the same for goes for children, that's one of the biggest problem parents are dealing with today, once you start, it's hard to break. my dog sleeps in his crate all night, mornings when my husband gets up for work,he lets him out of the crate, he goes outside does his business, runs back in he house, jumps on the bed and snuggles with me a few hours until i get up. thats our routine every morning, and i wouldn't trade it for the world.
Our 4 year old rottweiler sleeps with us. We let him sleep with us - we have no problems with it. It has never turned into a dominance issue with him. We can remove him from the bed at anytime without a growl. He just gets down and sleeps on the floor. When a dog starts growling at you because you don't want him in your bed and you try to remove him/her, that is when its a dominance issue.
know what you mean sunny, my cocker is the same way. she won't even go potty for any one else. if i leave the house, she goes to bed and doesn't get up until i come back. she is with me usually 24/7 because i also can take her to work with me. i love her dearly, but would not be able to leave her if we ever went away. guess that's why they have pet friendly hotels now..
like what Dogwant said, me for example, i don't turn like a normal person when i sleep i'm always restless , i do cartwheels instead lol, and my dog ends up on the floor no serious i literally knock him and my husband right out of bed lol now the 2 beline for the couch to see who gets it first lol way to funny, before i know it the dog is back in the bedroom on the side of my bed or crawls into his crate, he can't sleep with my husband snoring lmao there's never a dull moment in this house
The only one who sleeps on the bed is my cat because he is the only one that will sleep at the foot of the bed. My 2 labs and my corgi seem to want to take over the bed when they are on it, so they get to sleep in their own beds and crates
i don't think it's a good idea, for the dominance reason. all of mine sleep in my room, but they are on the floor. when we first got our border collie from the shelter every night she would jump up on my bed for a few minutes to get scratched. it was so sweet. then she would jump to the floor. i did allow that. she doesn't do that now. but sometimes we get all the dogs on the bed just to play for a bit. but they know they have to be invited, and we tell them to get down.
I agree with Rednosered, I have always allowed my dogs to sleep with me, and when I get tired of them hogging the covers, I tell them "bed" and they jump off and go lay in the living room on their pillows. I have never had a problem with them getting territorial. I think it is a good idea to have a dog pillow that is exclusively theirs, I think this may give them a sense of security. I know when we moved, my dog Crystal seemed real nervous at first and we set her dog pillow in the living room and she went right to it and laid down.
Thanks, BoxerBabe. You're fortunate in that you've made the decision early on to change this behavior when puppy is young, so good for you. You will most likely need a crate, since doggy needs a place to sleep that's just his. Your pet shop can advise you on what size crate to buy, and you can even take pup with you when you buy it so you can measure, just be sure to get one big enough to accomodate his growth to adulthood. We generally crate our dogs till about the age of 3..by then, they're so docile (Golden retrievers) they couldn't care less about anything other than their toys, and behavior is well established. Make his crate a good place to be...a warm blanket, a cool toy (that stays in the crate so that the novelty of it doesn't wear off as fast) and lots of love and praise (and maybe a good treat if he goes in well). Watch him like a hawk in the bedroom and when he gets on the bed a firm "no!" and put him back on the floor and redirect him with a toy or some playing. It shouldn't take long at his age to redirect the behaviour and I think you'll be glad you did. Just be patient, because in doing this, you're teaching him a "new trick"...just like it took time to teach him potty outside and sit, this will take time too.
man even a little thing like this gets people over rated. my pits and our others sleep with us. while i was pregnet, Rage slept aginst my stomack and still sleeps with us.he makes a great back rest and pillow also!!never had a problem with this issue. i just tell them to get off and they do.have fun.
over rated, i guess what i mean, on some posts people take stuff to serious and even little things people take it to far. i wasn't meaning anything bad by stating it was over rated. yes this is a fun site and i enjoy it also.
man, I would hate it if my dog didn't sleep with me! I get cranky if she goes to my fiance's side of the bed! lol. No dominance issues here..Nula is so pathetically submissive, it's quite sad. I love her sleeping with me. Boston Terriers are supposed to sleep with you..right under the covers, that's where they love to be! Of course if she were a large dog it might be different. She's so small she can spoon right in (and keep me warm) or between the legs (another fave spot). I wouldn't have it any other way (unless she were a St. Berard or somthing ;). She's my baby.
We had a Llasha Apso who slept with us---it made her think she was #1---big mistake. I also contacted lyme disease and because of where the bullseye was, believe a tick came in on the dog and transferred to me. We now have 2 new puppies and hopefully learned from all my mistakes that I did, raising my last dog. I talked to another dog owner and she said that her dog was house broken and then she started letting the dog sleep with her and the dog started having accidents in the house. Her trainer knew right away that she had let the dog start sleeping with her.
it also creates a over protection problem. in wolf packs there is sort of a alpha dog bouncer who sometimes sleeps by the alpha, if he thinks danger is present. sometimes dogs carry this gene, not every dog dos but some dogs can becoem overprotective of their owners.
Well i have to medium size dogs they both sleep in my bed in between me and my boyfriend under the covers we have 5 dogs beds throughout the house but they like to sleep in bed with their mama. they have never gave me a problem about it. I think dogs are like kids just give them what they want as long as their not bad.
My dogs sleep with me. I wouldnt have it any other way. I dont think it causes dominance inssues, but that's just me. That's all theory, nobody can actually prove it because nobody can talk to dogs nor know what they are thinking