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    Agree- start with the crate. Once she's trained well, you can let her decide where she wants to sleep unless you have a preference. All of mine were crated as pups but now sleep wherever. Winn on the bed always, Casey always on the floor next to the bed, and Ollie sometimes on the bed and sometimes in the crate. Fosters all start in the crate until I know they're good in the house & get along with all the others, then in bed too! Unless they snore, then they stay in the crate.
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    Another crate fan here. Mindy slept in her crate happily until she was about 1 1/2 and we moved. Then we got soft and let her sleep on our bed..

    Max started in a crate in our room but I guess we all (dh, Mindy and I ) snore too much for him to get any sleep. He never slept through the night until I moved his crate downstairs. Then if he slept until 5 a.m. we let him come to bed with us for a cuddle. Rylie is an excellent sleeper and wouldn't be getting up until at least 6 if it weren't for Max. He sleeps downstairs with Max (in his own crate for now). Of course when Max gets up Rylie has to go pee. Although Max is happy to fall back to sleep with us Rylie is by then up and ready to play. . Today they both slept until 7 a.m. though

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    Sasha sleeps in our bed, and we love that!! She starts out at the foot of the bed, and by morning, she's curled up between our pillows.
    I love having her sleep in the bed.

    As a puppy, we tried the crate thing, but she cried and cried for 3 weeks. the night we finally tried putting her in our bed (due to total sleep deprivation), she slept for 10 hours straight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb2u View Post
    Sasha sleeps in our bed, and we love that!! She starts out at the foot of the bed, and by morning, she's curled up between our pillows.
    I love having her sleep in the bed.

    As a puppy, we tried the crate thing, but she cried and cried for 3 weeks. the night we finally tried putting her in our bed (due to total sleep deprivation), she slept for 10 hours straight!
    That is the way Anna was. She cried and cried and cried. So after 2 weeks of being in the crate at night next to my bed (actually my nightstand). She would sleep maybe an hour or two then need to go out or want to play, but once she was in bed laying next to me guess what? She will sleep until i get up in the morning at 9 am thats nine hoursish every night.....its amazing!!!


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    I agree with the people that suggested starting with a crate. I tend to use the crate until they are reliably potty trained which is about 2 years old or so at least.

    My 2 year old female sleeps on my bed, the corner of the bed, or she sleeps on the floor where she has a bed and my favorite robe that she just loves, or under the bed. She doesn't sleep on the bed unless I'm alone; if I'm sharing the bed with someone, she sleeps on the floor.

    My puppy is crated every night. By the time it's bedtime, he's too tired to whine so he sleeps peacefully in his crate with his bear. It's a doodle bear pet and he uses it as a pillow but I used it to take up space and deter accidents. Titus didn't whine too much with the crate but that was because the breeder started crate training him before I got him. Stick it out if they cry because normally they will. I used to take him out just to make sure he wasn't crying to pee and then put him back up for the night. It's best that new puppy learns that the crate is a safe place or at the very least they're not getting out until they're quiet.

    <3 good luck with whatever you choose and enjoy your puppy because soon it'll be grown.
    My babes: Chardonnay B/T Female(or "Puppy" Spring 2007); RCF's Vin du noir et blanc TRI Male(or "Titus" March 18, 2009)

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    Keep in mind that this is a very young puppy (much younger than a breeder would normally home a puppy...) and you will need to be taking her out once during the night -- probably around 3 or 4am, so be sure to set your alarm or she will soil her crate and this will cause housetraining issues long term. She is too young to try and hold herself through the night -- one of the reasons she may be crying is not to get in the bed but because she badly needs to be taken out for a wee and maybe a poop. You will likely need to be taking her out for the first month or so of owning her.

    I recommend buying Shirlee Kalstone's book on housetraining, which also is a guide to housetraining, and please be sure to download this excellent (and free!) guide by one of the best trainers on how to raise and train your puppy.

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...get-your-puppy

    You can read it on your PC or print it out. You definitely will want such a thorough guidebook and manual and this one has the best possible way of gently training as she grows so you don't end up with problems later on.
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    From Dog Star Daily on Twitter:

    Excellent info! RT @dogspelledfwd: Crate training your dog (with video) http://bit.ly/dsaZF
    It IS a great guide to crate training. I especially like these clear points on when it is a great tool... when:

    the dog is never physically forced into a crate
    the crate is never used as a punishment
    the crate is for short term confinement, it is not a way of life for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week
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    My Cavalier sleeps downstairs in a little basket, and he dosn't mind one bit.
    Charlie 17/07/03

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    Our golden retriever slept in a crate until 1 1/2 years.She graduated to her bed.

    Our 1 year old cavalier went from an extra small crate to a small crate ( she is only 13 lbs.) and still sleeps there. Both dogs are in a room next to our bedroom but not in it. They can hear us and we can also hear if they need to go out.

    Heather R

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    Tristan sleeps in a crate next to my bed. He whined the first night he came home with me (he was 12 weeks old), but ever since then (he's now 7 months old) he's as quiet as a mouse all night!

    I cuddle with him in my bed every evening while I watch TV or read a book, but at around 10:00 he gets up to go to his crate all by himself! When he's old enough that I trust him out all night, it'll be his choice if he wants to sleep on my bed or not, but he may want to keep sleeping in his little sanctuary!

    Definitely get the crate - she should have her own spot just for her!
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