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This is what I did when I brought Isabel home at 8 weeks. I kept her kennel down the hall closer to the kitchen. My room is about 15 feet from where the kennel is. The reason I did this is so she would learn to sleep on her own and not be wanting to be w me, by continuing to whine. She needs to learn independence and to enjoy her home, her kennel. I left the kennel door open during the day and made it real comfy in the kennel. So, unless it was night time or I left the house, Isabel loved going in and out her kennel on hee own while the door was open. I made sure I took her water away around 7pm. And took hee out to potty as late as I could, like 11 pm. She was great. No whining, except a couple timea when my daughters were too loud and Isabel wanted to play!! She now, at seven months, sleeps wherever she wants. Sometimes in her open kennel, sometimes on my bed, and sometimes in a bed of hers in the living room. Whatever u decide, stick w it. I do put her in her kennel when I work. Good luck.
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I'm looking for a travel crate on craigslist to use to pick him up and also for the first few nights in my bedroom. If I can't find one for less than $50 then I think I'm going to keep him downstairs (in the bigger crate with a divider) and just set an alarm for myself to wake up a few times during the night to go check on him or buy a baby monitor that isn't too expensive. We have a grandfather clock that I might not wind up so it doesn't spook him the first few nights.


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I'm looking for a travel crate on craigslist to use to pick him up and also for the first few nights in my bedroom. If I can't find one for less than $50 then I think I'm going to keep him downstairs (in the bigger crate with a divider) and just set an alarm for myself to wake up a few times during the night to go check on him or buy a baby monitor that isn't too expensive. We have a grandfather clock that I might not wind up so it doesn't spook him the first few nights.
I believe our travel crate is 36" long. She fits just fine in that. We just leave it in the back of the van, and throw her pillow bed in it when we take her somewhere. I believe Walmart has new ones for $60-70, but I don't believe they are airline approved, if that matters.

I've bought many things on Craig's List. If you see one you like, but don't like the price, make them an offer. It's an incredible PITA to sell something on Craig's List. They just want to get it over with. Also, before you meet someone to look at a crate, have them email you a copy of their driver's license, and don't go alone.

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