a stuffed animal? I've read that a stuffed animal can be a comfort to a pup that has just left his mom and littermates. But I've also read that they can be dangerous if chewed and ripped apart? Especially ones that have a squeaker in them, and it seems like most of them do!
I will be filling my pups crate with tons of stuffed animals, I think. If only cuz it'll be CUTE! Well, and I want him to be comfortable. I've also heard one of those ticking alarm clocks in a sock and under a blanket provides a comfort for them.
I've also heard that they don't really suffer from being away from their littermates and moms, and need no adjustment period, as long as they feel safe or secure, they don't care.
Sooo, who knows.
It's only until I feel he won't be poo'ing or pee'ing on me when I sleep, cuz at that time he'll be in bed with me and the Dookster.
***Edited By: Dookndokkermom on 4/28/2005 8:52:09 PM*** Reason: sdfgjnsfgh
hahaha. The Dookster, Dookinator, Dookie bootie, that's all Dook, my Shiba mix..haha. I have a king sized bed and live alone, but for my dog, so YES Dook sleeps with me. With me in bed. In the bed with me. Not WITH me with me, just..oh you know what I mean.
haha too funny.
***Edited By: Dookndokkermom on 4/28/2005 9:00:35 PM*** Reason: *
I am often self aware. With my new puppy I am embarking on the incorrect path. He presently sleeps in my bed or my son's bed. This is cute. However when my puppy is full grown he'll probably weigh in at roughly 150lbs. I know from prior experience a huge dog will put your legs to sleep and be really hard if not impossible to move at 3 am. ;)
i do have a stuffed animal in Coach's crate he sleeps in, it is the comfort pad and does have a heartbeat for 30 minutes at a time. he chews on it, falls asleep doing it. he nuzzles with it. i tried the whole sleeping in my bed thing, one night i was just too sad and needed to feel him. well, he's not a snuggler, and he will be 160lbs, so back in his crate he went.
i put a stuffed animal and a blankie in with harley in her crate and she does just fine with that. i tried having her sleep in the bed with us but it just does not work, when i first got her i was still nursing and a baby, a dog,and a husband all in a queen size bed just does not work. ;)
My doggies have the couches and chairs in the livingroom. They have taken over the entire room. They sleep right outside my bedroom door on the floor when I go to bed. (you should see me trying to use the bathroom) I have a free flow water bed and there's no way they are coming on board. I don't like a wet bed. The only chair they don't touch is my chair by the computer. (maybe because I m always in it)
My dobie just has his toys with him when he sleeps..one night we had the futon out in the living room so we could watch a late night film..well the dobie got on there too 4 a treat..hes so big and boney and slept between us the whole night~it was the worst night sleep in all my life he would not stop wriggling!
yes i let stuffed toys be in the crate. mocha my pug almost always sleeps with a toy in his mouth. if they chew it up then you'll have to remove it. a trick a trainer told me once was to roll up hand towels or washrags in the crate and put them all around the edge. the puppy can sleep up against them and it will feel like the littermates, as in how they all sleep in a pile and up against each other. mocha will search the house for one of his stuffed animals then settle down for a nap with a body part of the animal in his mouth.
I put a nice soft stuffed animal in the crate with Chloe'. I also had one of those pads that has a rolled up edge all the way around it . That way she had something to snuggle with. You just have to keep inspecting the toys to make sure they aren't chewing on them. I also put a chew in the crate...so that if she did want to chew..it was something safe for her.
If you give the dog lots of stuffed animals they can get the idea that ALL stuffed toys belong to them and are theirs to chew. If you have kids or stuffies around the house that you dont want the dog to chew then you can do one of two things. either give the dog only one toy so that it associates THAT toy as being theirs and not all the stuffed toys (I hope that makes sence). I have also heard of using scent as a marker for the dog to learn which toys are theirs. I have never used this method but the way it works is that you get a scented oil and put the tiniest dab on the stuffed toys that are theirs and not on the ones that aren't. It does not need to be enough for you too smell it because obviously the dogs nose is far more sensative then yours and they will smell it. This should give the dog a marker for what is his and what is not.
Mazel has has a few stuffies. she is funny, there is a squirrel and a little dog that she loves to kill and there is a little frog that she has had since she was a baby and she never chews on him, she just carries it around and uses it as a pillow or a chin rest.
Some dogs will swallow the fabric and stuffing so I would not reccomend giving a stuffed toy to a dog like that but Mazel just pulls it apart and leaves it so for a dog like that it is safe, I would still however make sure that it is a dog-safe toy, no hard plastic parts.
***Edited By: emma_567 on 4/29/2005 5:03:53 PM*** Reason: added
My baby Bear sleeps on my sweater and one of the kids ponchos right next to my bed. He wont sleep anywhere else but next to me. I'd let him sleep in my bed but I kick alot because I have a problem sleeping and I dont want him to get hurt.