to EBN and congratulations on getting a new pup! I, personally like to have their crate where they are not so isolated. It is good to crate train-make it a good place to be, not an isolation chamber. Some people have them in a different room at bedtime, some have them in their bedroom, and some have the dog in their bed with them. It IS a matter of choice. I would have the crate in an area where you spend most of your time-or at least near it. Make sure you have toys that he can chew on-like Kongs and Nylabones, but not the edible kind. No rawhides. Nothing small enough to swallow. If you give stuffed toys-must watch as he grows because many will pull stuffing and eat it. They will swallow anything that they can!! As far as the crate-I don't know about those kind-but someone here will. Best Wishes with your new baby!!