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Here are my comments. Keep in mind, I am NOT an expert in this area!!

Do we need to keep Marley and the new puppy (not yet named) mostly seperated? I would think they should meet, he's 9 weeks and his siblings left home last week and there are other dogs (his parents plus another) in his current home, so he's been around other dogs, but I don't know if Marley should really play with him too much. (He has had his first round of shots.) I'm just nervous that Marley will be beside herself with excitement to have another doggy in the house and play too rough with him and bother him or somehow get him sick. Or get nutty being seperated from him within the house. I assuming I should use the same consideration for a new puppy just like an infant child. When I brought Dakota home at 8 weeks, Sparky, a 9ish year old dog, was spending a lot of time with us. It was Dakota harrassing Sparky to play all the time. I would give Dakota time-outs in his crate to give Sparky a break. (At close to two years, Dakota still harasses Sparky, but Sparky is now on his own!) As needed, Sparky gives Dakota corrections--a process I did not ever feel the need to interfere in. Others will give you advise on how to introduce the two. With Dakota and Sparky, they met in our family room and things went just fine. I'm sure that can vary based on the personalities of the dogs involved.

2. Marley's previous owner did not crate train. She learned to go to her bed and learned all the basic commands and was housebroken. In our house she has her bed, but has freedom at night to roam the house and generally sleeps on the floor next to our daughter's bed or on the foot of her bed. Like most doodles, she just needs to be near someone and give/receive love. The downside to this is she's often not ready to settle into bed until midnight or later and wants in and out of the house a few times before settling down. However we are getting a crate for the puppy and plan to crate train him. I'm just wondering if it's doable when Marley has a different routine? We wouldn't mind crate training Marley too, but she's so used to sleeping with our daughter I don't know how realistic it is to re-train her. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with crating the puppy until it earns the right to more freedom as Marley has already earned. I also would not change Marley's priveledges, that may (or may not) create resentment toward the pup.

3. Our house is mostly carpet. I'm hoping to proactively minimize the accidents and will be diligent about potty breaks outside. With such a tiny puppy, do we keep him contained in a space using baby gates right now? Probably not while he is closely supervised. I didn't do it, but others have tethered their puppies to them while doing chores in the house so they could watch the pup and praise/correct as required. I can't imagine him roaming the house at this stage, but there's a good section of our kitchen/breakfast nook we can close off with baby gates or even our master bathroom. And if we keep him in the bathroom, we can shut the bedroom door and keep Marley totally out of sight if that is what is best for both. Also, 2 days a week I'm at work so he would be inside all day. There's no one to let him out and neither of us work close by to come home at lunch. Is this a total problem? It's a long time for a puppy. Marley has learned to control herself so I'm assuming we can eventually reach that with the puppy too.
 
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