Congratulations on the new puppy! I just recently got one myself...about 3 weeks ago. The first night Lola slept on a comforter next to our bed. The second night we put her in her crate with a fleece blanket and a few of our old t-shirts so our smell would be in there as well as a little monkey stuffed toy that she loves. She whined a little so I layed down in front of the crate until she calmed down and fell asleep. That went on for a few days. Now I'm usually playing with her at night so when she gets tired and she'll crawl up on my lap to fall asleep, so after a few minutes I'll put her in her crate and she passes right out again if she wakes up at all. If she falls asleep during the day I'll put her in it and leave the door open as long as I'm in the same room. It takes time, but he'll get used to it. Lola doesn't mind her crate at all now...and I happy to say she only went the bathroom in it once and that was durning the day when my boyfriend had to leave the house for a few hours and the poor little girl just couldn't hold it any longer! This forum is great to ask any and all questions! And the people on here are wonderful! They've helped me out a lot! Good luck!