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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Where do your dogs sleep and why?

Our older dog sleeps on the bedroom floor in her own dog bed and I imagine that's where Jax will when he's done his crate training also.
I have friends that insist that dogs should sleep in their people's bed because they'll bond better.
I'll admit, I know his crate should be in our bedroom, but if that were the case, I would have gouged my own eyes out by now from the crying at night. When he does calm down, his crate will be in the bedroom with the rest of the pack and I don't really have any complaints about his level of bonding with us... We've had him for 5 weeks and he's long identified us as his family and always returns to me or my bf at the park without being called after chasing or investigating something and is very loving and cuddly when not chewing on us
Are we psychologically damaging him by "locking him in a cage in the basement" at night? (it's actually the ground floor of then house but you get the picture).
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-30-2010, 10:51 AM
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Sinister sleeps in his crate next to my bed.
Usually he is locked in his crate because he rips my carpet up when I sleep but for the past 3 weeks I have been leaving his crate open and he lays by my door or he'll lay in his crate. So far he hasn't tried to eat the carpet


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Nellie is crate trained but has earned the right to sleep with us. She sleeps in the bed with me and my B|F. Why? Ummm.....cause she is spoiled.

Ace still sleeps in his crate. We rescued him at 6 months so he came with some "bad manners". He likes to eat anything made of wood. But his crate is right next to our bed. He can take naps with us out of the crate but for a long nights sleep he gets crated.


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Our dogs sleep on the floor (have their own beds) in our bedroom. I have never allowed them to sleep in our bed, that's for DH and me. I love them, but I don't think that has to extend to our sharing our "space" with them.

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Our dogs sleep on their own beds in our bedroom. Well, Tora does anyway. Max likes to move around. He'll start off on the rug by my husband's side of the bed, move out to just outside of the bedroom door, I'll hear him plop down on one of the beds in the family room, and sometimes when I have to get up in the middle of the night, I'll see him laying by the front door.

I don't like my dogs in the bed with me because I really like my space to stretch out when I'm sleeping and it's too hard to get covers out from under a sleeping dog.

And I don't believe that a dog that doesn't sleep in the bed with you is any less bonded to you than one that does.

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Wolfie sleeps in his crate in the family room. I think the bedroom is just for me and hubby.
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Zaidy sleeps in my kitchen; in a area next to my living room; the wood floors help if she has an accident (getting rare these days)... it's also very close to our front door; so she whines if she has to go potty; I don't think I'll allow her access to my master bedroom or the boys room once she's bigger; but every where else is fair game! The reason for this is; if she sleeps on carpet; the wood floor becomes her bathroom; if she sleeps on the wood floor; she'll potty outside... (No dog bed yet; she'll pee on it)
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Hondo sleeps in his crate at night. He is way too big and loves to paw, especially when you least expect it. Mags, our Doxie sleeps at our feet on the bed. And Tug (Golden) likes it best outside.
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Shenzi sleeps in her locked crate right next to the bed. The reason for this is she is new to us and while I've witnessed her being excellent with cats I'm not willing to take the chance. The time will come when she can be loose(crate opened, she comes and goes as she wants) during the night but she will most likely always be crated while I am not home.
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Sigurd sleeps in our bedroom, free roam (his crate is in the living room). He usually sleeps on the bed beside me or on my side of the bed, on the floor (he has a doggy bed but rarely sleeps on it these days). He's had free range since he was 5 or so months. I let him free-roam and sleep in our bedroom because I think we're all a family! I love to have him with me, and it's only at night that he likes to be close to me (during the day it seems like he could care less about me, unless I have a treat)... so I soak it up! :P

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