Hello everyone! I’m so happy to have discovered this helpful site. I’m raising a puppy for the first time (in my adult life) and am completely new to poodles. Our mini “Fuzzy” joined our family at 8 weeks, he is now 20 weeks. Most things are going well. He is sweet, affectionate, playful, friendly and very attached to our family (mom, dad, 7 year old boy) and healthy/growing well. He is a chewer, so has to be monitored or confined for safety. I’m posting because we have a unique set up and are having problems with potty training and sleeping and I’m hoping folks here can share some advice. We live in an elevated ranch home, so for ease/simplicity we have placed two artificial grass pads on our deck just outside a sliding door. For the past two weeks Fuzzy seems to have finally gotten it, and even rings a bell we have hanging to let us know he needs to go out. (The only challenge now is he also rings it just to take a quick walk around the deck and bark at some leaves 😄). For sleeping, he is in a bedroom by himself, in a soft crate with the door open and inside a pen. The crate/pen combo is what his breeder recommended and it was the only room we had the space for it (actually had to dissemble my son’s bed to make space). He also has two pee pads on trays in his pen that he had been using regularly at night, and even occasionally when the weather has been very bad outside. We leave the pen open during the day, so he has free access to those pads and his crate anytime. He had also been napping in there (I would place him there twice a day to ensure good naps). But in the last couple weeks, he has stopped sleeping there. He cries and howls if we place him there, and prefers to nap around the living room. He sleeps, but not for long stretches like before. The worst part is he now refuses to sleep at night in there. We put him down when everyone goes to sleep (as we always have) and anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours later he wakes up crying and howling. We’ve been getting up and tending to him, letting him out to the deck, but then he wants to play and cuddle for an hour or more before going back to sleep, and sometimes it happens 2/3 times per night. We were thinking/hoping it was a phase, but it’s gone on so long now and everyone goes back to school/work next week... I am a SAHM and my son is doing distance learning so Fuzzy is rarely alone during the day. I think part of it is he needs to go potty and no longer likes to poop in his pen (he still has 1-2 bowel movements per night, and they’ve gotten pretty stinky)) and part of it is he’s lonely (from everything I’ve read about having poodles sleep in the same room). But since we can’t fit the pen in our room, and he’s never slept with the crate door closed, we can’t figure out how to safely and comfortably let him sleep in our room. We’ve tried a couple set ups with him (just briefly, not overnight) and all he wants is to get in the bed with us, which is not an option (my son already sleeps with us, so the bed is already crowded). He also needs a larger crate as he’s gotten too tall for the one we have, which I will replace in the next couple days. So we’re struggling with trying to find a way for him to sleep in our room, but where/how does he go potty, and how do we confine him, and how do we deal with him wanting to be on the bed? Or, do we make some changes in his current room to make him comfortable there again? I’d love to get to the point where he could sleep in our room not contained, and he would just get up and go to a pad on his own in the other room (just next to ours) when he needs to. Remember that if he wakes me up while in the same room he’ll also wake up my son. Am I expecting too much? Any advice is much appreciated. TIA!