY

Yes, soon he will be here!! But I need to be prepared, and so need the advice of you TWO HAV OWNERS!

Biscuit currently sleeps in a big wicker crate in the large family room kitchen right below the master bedroom. My husband cannot have an animal in the BR for health reasons. Period. Not even a puppy in a crate. We can hear the slightest puppy whimper, by the way, right through the floor. Biscuit doesn't make a peep all night.

So my thinking is, to put the puppy (who will be about 14 wks, same age as Biscuit was ) in his own little crate near Biscuit's in the family room.

We were SO LUCKY with Biscuit in that he slept through EIGHT STRAIGHT HOURS in the crate from the FIRST NIGHT. May lightening strike us twice! LOL

Anyway, do you think this will work? Or will they disrupt each other? Putting the puppy in a different room seems too lonely and cruel.

I could sleep in another BR with the puppy in a crate, but really don't want to set that precedent at all, of sleeping with the puppy.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Of course, I am asking the breeder as well. Thank you!
Puppy update w/pix to follow as soon as possible.



HAV A GREAT DAY ! ~~AMY & BISCUIT~~
and HEATH-Y, TOO !

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I don't see why they would disrupt each other by sleeping in the same room in separate crates. In fact, I would say that's the best thing you could do in your situation.

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I think you might plan on sleeping by the puppy's crate a few nights, until he feels secure. I think it will really depends on the puppy. When I brought Missy (my 2nd hav) home, she really didn't want to be with Casper, she wanted to be with me. I am not into letting a puppy cry all night, just can't do it.

I slept in the tv room with capser, for a few nights, then took him in his crate to the bedroom. With Missy I put her crate in the bedroom by me on a table.
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My first havanese used to sleep in the kitchen on his cushion, so when the pup Cisco arrive, I put him on a similar cushion near of the other one, everything has been ok.
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Amy- I would just redo whatever you did to get Biscuit to sleep alone in a different room- I can't offer any advice here as mine would be going crazy if I tried to do that. I would think the puppy seeing Biscuit might be good for his comfort. Dogs generally are pack animals and sleep together. When I leave mine at the house, often times if I sneak home without them hearing me, they all come running from my bedroom- probably taking a nap together.

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I think the puppy will be fine with Biscuit, better with him than alone in a room somewhere. You are right to worry about setting the precedent of sleeping with him in a different room, that might be a difficult habit to break!

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Amy,
I would put the crates adjacent to each other. Has your breeder let him sleep alone in a crate? If not, perhaps you could ask her to do so before he comes home. Each of our breeders did that and the transition was pretty easy, although they were in the bedrooom with us.

Hope your luck holds with the first night. Ours did. Both slept for 8 hours with no problems.
Since your puppy is 14 weeks, I'd say it's a good bet he will be like Biscuit and sleep well.
Can't wait to hear how things go and to see a picture.
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I haven't had two havs, but I did bring home a second GSD puppy. I have always had their crates right next to each other...and it made the new puppy feel secure sleeping next to the other dog.
On a side note, I got Gracie at 17 1/2 weeks and she slept the night through, I had her crate on the floor next to our bed...but I think it helped that she was a little older.
So, I think your best bet is to have the crates side by side if you can....
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Amy,

Given your circumstances I would try putting his crate right next to Biscuit's, but if you hear him crying a lot I would sleep somewhere next to him, either in the same room as Biscuit or another of your choosing. I think I'd try to make it the same room you want him to sleep in always. Many people keep the crate very close to the bed as you know so they can put a finger in or near the crate to assure the puppy and then they move the crate over time. Since that works without problems for most, I'm sure your being near him in the critical first few (several) days won't kill either of you.

Don't forget for the puppy it's like dropping him off in a foreign land where he doesn't know the language so the first days can be frightening for it. See what works for you and your family. Another thought, you might want to get that animal that simulates a heartbeat. I forgot what it's called. It might help.

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Sorry, mine just sleep in bed with us. Can't wait to see the new little pup.


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