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05-26-2014 08:17 AM
Shade Delgado was 2 before I fully transitioned him out at night. He would wander at night and drive both Jazzy and I nuts. He was in a crate at night from 9 weeks to 6 months then a xpen at night from 6 months to 2 years

I like the xpen because it's much more flexible then a crate for a bedroom setting, Delgado never tested it or tried to knock it over so it worked perfectly

It really depends on the dog, some do great from day 1 and some need longer
05-25-2014 04:49 PM
lyssa62 15 months and we are on night 4 of no kennel at night. I sleep on the couch ...(back problems)...and so Roxy and I have been out here ever since I brought her home. Her kennel is still up and door open for nights she wants to go in there. Otherwise I have blocked off the hallway and the kitchen at night so she has access to the tiled dinning room floor or carpeted living room floor...I put her pillow bed next to the couch and part of the night she sleeps there..other times I hear her up moving to the tile floor. She's been great...but she hasn't been a dog that gets into much...she will never have full access to the house at will...she still chases the cats.

oh yes and ps ..I get the cold wet nose in my face when it's time to get up and go out ...around 6am. I love that part!
05-25-2014 10:43 AM
Angelina03 Personally, I would wait until the pup is fully potty/house trained, sleeping through the night, and older. It was about 5 months for Rocco as well.

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05-25-2014 02:21 AM
wolfy dog Ha, ha, I tried this a few nights ago with my 6 month old, thinking/hoping that it would work. It did until 5.30 AM and he was a wake. Jumped with his front paws on my bed and pulled the blankets off me and looked at me with a question mark on that big wolfy face. Then tried to open the old dog's crate as well. I wish he had started the coffee machine instead. Will try again next year.
05-25-2014 01:34 AM
SummerGSDLover I think It.depends on the puppy. You could potentially have a major setback in potty training though so Id give it til he's atleast five to six months and out of the teething stage. I really don't believe any room can be completely puppy proofed if there's carpet and furniture. They can swallow anything too. :/ Id wait. 9 weeks is way too young in my opinion. My eight month old is just now being trusted to be out every once in a while.

05-25-2014 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 View Post
I woke up to dexters version of renovation..the carpet was pulled up and eaten and the door had some chewing marks in it so did the wall. It did not pay off to trust the little brat at all.

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My puppy pulled the carpet up in three places during the day when he was not crated. I heard this strange ripping noise.....silly dog.

Riley was never crate trained. He slept on the bed with us until he got so big he would stretch out and push us off the bed. Then he slept on a dog bed on the floor. Riley was very mellow. I Think because he was sick for much longer than we realized.

Kaleb is the opposite. He is a typical german shepherd puppy. Everything I read about and expected with Riley, Kaleb did, and some I had no idea about. He is much better now. No more counter surfing, ripping carpets up or spilling my coffee every single morning. He sure kept me on my
05-25-2014 01:02 AM
trcy My pups crate was/is always in my bedroom. He slept in his crate well have he was house trained. He is really, what is the word...IDK, he used to like to really get into everything and chew stuff up.

He slept in his crate until he was about 5 to 6 months old. I could have a bed in the crate, because he chewed that up too. Once he got larger every time he rolled around or moved his legs it made a lot of noise. I finally just left his crate door open. He only chewed the leather panel off one dresser drawer. After that he's been very good. He's almost a year now.

Can you move the crate into your room?
05-25-2014 12:40 AM
Gretchen I'd try moving the crate into your bedroom for a another week or so. Then try to transition to a confined part of your bedroom. We were able to transition our pup to my daughter's bed. Its a platform bed, a little bit higher than your typical bed and our pup was afraid to jump off, so she stayed on my daughter's bed for a couple weeks.
05-25-2014 12:19 AM
RedIndae My boy was never crated in the nights but he only did get bed privledges when he hit 5 months. 9 weeks seems too early in my opinion. They have yet to hit the landshark stage. I'd wait longer.
05-25-2014 12:16 AM
Tratkins It won't let me edit my last post, but to make it clear...I only have one husband! Lol
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