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Hello everyone, This is Kaiya. She is a Borgi, her dad is pure border collie and her mom is a Borgi( half border, half corgi). She was born Sept 23 so she is still very young, her eyes are not even open yet! I have had the privilege to have met her three times already as her breeder is local. I will be taking her home end of nov when she is 9 weeks old and i can t wait! She is my first puppy as the only other dog I have had was when I was very young.
I know it is early but I am trying to be prepared ahead of time.

I have several questions but one I am working on right now is where to put my crate. I had at first decided the kitchen because it is the busiest , easy to clean floor and relatively close to the door as it is in the main level. I then read about a lady who did this whose bedrooms are all upstairs ( like mine) who did not always hear/ get to her puppy in time and it would mess. I hear some people have the crate in the bedroom which is ok but i want her to be downstairs when not sleeping which would mean moving her crate (I want it accessible to her) a lot or having two..but I worry she might like one and not the other etc. Plus the bedroom is an area the pets are not aloud in which might be hard to reinforce later? (We have two cats , that's it) the cats sleep in their room as one is a terrible cord chewer and 4 years later nothing has helped.. Its alright tho as its a big room, full of their things so they love it and even put themselves to bed most night.. Any who there is that room which I don't think the cats will mind as they love dogs , which might help her feel not so alone, but again it is upstairs. I'm at a loss for the best decision.

Here is some info that might be relative;
- I will take a week off work when I get her
-she will be coming to work with me untill she is old enough to hold it till my lunch
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I would say with her being young keep it on a easy to clean surface, and near the door so you can hook her up right away and let her outside when you get home. You could have another crate upstairs where she could only use for night time. But its totally up to you.

I hope this helps :)
 

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Hmm I might just do that! How long would you say before I start to have her sleep downstairs? Another thing I was never clear on was whether to ignore crying when I know it's not potty related or whether to say no or quiet .. I have read different things online
 

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We move the crate every day from the kitchen to the bedroom (pup is 4months old).
It was really helpful to have the crate in the bedroom because we could hear her whimper and let her out. Even though she pretty much slept the night right off of the bat, in the month that we've had her, we've had at least 1 or 2 nights in a week where she will suddenly have to go in the middle of the night. Those cries and whines are pretty easy to tell apart from the "give me attention" cries after a few nights. The bathroom cries are pretty desperate and consistent. We also carried her from the kennel in the bedroom to outside when she had to 'go' in the middle of the night.

If you don't want to dog in the bedroom ever, then don't put the kennel in the bedroom. Can you leave it just outside of the bedroom with the door ajar so you can hear her?

And as much as your cats like dogs, I would still be very careful in introducing them. Having the new puppy in 'their' room right away may not be the best thing for the cats.
 

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What about doing like you said until she is reliably sleeping through the night and then slowly night by night moving the sleeping spot out the bedroom, down the hall, down stairs and to the kitchen?
 

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My BC puppy has two crates. One in our bedroom and one in our living room. They are the exact same crate and she has no preference on which one. Each one also has different bed and toys because I would get annoyed having to move the crate every day.
 

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I'd have one crate in the bedroom and one in the room you are the most during the day.
I don't use a cage (don't need it, they have a consistent "stay"), but our dogs have blankets in several rooms of the house so that they can settle down were their family is.
most puppies don't like being alone in a room while everyone else is somewhere else, because being alone for a baby animal in nature, would mean they die.
As puppies Teo and Sancho slept in my dads room ,because he's the lightest sleeper, when they grew up, they were already used to sleeping thorugh the night on their blanket and we just moved the blanket outside the room without problems.
 

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Congratulations on your new pup! Love the name! Both my Lexy and Molly have their own crates in our room, mainly because that's where they feel most comfortable. Also, since this is your first puppy I recommend getting some decent toys (not just the cheapos lol). We love www.schmab.com and the quality and safe toys they offer! Tuff Balls are a must in our house! :)
 
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