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post #21 of 263 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 11:30 AM
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According to the Monks of New Skete in their book How To Be a Dog's Best Friends it is. There is an entire chapter on it. The dog should be in the bedroom but on the floor - provide a rug or dog bed if the dog wants to use that. It is a privilege for the dog to share our den. That's what I do and it works out well for me and my dog.


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post #22 of 263 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 11:41 AM
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I only recently started letting Kyleigh on my bed (it's one of the safe spots for the cat!)

I read for about an hour every night in bed, and this is when she's allowed up. She's been really good about it ... but letting her sleep through the night? LMAO NOT A CHANCE:

1 - she takes up too much room
2 - she likes to roll around and give herself a body rub on the bed
3 - she usually drops about 1/2 pound of sand (and this is AFTER being brushed)
4 - after about 10 minutes she gets too hot, and starts panting and shakes the whole bed - makes it hard to read your book!

I waited until she was over a year because I wanted to ensure that she realized "her place." She's been great, no issues. If I noticed a change in her behaviour, no more "bed time"with me ... However, given that she's only ever up there for about 10-15 minutes, and then I'm kicking her off, I really don't foresee any issues in the future!

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It depends totally on the dog and the owner. If you are a complete pushover and your dog knows it, then allowing on the bed may not be the best decision. If your working relationship is established and you have a biddable clear headed dog, then why not. I have a 3yo male who gets up on the bed for a bit but prefers the tile floor in the bathroom, whereas my 20month old female spends about half the night on the bed and half on her bed in the corner of the bedroom. In the morning they both get on the bed for some cuddle time. They both will get off the bed immediately upon being told to do so, no ifs ands or buts.
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post #24 of 263 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 12:34 PM
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Here's my rule:

As long as the dog gets OFF the bed when I tell them to - without grumbling - then they can sleep on the bed if they want.
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My dogs are allowed on the bed, but they don't sleep there at night, they sleep in their crates. We ALL sleep better that way! And as Lauri said, they have to get off when I tell them to.

Keefer rarely goes up there, he's a floor dog, always has been. But Halo likes to hang out on the bed, she's usually there when we're getting ready for bed, but either jumps down and goes to her crate as soon as I come into the room, or I just snap my fingers and she goes to her crate. She frequently goes on the bed with a toy, and the first thing she does every morning when she comes out of her crate is to jump up on our bed and roll around, before she even goes outside for potties.

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My GSD girl is a little over 3 months old and I let her have a choice of whether she sleeps on my bed with me or on the floor of my room. She usually opts for the bed, although she's getting more and more independent, the older she gets. I don't let her have free run of the house at night yet however, since we just recently mastered house training and she still wakes me to potty in the night hours. I rather like when she sleeps with me, though.
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My 2.5 yr old has slept with me since the day I got her at 6 weeks lol. It's never given me any problems.

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Mine slept in my sleeping bag with me for 15 years. We could have lit a city with the gas fumes that escaped.
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post #29 of 263 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 04:02 PM
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No GSDs on my bed! I love them, but I don't want fur in the place where I sleep, thank you very much.
My mini Poodle is allowed on the bed though, but he really only likes to snuggle for a while and then sleep on his bed, except when it's cold. Then he's curls up next to me and we both warm and better.
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mine get the privilege after they show they will get off when i say off the bed. usually rufus puts himself to bed around 9ish, and he sleeps on my side . sadie joins him for a bit, then switches sides then goes to the other bedroom, i normally wake up in the middle of the night with both of them crashed out and sound asleep lol... as long as the dog isnt a jerk its fine to let them in the bed or on the furniture

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