03-22-2012, 07:47 AM
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I pretty much had the same situation as you. We made the bedroom into a "safe room" for the cat and kept the puppy penned in the living room. Then the pup started barking in the early hours of the morning, we'd take her out to potty and she'd just keep barking. Ignoring her is best, but if ignoring is not feasible you can try what we did.
It turns out that mere proximity to us was the solution. We let her in the bed with us at first, but she was nervous about the bed (it might be too high for her to jump up on), and she didn't like being picked up and set on the bed. So last night we tried leaving the door of her pen open and let her roam free at night. And guess what, not a peep all night! She just settled down to sleep right outside the bedroom (door open), and there were no accidents in the morning.
If you don't trust your pup to be alone unsupervised yet, or you think she'll have an accident then a crate in the bedroom is probably the way to go. How do your cat and dog get along now? Do they fight every chance they get, or can they be in the same room together without fighting? Use your best judgement. My cat seems to have adjusted just fine.