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Hello everyone, thought i'd introduce myself. I have been lurking on the forums for a good few months now whilst we decided if getting a Cockapoo (or indeed any pet) was sensible.

Well today we finally bought Alfie home. He is lovely, he is apricot and white. We are going to be crate training him and so far so good. We've had a few accidents on the carpet but we are using training pads and have seen some improvement since this morning.

He seems happy and is not put off by our 11, 4 and 2.5 year old children :)
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Hello :) Thanks for the welcome. I will hopefully be able to update soon with positive progress lol.

Tonight we are going to put Alfie in his crate. At the moment it is in the hallway. I did wonder if he sounded too distressed that maybe for a while we should put the crate in our bedroom - but not sure if this is a good idea or not :)
 

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Hello :) Thanks for the welcome. I will hopefully be able to update soon with positive progress lol.

Tonight we are going to put Alfie in his crate. At the moment it is in the hallway. I did wonder if he sounded too distressed that maybe for a while we should put the crate in our bedroom - but not sure if this is a good idea or not :)
I think it's a personal choice where you put the crate. We chose not to put Lolly's crate in our bedroom and left it in the lounge instead. She did cry a bit on and off for the first 4 nights and then on the 5th she cried all night. I started a thread about it and we were about to move her to our bedroom but decided to try one more night, only that night we did a few different things following advice from other people here and our vet.

We bought a bed which I encouraged her to sleep in outside the crate during the day

We all took turns wearing an old t-shirt which we put in the bed with her.

We bought some DAP spray from the vet and sprayed her bed and crate with it.

Left the radio on for her

Tried to play with her lots and wear her out for the hour or so before we wanted to go to bed.

Well it worked! She slept through that night and has done ever since with her crate still in the lounge! We've had Lolly 3 weeks now and finally she is starting to go into her crate by herself for naps during the day.

Good luck tonight and I hope all goes well :)
 

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Thanks Janet - I remember reading your thread before I became a member because I had to google DAP spray :)
Alfie is currently asleep under the coffee table but we'll start moving about soon and play with him for a while before bed then a quick toilet trip outside and we'll take the night from there. We are going to try and keep her in the hall and will see how he goes.
Fingers crossed :)
 

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Hi - how is Alfie today? I bet the kids are in love with him aren't they? My children are 3(early 4) and 2.5 and we got Rosie about three months ago now. They absolutely love her.
 

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Hi Sherry!! Would love to see some pics.

We also kept Noodle in the room where we plan to have her sleeping forever. It would have been easier to have her in our room as she wouldn't have whined so much, but then I was worried she'd get used to it and we'd just have to go through all of that when we actually moved her back to the study - so it could basically be delaying the inevitable. Or maybe he'd get used to his crate and then not care where you put it - I don't really know!

Noodle was great after a few nights, slept right through the night with no toilet incidents (although I do ensure that she has her last meal quite early) and went to bed without a wimper.

Enjoy! Aren't they gorgeous!! :)
 

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Hello to you all. We are still waiting for our puppy but we will be crate training. I am so surprised that lots of us have the same dilemmas about were to sleep our puppies.

Good luck with the crate xxx
 

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Evening everyone, well ... what can I say, Alfie went to bed nicely but whinged for an hour until just gone midnight. By this time he'd woken the youngest child up, who was then sick all over me as he was coughing so much, so I ended up having a shower at 1250am this morning.
In the end, we moved the crate into our bedroom. Alfie slept until 420am when he started circling his crate, but by the time i'd opened the crate he'd wee'd (not his fault I know). Next minute I looked and it was 620am Alfie was awake just looking at me.

I'm not sure if we've essentially made things worse by having him in our room - time will tell.
 

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I don't think it matters if you move them after a while. We started Dylan off downstairs and then moved him after about 6 weeks into our room. They just adapt. Personally I think that when they are little and missing their litter it is fine to give them as much comfort as possible. Once they are settled and confident I think it is quite easy to get them to adapt to a new situation. If Dylan became a pest upstairs then I would expect to be able to move him down without too much issue, because he is so happy and settled and loved - he would just accept it. I think do whatever seems best for you at the time - they will fall into line.
 

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We have had Jess in her crate, and she loves it. We cover it at night with an old curtain and never had any problems with crying, think she likes the security of it x
 

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We're going to see how he goes tonight and keep him in the hall as we originally planned. He doesn't mind his crate, he'll wonder to it, if he has had enough of the children lol.
 

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I think like with babies you just do what you've got to do to suite your circumstances, the rest of your family and your lifestyle. Dont beat yourself up if its not going to plan as with babies they are all individual and you'll look back when he's a bit older, when its all sloted into place and wonder how you got there. Its trial and error but you'll get there ... good luck x
 
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