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Old 03-06-2013, 07:08 PM   #44
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With young small puppies I have always used a pen for them at first, with the crate for them to sleep in with the door open until they are old enough to hold it all night. Then I put them in a crate alongside the bed. They always get a treat when they go into the crate so they just run right in. Once they are housebroken, they have been loose at night with no problems but they are also gated off from the living room where there are a lot of things they could get into.

The only dog I have right now that was never crated was Susie. She slept on the bed with me till she was housebroken and too big, then she was just loose in the bedroom and kitchen. I was lucky and she never was a chewer and never did ruin anything.

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