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Hello, we will be welcoming a puppy to our home for the first time ever and I am grateful that I've found this site as a lot of our questions have been so nicely answered. I still have a few more questions and will post them each separately. This one is about where the puppy will sleep.

We like the idea of her sleeping in her transport bag (it's a soft-sided cotton bag, with lots of mesh all around, and I'll add a comfy pillow in there for her) and having the bag on a table beside our bed. However, we were also thinking of putting her in her transport bag in our child's room. Our daughter is 6 and a half years old and sleeps in a top bunk. Our bedroom is super tiny and it'll be a super tight squeeze to fit Izzy's bed in there; however, our daughter's room is quite big. And our daughter will be thrilled! I haven't yet told her this is an option as I'm not sure that this is the best decision.

We could also just start off Izzy in our room and wait until she becomes reliably house-trained, and then switch her to our daughter's room, maybe even letting her sleep in the bottom bunk bed.

What do you think of all of this?

I've heard that dogs should not be left alone with young children but does this include 6 year olds? Our daughter is a cautious, responsible child who has spent the last few months learning as much as she can about dogs. Her bed time stories have been dog training books and so she knows she shouldn't play rough with a little puppy, interrupt a dog when it's sleeping, eating, and so on.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this. TIA
 

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I'd wait until later for your daughter to look after the puppy. The pup may cry some to start, and no reaction from whoever its trainer is works best. But at some point during the night, the pup may need to be taken out to potty, and be quietly put back to bed. Very first thing in the morning, the pup will need to be taken, without delay, to its potty spot. This is too much to expect any 6 year old to do.

Also, little pups have no fear of heights, and springs in their legs. They can sail right out of some adults arms holding them, and almost all small children's arms. One of the worst things would be for the child to be holding/carrying the pup, and the pup get severely injured. Rule here is that children sit on the floor when holding a small puppy. Combine this with the pup needing to be carried to the potty area first thing when it wakes up, and I wouldn't put this job on a child.

Books are great, but your Daughter is in for more good learning from the pup as time goes on. What children get from these dogs is one of the main reasons we are involved.
 

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Thanks Tom!I'll wait. I agree it's too much for a 6 year old to take care of a dog's potty needs and the truth is my daughter is a very sound sleeper and would not wake up even if the sweet little pup next to her turned into a screaming mad Cujo. My room is right across the hallway and as I'm a very light sleeper, I was thinking that I could get up, go to my daughter's room, and handle the puppy's potty needs.

However, I think I'll just make it easier for myself and the poor pup (what if I'm not a light enough sleeper for a wee, whimpering pup?) and have her sleep in my room for the first year or so. As well, even though I'm guessing that my daughter won't break any rules regarding Izzy, why take any chances? I wasn't aware of little puppies having no fear of heights and jumping out of arms!

Thanks so much for your reply! One more question down. ... a few more to go. ;)
 
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