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All of my dogs and fosters are crate trained, albeit as they got older they graduated to human beds. I'm thinking of bringing my new little bundle of joy into bed right away. Opinions?
 

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I think using the crate is the best way to potty train a pup. Putting him bed with you only invites accidents and lots of frustration. You'll have plenty of time for him to sleep in bed with you after he's housebroken.

Good luck!
 

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I agree with Brien.

We potty trained our pup quite sucessfully using the crate.

He has now graduated to the bed.

Consider putting hte crate in your bedroom, if space permits, not develop that bond.
 

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I wouldn't! I would crate train.

I didn't crate train Chloe right away, and the consequences are for me to deal with to this day. she was very late to be fully potty trained as well (about 13 months).

I would stay stick to crate training.
 

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Just to clarify...I am still going to crate train throughout the day - I was only going to bring him to bed at night. Still a bad idea?
 

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Ummmmmm ... let me know who your new 'bundle of joy' is and then I'll decide. LOL!! Just kidding.

I second all the good advice you've received here. You'll find it will be most beneficial in the long run to crate train your little precious from day one. I didn't do that with my first beagle pup and paid the price.
 

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Yup! even at night I would keep him in the crate. What I would do is once he's older and completely potty trained, and knows his place and all, only then try and upgrade him to human luxury.
 

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Originally Posted By: Samson's MommyJust to clarify...I am still going to crate train throughout the day - I was only going to bring him to bed at night. Still a bad idea?
I guess I'll be the lone one saying that it would be ok to crate during the day and let him sleep with you at night. I did that with Daisy and she's done fine with it. I'm doing the same with Max and it's also going well.

I will add that there was a period of about a month where I did crate her at night because she was peeing in her sleep but once she got past that everything was fine.
 

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With Zelda, she would wake up halfway into the night (while sleeping in the crate) and we'd take her outside for a pee. When we brought her back inside she would go into the bed. For us, it's worked out fine.

We also tied a long rope with bells attached to the only door we use to go outside with her and we started to hit the rope every time we went outside and eventually we would sit her down beside it and we wouldn't open the door until she touched the rope/bells.

She caught onto that very quickly and soon enough she would go to the door by herself and ring the bells and would pee as soon as she got outside. I think that was the most successful thing for us.
 

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We never crated either of ours and they don't have accidents at night. Matter of fact, from the time we got Duke at 12 weeks, he slept with us and slept through the night with no problems.
 

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I'm another one that crate trained during the day, and had Maggie sleep with us in bed at night. She is 10 months old, and still not completely potty trained, but I wouldn't give up having her in my bed at night for anything!
 

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I've never used my crate for toilet training purposes, as I started crate training Daisy when she was a bit older. I use it as a bed, a safe place to contain them, a place for the dogs to eat etc.

Its your pup, so I would do whatever you want with him/her
But keep in mind that the puppy may have accidents on your bed and it might be better to toilet train it first for this reason.
 

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This is off topic: A lot of people are talking about how to make puppy potty outside. I want to talk about people who can not bring their dog outside (bad weather all the time or high building). If they set one room for their dog to potty in. How can they know the different between that room and other room? It's all still indoor for them, eh? Let's see what you think.
 

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I think that's where using a designated potty area comes into play. I've heard of people using potty mats or cat litter boxes for their dogs to use.

We did that in Bodie's 8x8' play pen for the first few weeks. Inside was a designated potty area. I think only once he didn't use it either. It was kinda instinctual for him.
 

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When Ben and I took obedience classes the instructor told of one family who had a little Boston terrier. Apparantly this breed gets cold very quickly and has a hard time going potty outdoors in the winter. The family set up a kiddie pool in their garage and filled it with sand and some sod. The Boston went potty in the pool. By putting the grass in there it was like going outside and reduced confusion for the pup.

I thought that was a neat idea.
 

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Originally Posted By: NathayutThis is off topic: A lot of people are talking about how to make puppy potty outside. I want to talk about people who can not bring their dog outside (bad weather all the time or high building). If they set one room for their dog to potty in. How can they know the different between that room and other room? It's all still indoor for them, eh? Let's see what you think.

my dog will be going outside regardless of the weather. there's no compromise on that one. the dog's potty area is outside, and she knows it already at 3 months. she's not real fond of the rain, and when she's not happy outside, she does her thing quickly and pulls like a train all the way back to the door of our building. we live on the 4th floor. because i have a bad right ankle, i can't do stairs on a regular basis and we only have 1 elevator. she seems to have no problem waiting for it. we've only had her 7 days so far and we have had no accidents at night, and only a few little ones during the day (in the span of a week) that are mostly due to me not being attentive enough. unless someone is disabled the dog should really be going outside.
 

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We have never crate trained. Our present two have their baskets near our bed. If they feel like coming into bed they can, but rarely do these days.
We have it easy if they need to go out in the night, which is rare, as we can let them out into our garden. Living in a block of flats must be hard work, but I cant imagine having an indoor toilet for a dog.
 

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I am planing to build a 3x3 feet k9-grass garden in laundry room. My dog already go potty in there. The system will have drain and flush like our toilet (but a lot bigger). He will love it.

I live in 3 storey building. My dog will never move in cold weather ... he will just stand there, doing nothing except shaking like a cell phone.

I will keep you update with the result.
 
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