Cricket has been sleeping in his crate next to my side of the bed since we brought him home at 8 weeks. He's now 14 weeks, and has been sleeping through the night reliably for about two weeks (11 or 12 at night until my alarm goes off at 5:30). I think he was able to sleep through the night earlier, but a few mishaps with the cats jumping onto his crate at 3:00 or 4:00 am disrupted the process. He also has a crate downstairs in the dining room where he sleeps when alone at home, or when he needs to nap and won't settle down.
We would like to move him to his downstairs crate at night. One main reason is that it's becoming very difficult to figure out what to do with him when my alarm goes off at 5:30. I have 30 minutes to shower, get dressed for work, and head downstairs to get my kids' breakfast together before they wake up for school (6:00 am). My husband and I each take a kid to school and head to work from there, so I really need to get ready in that 30 minute window between 5:30 and 6:00. I used to take Cricket out of the crate, take him downstairs to pee, then back upstairs, where I closed him in the bathroom with me while I showered. Now that he's getting bigger, it's becoming so hard to carry a wriggling, excited puppy downstairs while my eyes are still practically shut, and he's no longer that keen on being closed into the bathroom with me while I shower. - no matter how many toys I put in there with us. If he were downstairs, I could leave him in there until after I shower and am ready to focus on him.
I've also noticed that he's become wise to the routine and he wants to putz around in the kitchen and outside without eating his kibble because he wants to prolong the process.
Does anyone have any tips for making the transition less painful (or WILL it be painful? Isn't there a chance he'll take it in stride?)? He's good as gold at night and when husband brings him up to bed (I go to bed first and husband comes up later and deposits him into the crate) he settles down to sleep without a peep. I hate to stress him out by switching his sleep location. It's not the end of the world to keep going like this for a few more weeks since husband and I are both college professors and the 5:30 am-must-shower routine will go on hold for the summer months, but it sure would make mornings less hectic.