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When Hank was little he was crated at night in our bedroom. I didn't set an alarm but since he was right there I could hear him stir and could whisk him outside. No playing, no talking other than praise and a small treat when he went, then back in the crate. After about a week or two he was usually sleeping through the night.

I wouldn't put pee pads in the crate, that's his "den" and he'll want to keep it clean.
Actually, I wouldn't use pee pads at all. I like to teach new puppies that ALL peeing/pooping is done outdoors ALL the time.

I don't think it's an 'either/or' thing with crate/x-pens/baby gates. Whatever works with your home set-up is best. We used a crate at night and gates (kitchen and laundry room) during the day. We stopped crating around 8 mos. and took the gates down around 1 yr. It really depends on the dog.

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We were really lucky with Duke. We got him at 8 weeks and for the first couple of weeks, we'd take him out 2-3 times a night. He just transitioned pretty easily. He loves his kennel (we always give him a treat when he goes in there). He actually has two kennels - one upstairs for breaks during the day and one in our basement office - he prefers the basement kennel. We have a bedroom downstairs so he's not in the basement alone and that's where he's most comfortable. He has gone to daycare since he was 9 weeks old so he's pretty tired at night and sleeps pretty soundly. It's pricey but it's made a world of difference in his training and socialization. :-)
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Thanks....everyone is being so helpful. It's so nice to hear others stories, and ideas. I think no matter what I do, baby gates or xpen is going to happen for sure. It's been so long since I have had a little guy and I am having trouble not letting him control my I feel like I can't leave the room when he awake! My housecleaning and laundry are suffering...hehe. Thanks again...and I look forward to more replies!
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We started crating Simba in our room for the first few weeks. It was easier since we could hear him wake up and move around, and for him, he knew that we weren't far away. He didn't take well to the mesh crate at all, so we went right to a metal one. You'll have to gauge whether or not to crate him, or confine him to a room at night. I liked the idea of the crate since he knows its his territory.. At 7 months, when I clean / replace his blankets, he follows me right in to make sure I'm not messing up his home!

I'd also take the pee pads out (we never used them to be honest). IMO it just encourages them to go inside of the house. We also have hardwoods, so cleanup isn't too bad at all. We just went out every 45 minutes or so for the first month, and if it was during play, it was every 20 minutes. After each pee/poop outside he was rewarded with a nice treat. It only took a week or so before he would run to the door. We have got lucky that he hasn't gone #2 ever inside, but at 7 months he has one #1 accident a month, mostly due to us missing his cue (usually right after indoor play). We still take him out every 45mins to an hour if he has to stay inside.

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