you know it is funny i base my opinoins on the dogs i have had. basically on my experience. and it seems some of you can do things with your dogs i just can't. nad i can do things some of you cannot my dog is not allowed in the bed, he gets a complex. my dog cannot do what ever he wants. he is more anxious and crazy without good leadership. but this is good. i am really developing as a trainer. that there is no special tricks or procedures to dog care and training. a lot of it is knowing your dog. and specializing your training to your dog. i know this probably seems real apparent to most of you. but really. I am a more rigid trainer ,i can tell you. i do not look at my pets like my children. nor are they royality. they are my dog companions,loyal and loved. i do demand a lot from them. especially there respect. but i select dogs that are suited for that type of training. so what ever your method if it works and your dog is happy. keep on truckin
Henry sleeps on the bed with me sometimes. But it is not a regular thing, it's more of a treat/reward. I invite him up first. I wondered if he'd be confused, splitting his nights on the bed and in his crate, but he hasn't.
i have always allowed my dogs to sleep in bed with me. i fully understand that it may set up for a dominance problem. i think that most people who do it and then one day their dog gets aggressive with them if the dog is told to get off. those people sometimes step back and are afraid. that is when you would have a major problem because by letting him get away with it will push him up a rung and you down a rung. if any of my dogs growled at me and i have one who did when he was a pup i wouldn't be afraid to correct him right away and that is important. but some people are afraid when they get a reaction like that.
My Cav was never allowed in bedrooms at night - we put her in a playpen downstairs that was her area. She got used to it, but went through a period of waking at 4am needing to go to the loo, and after that my parents couldn't be bothered with her annoying them by barking/scratching, so she ended up in bed with them from 4am till 7am. This became routine and she ended up staying in there all night after a while - till mum and dad got sick of the lack of sleep. Her playpen was moved into their bedroom, and after 2 nights she was happy to be in there as it was still close to them. They are away at the moment, and the naughty thing has taken to sleeping in my room (she used to be let in there from about 6-7am for a couple of hours) - I don't have the heart to put her in the pen as it won't fit in my room and would be no where near anyone, and we'd probably get howling all night. She is a very affectionate Cav though and won't just lie at the bottom of the bed - she lies right up next to you and puts her head on your armpit and unless its hot, she won't move!!! No dominance problems though - this girl just wants affection. My Cav pup was allowed on the bed in the mornings only, but she wasn't too fussed and would come and go - she did pee on my bed twice though...and once she growled before doing so -- she was between 4 and 5 months old at the time, was that a dominance thing?? I thought so at the time, and after she did it the second time she never tried it again after my response!!!