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01-31-2014 12:42 PM
mego we use a crate in the bedroom and I had an exercise pen in the living room. My girl is over 1 now and she still loves sleeping in the same room as me. I think she'd cry so much if I made her sleep in the living room in her pen.

or your bed :P with crate under the table works fine too, whatever works for you guys you can always move it once or twice to test it out
01-31-2014 12:40 PM
Serbrider Right now I have the small one placed in the kitchen area almost underneath the kitchen table... and I think I might just use underneath the kitchen table for the large one too once she moves up to it... since it's really just during the day while I'm at class (after playing with her and training her in the mornings and various times of the day in when I'm home to "exhaust" her) that she'll need it... and that's an easy "out of the way" place I can put it, since I only ever use the kitchen table for large projects that don't fit on my current desk or for putting food when I have guests over.
01-31-2014 12:35 PM
wolfy dog You can make the crate your night stand or coffee table to save room. A sheet of plywood, painted or with a cloth over a wire crate turns it into an instant piece of furniture.
01-31-2014 12:19 PM
Originally Posted by trcy View Post
My dogs crate is in the bedroom. I only used it for him to sleep in at night.
Ditto for me too. I also have a dog bed in the computer room behind my chair and in the living room near my favorite chair. That way wherever I'm relaxing, she can relax too. Well, once her puppy energy has burned off.
01-31-2014 12:15 PM
Serbrider Oh, I can't move the bed to the opposite wall, because there's a window and large window unit there. Just not enough room at all, bed just would not fit.

I can however put a baby gate up on that side and have the crate be towards the back of that little area.

There is a large closet area that I didn't put in here, that I currently use for storage and for the chest that my older dog uses for stairs to go up to my bed. So I could rearrange stuff back there for a crate. Definitely. It's about 3-4 feet wide... probably closer to 3 feet. It's my closet, but I can definitely arrange it to where a crate would fit, and put something up to preserve my clothes... or something.

I have a dog bed in the living room already, and the couch (which is pretty low to the ground actually, but HUGE) is free game.

I should probably put one in the office once I have it fully unpacked and cleaned up... need to do that soon and BEFORE the puppy gets here.
01-31-2014 11:59 AM
Blanketback I'm going to give you more than a crate location suggestion, lol. Whee, let's redecorate! I'd move the bed to the opposite wall and move it out from the wall, so there's room for a dog bed there. Then I'd contain the pup in that area - I used a cheap plastic baby gate.

I think you should have the puppy in the bedroom with you at night because that way you can hear the cries to let you know he has to pee, since he won't be able to hold it through the night at that age.

I have my crate in my kitchen, but I have dog beds everywhere else. I only used the crate when I couldn't keep my eyes glued to him. If I had to set it up at your place, I'd choose the empty spot facing the door.
01-30-2014 07:01 PM
Sp00ks Bedroom. We have always kept the crate beside the bed. At the foot of the bed should work. He needs to be with you at night while you both hopefully sleep.....
01-30-2014 05:37 PM
Serbrider Haha, it is a teeny tiny house. My bedroom has room for my bed, a nightstand, and a shelving unit... maybe a crate on the side or at the foot... but that's it.

And the living room/kitchen is tight as well, but doable.

I don't want to be moving the crate... but I also don't want to have to buy a bunch of crates.

So... maybe start in the living room, see how the first few nights go, and then move it if there's no improvement?

ETA: I'm also debating between using the crate at night vs allowing her to sleep with me at night. I'll need the crate during the day, but at night, my current dog and cat sleep with me, and I like them to sleep with me, helps me sleep (and I'm all alone, not even a boyfriend on occasion or anything)... but I also want to do what is best for her and her comfort. So... yeah.

I will still need the crate for when I'm in class and at work. Can still come home every 2-4 hours for a regular pee schedule though.
01-30-2014 05:35 PM
trcy My dogs crate is in the bedroom. I only used it for him to sleep in at night.
01-30-2014 05:30 PM
dogfaeries I like a crate in a room where I am most of the time, and a crate in a room that's quiet. If there's room for both, go for it. I have a teeny tiny house, so I understand the logistics of where to put the darn thing. There's definitely an argument for both places. I am so not helpful!
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