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Old 03-18-2012, 10:03 PM
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I have to get my dogs out of my bed!

One of my dogs slept perfectly well in a crate at night by our bed for years. Then, she suddenly started to pant ALL night long and it drove me so batty that I succumbed and started letting her sleep in bed with us. Then the second dog joined us. We upgraded to 3 dogs last November and ended up letting all of them sleep in bed with us. But, it is too much! My husband and I are having trouble sleeping because of them. We have to come up with another solution.

So far what I have tried is getting one of them (who minds well) to learn to sleep on a bed on the floor, and crating the other two together (so they have plenty of room, but neither are well minded enough to stay free on the floor). The one that pants is of course in the crate.

She was okay for the first day or two, but the panting and sleepless nights have resumed. I don't know what to do! I don't know why she pants all the time.

Any suggestions? We cannot let them sleep with us anymore. I would be fine with having them all sleep in their own beds, but I don't know how to train them to sleep on the floor after all these years.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:17 PM
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I don't know if it would work, but maybe "settle/ go to place"? I had a similar issue growing up when one of my dogs (who slept in my bed for 10 years) began peeing in her sleep. I tried to get her to sleep on the floor, but ended up training her to sleep on a small blanket for bed-wetters on the bed instead (which worked for us). I'm reading the book "Controlled Unleashed", and there is a great section on how to get your dog to absolutely love their "place", whether that's a blanket, a dog bed or a crate.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:58 AM
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One of my dogs slept perfectly well in a crate at night by our bed for years. Then, she suddenly started to pant ALL night long and it drove me so batty that I succumbed and started letting her sleep in bed with us. Then the second dog joined us. We upgraded to 3 dogs last November and ended up letting all of them sleep in bed with us. But, it is too much! My husband and I are having trouble sleeping because of them. We have to come up with another solution.

So far what I have tried is getting one of them (who minds well) to learn to sleep on a bed on the floor, and crating the other two together (so they have plenty of room, but neither are well minded enough to stay free on the floor). The one that pants is of course in the crate.

She was okay for the first day or two, but the panting and sleepless nights have resumed. I don't know what to do! I don't know why she pants all the time.

Any suggestions? We cannot let them sleep with us anymore. I would be fine with having them all sleep in their own beds, but I don't know how to train them to sleep on the floor after all these years.
My last dog pants a lot when he needed to pee really badly, maybe your dog need pee more as it getting older. Can you try removing the water bowl a couple hours before bed time and take the dog just before you go to bed and see this helps?
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One thing that often works is just to tether a dog with a nice leash to your dresser or chair, and provide him a bed there on the floor. That way he stays off your bed, is happy on his bed and it is not a matter of having to shoo him off the bed continuously.

This system worked for us for 10 years with our big old English setter. We made it a pleasant bedtime ritual to tether him and give him a treat and a pet goodnight.
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Any suggestions? We cannot let them sleep with us anymore. I would be fine with having them all sleep in their own beds, but I don't know how to train them to sleep on the floor after all these years.
You could try this training and see if it works for them. Use their beds as the mat. Make their beds a great place to be.
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One thing that often works is just to tether a dog with a nice leash to your dresser or chair, and provide him a bed there on the floor. That way he stays off your bed, is happy on his bed and it is not a matter of having to shoo him off the bed continuously.

This system worked for us for 10 years with our big old English setter. We made it a pleasant bedtime ritual to tether him and give him a treat and a pet goodnight.
It would have to be a heavy chair if the dog is big and wouldn't a dog leash get all wrapped around the chair during the night? This happen when I tether my dogs to a table leg . Marty get all wrapped up and start to cry.
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For some time, I've tried to put my pup in a wired crate with the door open and facing right on the side of my bed. I could touch him any time, and he wouldn't feel trapped behind the wires. But well, due to him suddenly started to wake up in the middle of the night and not sleeping anymore (for a few weeks already), he had to sleep outside the bedroom (he would wake up and start destroying his sheets or bedroom stuffs and we couldn't sleep).
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My last dog pants a lot when he needed to pee really badly, maybe your dog need pee more as it getting older. Can you try removing the water bowl a couple hours before bed time and take the dog just before you go to bed and see this helps?
I could see this being a possibility, my dogs do that too! Sometimes they'll wake me up in the middle of the night panting, I let them outside and they run downstairs to take care of their business!

Also, ditto to what everyone else is saying about crate training! I did it with my GSD puppy, she absolutely LOVES her crate now. When she was young I even use to let her sleep on the bed, that way if she woke up having to potty it'd wake me up and I'd take her out. I think now though, she actually prefers her crate over my bed. Occasionally I let her on my bed, but after a while she'll get down and go snuggle in her crate!

There are lots of great threads and videos out there on crate training. It may be different for you because your dogs are older. What I did though, was I made sure her crate was the best place on earth! Whenever I'd play with her, I get her into a toy and toss it in there. Then maybe play a game of tug while she was in her crate (so she was trying to pull her tug inside the crate.) I'd toss small treats in there for her to find and eat. I'd put her toys in there so she'd go in to grab one. Also, when you tossed a treat in there, it made it more fun to find. Then, finally when she wasn't paying attention, I'd put 2 or 3 small treats around in it. That way, when she happened to walk in there TA-DA! Magic! Then, once she was 100% comfortable being in there, I'd shut the door -then immediately open it. Like for the first you times, maybe 10 seconds. I'd make sure I opened it before she showed any discomfort (which she never did because I made sure she genuinely LOVED her crate). Then I just worked my way up, 10 seconds, 20 seconds ecttt... 1 minute, 2 minutes, ectt... Then walking out of site then directly coming back and opening it and lengthening that time. That way she never felt trapped or like once the door shut she wasn't getting out for another couple hours. It helped big time with potty training at night though, because then I could put her in her crate at night and in the morning she'd wake me up by wagging her tail and I'd take her out in the morning.

Now, if my bedroom door is shut, she'll walk up too it and wag her tail. I open my door and she makes a bee-line to her crate. Just make sure you never use the crate as punishment or lock them up before they're comfortable in there. Their crate and bed should always be associated with good things! I don't know if this will work for you, it's just what worked for me. Good luck!
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I need my some of my dogs in the bed, or I can't sleep! But I discourage the Borzoi because he is 100lbs and his coat causes him to get warm in the night and start to pant, which is exceedingly annoying. Providing him a large bed in front of a fan did the trick! And I like the sound of the fan.
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Ooh, I like the fan idea rigby!! My GSD will start to do that as well. Another reason she gets of my bed, she gets too hot! This could be a problem. Maybe if you couldn't set up a fan you could take one of those large back cooler things (those soft packs you can put in your freezer and they freeze for injuries) you could wrap it in a towel and place it in the crate so they could have a cool place to lay on! As long as they could get of it too so that they don't get cold.
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