Just been reading about crate options. Our plan is to put the crate(the standard fare, not a small one by any means) in my son's bedroom. The puppy will be in there for the night time sleep and daytime naps. That's the plan anyway. We will be crating off the carpeted areas in our home on the first floor. I will have a dog bed for our puppy on the first floor, as I wasn't planning on purchasing two crates, one for up and one for down. How do people manage this type of situation? Just wondering. I'm hoping this will get us through a few months, until our puppy can safely and happily be free at night to sleep next to the bed or on the bed, or in the bed and be in the house with the areas that we designate for our dog. I never crated a dog before and I'm okay with the idea now, I just want to be able to get to the point where we can have her free in the house once she is old enough, again with the carpeted areas secure and her crate in the family room with the door open so that she can come and go as she pleases. Until then, we'll see how it goes. It's all trial and error, I get that.