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Old 07-07-2013, 01:35 PM
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Crate to bed- bad idea?

My 14 week puppy has been sleeping in her crate every night since we adopted her at 8 weeks old. She goes in her crate with little complaints and will wake up once or twice to go potty during the night.

Last night our puppy fell asleep in the bed with us. We decided to not move her and she ended up sleeping through the whole night with no potty breaks!

My husband and I are wondering if it would be a bad idea to let her sleep in our bed on a regular basis. We don't know if that will make it easier or harder for her to be in the crate while we are at work (I'm a teacher so right now it is not an issue). We don't have any issue with her sleeping with us, but we also don't want to confuse her.

Any advice or personal experience with this would be much appreciated!
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:51 PM
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My husband and I are wondering if it would be a bad idea to let her sleep in our bed on a regular basis. We don't know if that will make it easier or harder for her to be in the crate while we are at work (I'm a teacher so right now it is not an issue). We don't have any issue with her sleeping with us, but we also don't want to confuse her.

Any advice or personal experience with this would be much appreciated!
Its not a bad idea especially if the pup has to spend long daytime hours in the kennel. You will have to put the pup in the kennel during the day even if you have the summer off to keep the pup used to the kennel.
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It's all about personal preference. If you don't mind her sleeping on the bed, by all means, go for it. Just don't get too frustrated if one of these nights she leaves you a little surprise at night.
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It really helped me and Leesi with potty training at night as I would actually wake up if she moved and wanted to go out

BEsides it's AWESOME to cuddle and snuggle

PS...there can only be ONE Khaleesi
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Calypso sleeps in my bed every night. It hasn't done anything to make her dislike daytime crate time. I generally throw in a dog biscuit with her, especially if I am going to be gone for awhile. And this way I get to wake up to a face full of Bichon every morning!

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Recently Tessa has made the big girl leap to the big bed as well. I was originally worried about her deciding to nip my face during the night, instead I have a snuggle bug . Tessa doesn't like her crate too much, but that was pre-big bed adventure, so instead I just leave her in my room when I go to work; so far no damage


I would do as Dawnben suggests, though, make sure you're putting her in the crate during the day while you're off so going in while you're back to work is nothing out of the normal.
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i have tried to have jessie sleep on the bed at night but she doesnt stay in one place long enough and i get nervous how can i get her settled enough on the bed at night
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Eventually I might bring Cobber into bed, but seeing as he once fell off the couch while sleeping (he's a roller), I would really hate for him to fall/roll off the bed and be hurt and/or scared by that. Much as I would love to snuggle with him, he seems perfectly content in his crate by the side of my bed, so for now... the cats rule the bed
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Eventually I might bring Cobber into bed, but seeing as he once fell off the couch while sleeping (he's a roller), I would really hate for him to fall/roll off the bed and be hurt and/or scared by that. Much as I would love to snuggle with him, he seems perfectly content in his crate by the side of my bed, so for now... the cats rule the bed
I know what you mean about being scared they'd fall off. When I first brought Tessa into bed she stretched out so far she fell off, twice, in one night, while I was sleeping. One minute it's nice a quiet, the next BANG Tessa is on the floor wonder what the heck happened lol.

Granted she's a bigger breed than your cobber, so she didn't get hurt and maybe a little sturdier built, but since then she makes darn sure she's settled directly in the middle so she can't fall again! My mom said it's like teaching a toddler to sleep in a big bed, "they don't learn if they don't fall at least once"; Which left huge questions as to how many times she let me fall off?

If you do bring him into bed with you I suggest you just put some pillows on the sides (kinda of like bumper pads) to keep him from falling. Or if he's a real roller or stretcher, put some more pillows on the floor beside your bed (I used a fluffy duvet); so he has a soft place to fall

Now my only problem is she's become a bed hog lol
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Oscar sleeps in bed with us and has never fallen off the bed. He used to sleep in my daughter's room when we first got him in his bed on her floor, but when she moved out, I brought his bed into our room but he cried by the bed so I picked him up and put him in bed with us, and it's never been a problem. Sleeps right through the night.

We like the thought that he feels close with us at night because we work during the day. I don't crate him anymore either. I only did for the first couple of months. I have a baby gate that I put at the beginning of the hall which gives him the entire hall and a bedroom. I have an air conditioner in the bedroom for warm days and a tv that I leave on for him as well. With his bed, water and toys, he does well during the day too.
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