Are you going to move the crate when pup gets a bit bigger or will she stay there until you decide she's ready to be out of the crate? That's something else to consider. Once she's used to her surroundings (new people, new home, etc.) I would consider finding a spot for the crate outside your bedroom. With her growing older, bladder getting stronger to hold longer, something to consider.
It's just something I've always done. My boy sleeps on the bed now, but as a puppy they always stay in the room with me.
Is there a reason you don't want them in the bedroom with you?
I had one pup owner recently who decided to ignore her pup's barks to go out and found herself w/ a huge mess to clean up.
Now that said, my pups are all raised to understand what a "potty pool" (pool w/ pellets, basically a litter box...) is. Some people just refuse to use them, and well.... they aren't going to get near as much sleep as I get. My pup still occasionally needs to go piddle in the middle of the night or am (I don't know other than I can tell by the "fluffy area" in the pellets that she's still needing to relieve herself at least once). My pup is almost 6 mos. Im not rushing it as I've found the girls are much more prone to UTIs so I'd rather not force them to hold it too long.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
It's just something I've always done. I also like being next to them in the night. If they are sick, if anything happens, I'm there to help. I've also read various things that say that it creates a better bond with the owner but WHO KNOWS IF THAT ACTUALLY TRUE. I don't see how you could ever prove that haha
Pattern consistency is what it's called. It's getting a routine going. And the pup adjusts to YOUR routine. You don't adjust to his. I'm not the type of person that says, "do it my way". Actually really enjoy hearing other views and other experiences. You would be surprised what help you can get just by listening to other people's experiences.
My feeling w/young puppies, is it's a give and take thing. I sent an 8 wk old out (first in the litter to go of 5 puppies) in May, and immediately started to get emails of noise complaints at night. I said "she's a baby, she's used to her pile of littermates in the crate... give her time". I asked if the crate was near them and they said no, that's not how they've done any of their other labs. Note that they had other older labs at the time w/ the others though, and now this was an only puppy. She was lonesome! I suggested getting the sleeping bag out for the next night or 2 or putting the crate near the couch or bed. He said, good job for the grandkids.... I agreed, thought we had it handled. 5 day from the day of p/u, they are telling me her "anxiety" is getting worse, and they are not getting any sleep. I asked for more details and it ends up they tried NOTHING I suggested, she was expected to be crated all by herself in the basement. I told them to bring her back. I had someone wanting w/in 2 days who had another of my pups, and guess what, they crated them side by side (also another room) and did not have a problem in the world. So... moral of the story, sometimes it's nice to be a little flexible and train the pup you have vs what you maybe had in the past.
The first owners missed out on a fantastic pup, fantastic all around pedigree.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014