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where should i keep the crate while we all try and sleep?

Hello We will be bringing our little girl home in two weeks. I am just getting things ready for her. I am excited but scared at the same time. I was wondering when we put her in the crate at night for the first time should we keep her in our room or in another room with door shut. I would think she should be in there with us and our other two dogs. I was wanting everyone's opions on how to make the transition easier. I am going to take a towl over with our scents on it so she can be a little familiar with our smells. I hope we will get some sleep, but I know it will pass eventually. Thanks!!!

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For us, I kept the crate in our room where she could see us! With my first, she was in another room. Recently, she started this growly behavior and once I knew she was not whining to go out....one shot of Bitter Apple to "hush"....now all she needs to see is the bottle; but she sleeps all night in the crate; our other 2 sleep with my 14 year old...the pied piper! I think it is reassuring to them to know that they are in the crate, but they can see you. I also used to put my fingers through the bars which she would lick and that would calm her down. Hope this helps. The crate really helps with the cues to go potty as well!
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If possible, I would keep the crate in your bedroom on a table, chair, or something where the pup can see you. and is next to you. I would imagine its pretty scary for a little pup to be pulled away from its littermates and Mom, put in a strange environment, then left alone in the dark. Just having you nearby and within sight seems to soothe them. I've done this both with my first Hav as a 10 week old and my recent Hav that I got at 7 1/2 months old and it worked out great with both. Good luck! I bet you're getting excited!!!
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Thank you guys for the good ideas!!! I will try that when we get our little girl. I want to make it easy for her and us!!! I am sooo excited we have been looking for a puppy over a year!!! I have decided on a female just figuring out which color we want. It is between a sable and white and a black and white. It is very hard to choose from. It took me awhile to figure out if I wanted a male or female but decided to go with a female. We do not want to deal with markings and having pee on his belly or legs. Have heard males are more loving but I think it is how they are raised and there parents disposition. Any ideas about that!!

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We've had several litters and they are all so great, you can't go wrong. This is such an anticipatory time for you and you will get tons of ideas from people on this site. I know the color is a tempting way to go....I'd love one in every color. You may want to consider the temperament/personality of the pup if either one can be yours. Some are more snuggly and others more independent and spirited. You may want to talk to Kimberly (Havtahava) about the Volhard Puppy Aptitude test; you can check it out on her website and I think there is some discussion on a thread here as well. Think about your family and what kind of pup will be a good fit for all of you. I wanted a black and white parti in the worst way....I now have 3 Hav's and none of them are a parti yet! Guess I'll have to get a few more!
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Have heard males are more loving but I think it is how they are raised and there parents disposition.
Meg, you're right on one part - the parent's temperament is one of the most heritable traits, but a male just tends to be more loving and "in love" with his humans than a female does. Most of us that have had males and females can attest to that. I've had three males of my own (besides my current litter of males) and three females of my own and three other females that have lived with us for one time or another. The males are just more sweet and docile (and interactively playful), in general.
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I think most keep the crate in the room. Mine sleeps in bed with me, and has slept pretty much through the night since day one.

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Meg, I agree putting the crate on a table or chair right next to your bed helps and being able to just reach over and put your fingers in the crate when she cryís works wonders.

I know you are having a hard time deciding male or female, I did talk to your breeder last night and boy oh boy would I have a hard time if I had to pick, sounds like they are all very confident pups, not one shy or timid one out of this groop. (thatís because they all have Rocky in them LOLÖ I love Rockyís confidence) My Riley is a Rocky babe and is just like his dad, I was truly amazed when I flew out to pick up Monte (after having Riley for a year) how much I noticed that Riley resembles his dad in confidence but also is very kissy and loving like his mom. When you go over on Friday pay attention to the parents temperament as Kim from Havtahava confirmed above they do inherit temperament.
Iím not sure which black & white girl you are looking at but I was looking at the pictures of the sable girl you are thinking about and she is a doll. If you do go with her and keep her in a puppy cut she will most likely look a lot like Missyís Jasper.

Have fun learning & helping bath time on Friday, keep us updated.

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Meg,

Everyone already gave you great advise. I slept on the floor with mine on his first night not to wake up the whole family. He just couldn't hold his bladder that 8 hours so I spent my time on the couch next to him. After a week or two, I moved his crate into our bedroom and he slept the whole night without a peep.

I think it depends on the dog and your family. Try placing his crate in your bedroom and go from there. Some sleep right away right through the night with no issues. For me, everyone is a light sleeper and I just didn't want to wake everyone up for his potty walks.

Good luck. I bet you cannot wait.
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Havee stayed in our room the first few weeks, now he is in another bedroom on the same level we are. He sleeps through the night and does fine in his own bedroom!

He's black and white and has great markings. Everyone comments on his color! Go for the black and white one!

As far as marking...he hasn't done that around the house at all. The only place I've noticed him doing that is on a walk. He'll do a few little squirts in different spots to say he's been there!

He stays clean when he pees. The little hair there directs the flow and doesn't mess him up. He's a perfect mix of mischief and calm...and what a clown!

Whichever you choose you'll enjoy them to death!

We're working closer toward housebreaking...everyday we get closer and closer. We tend to loose track when we have company. That's when the accidents happen!
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