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sleeping arrangements for puppy and 9 year Golden

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It's been several years since I was on this site and I'm so happy to know you are still here! We are in the happy position of adding a second Golden to our family, and of course, I have a few questions. Our Golden girl Ivy just turned 9 a few weeks ago, and we will be bringing home an as-yet unnamed boy in a week. I've dug the crate out of the barn and gotten it cleaned and ready, but I'm still noodling through the best place to put it. When we brought Ivy home, the crate was upstairs in our bedroom. It seemed to soothe her a little to hear the rhythm of our sleeping on those first few nights. She still sleeps in our bedroom, either on her dog bed or on the rug. When she was a puppy we also had our kitchen closed off with baby gates and we had a puppy bed set up there, as well as food bowls, etc. That won't work for the new pup, as it would close off Ivy's access to HER food and disrupt her flow to the back door. We do have a side room where we can set up the crate and can gate off access to the rest of the house, but I wondered whether anyone thinks we could add the crate to our bedroom, or whether that's simply asking too much of Ivy? I've had a Golden Retriever almost continuously since 1996, but never two at once, so I know I have a lot to learn. Thanks!
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Add the crate to the bedroom, Ivy will adjust just fine as long as she continues to get some individual time with you and regular breaks from the puppy. I am thinking you will want to figure out some way to change up the kitchen situation - do you free feed Ivy? As long as she has access to water and is let out regularly, I'd think that you'd be a lot happier getting the new puppy trained using your old kitchen system. You'll want to supervise feeding or feed the puppy in her crate at first and have a system worked out where you can easily separate your puppy (if you don't own an exercise pen I can't recommend it highly enough. A great investment in puppy management. We still use ours occasionally and our dogs are 6&8).

Best of luck, I think you are going to have a great time - You are going to wonder why you've never had two Goldens at once before, it's SO much fun to have two dogs, our family will never have just one dog again. I hope you'll share photos and stories here with us. We need to hear the name for the little boy


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Oh very timely question. I am hoping to add a new puppy around mid-September and Káva is 71/2 ... so I have all sorts of questions like this one!

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Thanks for the quick reply!
We have a few ex-pens I was going to link together for supervised outside time until he is old enough for invisible fence system (we live on almost 8 acres which are abbutted by a busy road on one side, not to mention a creek, woods, and field areas. The invisible fence cordons a lot of that off while still leaving over 1.5 acres of lawn, wwhere of course we will primarily use a leash). I was considering getting an extra ex pen to use in the side room we were thinking of keeping the puppy, as it has a double door opening and is too wide for most gates. As I think through the reality of the crate in the bedroom, it's clear I need to try it on for size -not sure the crate will even fit in the open floor space that isn't taken up by Ivy's bed, the dressers, and our bed. That said, I like the idea of him with us, and imagine he would too. My first dog Tess simply slept in bed with me. Issue solved, lol.

We don't free feed Ivy. Her bowls are in the kitchen and she eats twice a day. I know we can move her food out of the kitchen - it's not like she won't be able to find it, but it would be one more adjustment.

Re: names. The puppy is the guy in the first image above. He's a chunk! We are considering Wilson (a street where we used to live, as Ivy is an area in which we live), Tate, Dale, Oliver, Bear, Beau, and Grey.

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The puppy is adorable! Ivy looks so sweet and I love the sheep stuffies of all sizes next to her, lol
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Oh my gosh, I LOVE WILSON!!! Makes me think of Tim's neighbor on Home Improvement.

If you don't free feed Ivy, just leave the bowls where they are and crate the puppy while Ivy is eating, they'll probably eat at the same time anyway, right???

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