OK . I also am wondering what type of bed to use in the crate early on. I don't want the puppy to eat it. I am thinking the puppy the 1st week will spend a lot of time in its crate just adjusting and letting the other dogs & cats get to know him. My plan is to then gate off the kitchen and while I am there give him more freedom. I also understand we should take him for walks until he has completed his shots. We do want him to be social with people so how do we go about socializing him at this young age. We plan also to take him for some obedience training, after his shots are complete. We have gone thru training before so we pretty much know what to do but I think it is good for the social aspect. What type of collar do you use? I think just a small nylon soft collar and a light lead would be good to get him adjusted and walk him in our backyard to potty. I trained our cairn to potty in one area of the yard when on leash. She still does that today and is very well housebroken. We had a hard time finding her good chew toys because she has a very hard chew. Besides kongs any suggestions on toys? Well thank you all for any suggestions on how we will train this dog to be a "great dog" and a good member of our home and community. Although I have had large dogs, it was years ago. I always wanted a boxer myself so this will be fun for me too.