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    when she is inside fully at nights. At the moment she is still with the others. Before dog forums I always thought the idea cruel. I never understood it. I felt that my FIL crating the dogs at night was cruel too, better off on a chain I thought. They have room to take a few steps, turn around etc in their crates and I have totally changed my mind.

    Am thinking it is going to be so much easier to crate Jodi at nights in our room till she is past the chewing everything stage. She can then graduate, like every other inside dog we have had to her bed on the floor, waking us to go out when needed. Jodi will of course be toileted in the night whilst crated, Pretty goes out a couple of times.

    I may also have it big enough to use outside if she tends to want to be a car follower when we go out. Pretty isn't and is content to just wave goodbye. Jodi may or may not turn out to be the same.

    The treatments I will be having will necessitate a full day away probably weekly or fortnightly. I am hoping she will be content just to be under the house with Pretty. I really do not want her crated for that amount of day time. Possibly better to have her in the laundry if that is the case. Just looking at worst case scenarios as I find that if you factor them in it rarely happens that you have to use them.

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    Yeah, wanna make God laugh, tell him your plans!

    I honestly don't know how those who crate their puppies/young dogs in their bedrooms at night could handle getting up all the time throughout the night to go outside to allow dog/pup to do it's business? Hell, that drove me crazy when my kids were babies. Lol.
    (Not that I took the kids outside, but YKWIM.)

    How do you handle being woken up all the time?

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    please dont crate me :P i'll stop be annoying at night promise :P

    Sorry i have nothing else to add just saw my name and had to say something :P

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    lol Jodz.

    With shadow, like with kids I just was tuned in but otherwise could sleep through everything. It helped that he always woke hubby as an adult. Pretty wakes him too, not me. Jodi can and will be outside in between season nights. Winter though I want them in and summer, the mozzies are a real problem here. Heartworm injections are a must.
    I have never had any problems with them settling in good time. This time though I could be incapacitated with side effects of treatment possibly and I want to cover my bases even though pup proofing will be done as much as possible. Lordy I loath the puppy stage, lol.

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    There is always the option of a snug kennel outside but I like them with me. Gives me an ahhhhh we are together feeling. One cat is always on the bed and in winter so is another. Yay for king sized beds.
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    I didn't exactly crate frosty at night when I was trying to sleep - or if I was going to I should have set the crate up in the bedroom not the kitchen. Oops.

    So bedtimes - I put her on a lead, ran the lead (or an extension of it) under my bed and attached it on the far side. And there was a bed for her on the floor next to my bed where I could reach her if I wanted. And she could if she wanted climb on top of my bed or sniff me or whatever, but she generally didn't. So when she got up, the multiple metal disks on her collar would usually wake me up, otherwise the tension on the lead and the click clack of claws on floor boards would. So I'd take her out for a quick YKW.

    I couldn't tie the lead to me like one of my friends did with her puppy, because I sleep like a washing machine in wash cycle.

    Last night I tried to sleep at my brother's place (babysitting duty). His dog had access to my room (or we'd all suffocate - it was a bit hot with the doors closed). And Frosty had access to my brother's dog. Eventually I put the lead on Frosty and forced her to sit on her mat next to my bed. And every now and again there'd be a possum or koala or mad hoon noise and Frosty would go WOOOFFFF!!! and wake me and Tinker Stinker up, who would come and check on us, usually sit on me or push Frosty off her mat...

    I need to get Frosty a bean bag. Hopefully a doggy chew proof one, or a really really cheap one. She loves bean bags, to sit on. And bite a bit. Sigh. Her bed was and still is a cardboard box lined with old pillows (you're supposed to replace them from time to time), and old sheets - the ones that have holes before she started chewing them.

    I used the crate in the kitchen - mostly when I didn't want any doggy help cooking.

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    I do remember your advice to others re the lead, and thought of it, Hy.

    On the bean bag thing, maybe tougher materials are around now but in the 70's the place where I was living had one split, they went everywhere and were a real cow to clean up. You would find them in places you would never ever expect. Years later the house was demolished. A friend told me they still found some then too, lol.

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    I think they need to be fairly tough to stop them from exploding when people flop on top of them instead of sitting slowly and gracefully - not exactly easy with a bean bag.

    Ours used to spring tiny leaks from being skewered on something sharp somewhere. Not quite as scary as a beanbag explosion. Static electricity and vaccuum cleaners the only thing that worked.

    Still - flop proof is not the same as chew proof. I think I'd need a bean bag made out of kevlar which takes the fun out of it - Kevlar is quite stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I didn't exactly crate frosty at night when I was trying to sleep - or if I was going to I should have set the crate up in the bedroom not the kitchen. Oops.

    So bedtimes - I put her on a lead, ran the lead (or an extension of it) under my bed and attached it on the far side. And there was a bed for her on the floor next to my bed where I could reach her if I wanted. And she could if she wanted climb on top of my bed or sniff me or whatever, but she generally didn't. So when she got up, the multiple metal disks on her collar would usually wake me up, otherwise the tension on the lead and the click clack of claws on floor boards would. So I'd take her out for a quick YKW.

    I couldn't tie the lead to me like one of my friends did with her puppy, because I sleep like a washing machine in wash cycle.

    Last night I tried to sleep at my brother's place (babysitting duty). His dog had access to my room (or we'd all suffocate - it was a bit hot with the doors closed). And Frosty had access to my brother's dog. Eventually I put the lead on Frosty and forced her to sit on her mat next to my bed. And every now and again there'd be a possum or koala or mad hoon noise and Frosty would go WOOOFFFF!!! and wake me and Tinker Stinker up, who would come and check on us, usually sit on me or push Frosty off her mat...

    I need to get Frosty a bean bag. Hopefully a doggy chew proof one, or a really really cheap one. She loves bean bags, to sit on. And bite a bit. Sigh. Her bed was and still is a cardboard box lined with old pillows (you're supposed to replace them from time to time), and old sheets - the ones that have holes before she started chewing them.

    I used the crate in the kitchen - mostly when I didn't want any doggy help cooking.
    For a cheap bean bag, check out Kmart or The Warehouse. I get mine from there as Batty loves them and they start from around $13 usually. The warehouse also sell some pretty nice dog beds, I bought one that is chocolatey brown and suede material :-D Batty loves it too! Don't know if this helps, but it works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I think they need to be fairly tough to stop them from exploding when people flop on top of them instead of sitting slowly and gracefully - not exactly easy with a bean bag.

    Ours used to spring tiny leaks from being skewered on something sharp somewhere. Not quite as scary as a beanbag explosion. Static electricity and vaccuum cleaners the only thing that worked.

    Still - flop proof is not the same as chew proof. I think I'd need a bean bag made out of kevlar which takes the fun out of it - Kevlar is quite stiff.
    An expensive, yet soft way to do it is to use old pairs of Draggin Jeans - they're for motorcycle riders and have kevlar patches, if you're good with a sewing machine it may work??

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