There are different thoughts on kennel placement. A lot of people prefer putting it in a room out of the way. I actually put mine in the middle of the house, so that the new dog is seeing our daily routine and absorbing it all. My dogs know not to mess with the foster dog in the crate, so they'll just ignore it until they've been introduced. If your existing dog is going to mess with the new one in the crate, then I'd put the crate somewhere the where that won't happen.
During this time, I put my dogs in another part of the house when I have the new one out, and the new one stays leashed to me. I'm not "working with" the dog in any formal way during this period. It's just getting to know me. I often take them into the kitchen with me to make dinner, or have them next to me when I'm at the computer. It's "watch me" time. They are never out of the crate and not leashed though -- either DH or I has the leash when the new dog is out, even when it's just hanging out in the house. It makes potty training a breeze, since they can't sneak off to go in a corner. We keep a pouch or pocket full of good treats and randomly drop them too when we're hanging out -- good stuff comes from hanging out next to the human!
Don't stress about it. You can crate-and-rotate with your personal dog for a short time pretty easily, or just keep them in different parts of the house. People often think the shut-down means locking the dog in a crate for two weeks, and that's just a gross misunderstanding -- the dog is out quite regularly, but it's leashed, not interacting with other dogs/kids/visitors etc.
Last edited by Magwart; 06-03-2017 at 07:03 PM.