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I don't see any thing wrong with letting your puppy sleep in the same room as you do or even letting him sleep in your bed with you.You're going to miss alot of hilarious things that your puppy will do. Plus I do believe they feel alot safer. I'm not an expert I'm just talking about my personal feeling
Thanks for all your advice everyone - I do eventually want the puppy to sleep with us but only once he's housebroken...

Then if I were you, I'd put him in the bed now. Housebreaking will actually be easier if the puppy's right there with you- it makes you aware of when he wakes up.
My JRT slept in the bed from day one, which was at 13 weeks- she was tied to the radiator next to my head, so she couldn't get up and wander around. And from day one, she slept peacefully through the night, then woke me up by licking my face - or to be precise, by sticking her itty-bitty tongue up my nose- when she had to pee in the morning.Mind you, she tended to do that at an ungodly hour, and I DID have to take her out RIGHT AWAY for the first month or so; any delay, and she wouldn't be able to hold it any more. (Small dogs have correspondingly small bladders- and she weighed less than 5lbs at the time.) OTOH, if she'd been in a crate and had to wake me up by fussing, she would probably never have made it outside at that age.

And within a few weeks, she started sleeping later than the crack of dawn, and I had time to at least grab my glasses before running downstairs with her. She also grew big enough that her tongue no longer easily fit in human nostrils. ;-) I'm firmly of the belief that having a puppy sleep with you from day one enhances bonding and reinforces your position as leader of the pack, btw.
Hi, I just got an adorable new puppy. He's just beautiful and has a very sweet disposition. I am trying ... another room inside the crate. The poor thing cries for a looong time though and it's just pitiful to hear.

Your friend isn't as experienced as I would like them to be. The puppy belongs in your room, with his pack. In his crate is fine, but right next to the bed.
Am I going to create some kind of emotional issue like making him feel abandoned by doing this?

Yes
Wow, you guys are great. I'm so glad that so many people are saying the same things. I will try out your advice and hopefully didn't scar the little guy already (it's only been 2 nights but still...).
Thanks so much! Here's to a better night for the pup... and a new lesson learned for it's owner. (one of many, I'm sure!)
Ana
The bedroom is very small and it would be hard to crate him in there. I could figure something out ... out? If I do this temporarily, will it be harder down the road for him to sleep in another room?

Why does he need to sleep in another room down the road?

My one pup slept in the bedroom at night, without crying and I took him out every four hours or so until I was certain he would sleep through. I am a light sleeper and placing him on the bed meant that when he woke up, I woke up. It worked well for that dog. He slept through the night after just a few days or a week.
My other dog wouldn't stay on the bed, and I crated him for the first few weeks. He didn't mind sleeping in the crate next to the bed, and so didn't cry.
By making the crate the place where you abandon the puppy at night, you are setting the puppy up to be terrified of the crate.
Wow, you guys are great. I'm so glad that so many people are saying thesame things. I will try out your advice and hopefully didn't scar the littleguy already (it's only been 2 nights but still...).

don't worry, letting him sleep alone for two nights won't scar him. both of my dogs sleep in their crates at the opposite end of the house, and they're fine. there are too many cats in my bed to let the dogs sleep there too. -)
-kelly
don't worry, letting him sleep alone for two nights won't scar him. both of my dogs sleep in their crates ... house, and they're fine. there are too many cats in my bed to let the dogs sleep there too. :-)

I've got two cats and two dogs in my bed every night. Not a problem.

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I've got two cats and two dogs in my bed every night. Not a problem.

i take it your dogs don't try to eat your cats while you sleep?

-kelly
Am I going to create some kind of emotional issue like making him feel abandoned by doing this?

Yea. Dogs are pack animals - they need to be with their pack to feel secure.

Put the crate in your room at night.
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