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Old 03-09-2006, 10:42 AM   #1
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what is the best way to get my puppy to sleep in her own bed at night? I have made a big mistake by letting my pup sleep on my bed and now she wont sleep any where else but i dont want to lock her up at night - any suggestions?

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Old 03-10-2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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Everything I have read on the subject points to crate training being one of the best tools available for puppies. Although the first few nights may be rather painful and sleepless for puppy and owner alike, the security of a relatively small space appeals to many breeds. Although our Golden is about 14 months now, she still sleeps in her crate. Better yet, when bedtime come around, we say our good nights, and she walks right in and curls up for the night. Once she's fully mature (another 12-18 months), we plan on giving her increased amounts of freedom, hopefully to the point where she can sleep with us. Too much freedom too early can cause all kinds of problems with certain breeds. Your pup's breed and personality certainly play a major role in this, but as much as the idea of using a crate is unappealing on the surface, you may want to consider reading up a bit on it as it can be very beneficial for many dogs.

A random aside - we camp a fair amount, and she sleeps great with us in a tent. The tent has worked so well that we use it indoors when we're visiting friends. Given a whole room to roam at night, the pup is a terror, but put her in a tent with us, and she sleeps perfectly throughout the night.

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Old 03-10-2006, 01:19 AM   #3
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my dog is extremely cuddly. she loves human contact. she's always crawling into laps or snuggling on the couch. she has slept in the bed since day one. i don't have a problem with it at all. i guess it's all a preference thing.

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Old 03-11-2006, 07:44 PM   #4
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That is one of our biggest mistakes, never let pup do anything you do not wish it to continue on with as an adult dog. They just don't understand why.

My advise, get a crate or large enough box that you can keep pup enclosed in.
Place it beside your bed. Make pup comfortable then turn out the lights and settle in for the night.

If pup whines ignore it. Don't even speak to pup. You can place your hand near pup so it can smell you then take your hand away.

It may take a few nights of whining, but eventually pup will settle to the new arrangement. Once pup is happy to sleep in the crate/box, you can either slowly move it away from your bed or leave it beside, depending on where you intend for your adult dog to sleep. If not beside you on the floor, then slowly move the crate night by night to pups intended sleeping quarters.

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sorry outside of just putting the pup in a crate and getting her used to it i am of no help. our dogs all sleep with us... my husband and i share our bed with the wheaten and the standard poodle and my daughter shares her bed with the afghan hound and the little chihuahua
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When i first got my dog she was 18 months old and all she wanted to do was come and sleep on my bed so i told her no she cant sleep here in a calm but agro voice and she slept out on the paved/sheltered area we have and shes been there for 5.5 yrs and she still comes inside every so often when its really hot or if its cold but all i have to do is stick my knee out in front of her and she doesnt come in

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you need to get a childrens stair or door gate and put it on your bedroom door and buy a really cuddly bed and put it ouside the gate and then put your dog in it and close the gate on the first few nights she will cry but just ignore it it is very hard to resist and it can be heartbreaking but dont crack keep up with it.
if the dog sleeps on your bed it will see you as an equall and will not respect you and will become agressive i made that mistake with my first dog.
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My pup always sleeps in my bed too! again i think its personal choice i start her off in her basket and shell wake up at night and want to snuggle in right up against me. I dont have a problem with that and luv that she luvs to be near me
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Get a big box put in a nice soft blanket add an old jumper of yours preferably one you have worn so it will have your smell on it. Add big soft cuddly toy and make sure puppy can't climb out place next to your bed. Put puppy in and settle her before putting light off. She will probably grumble for a night or two but just put your hand down and settle her but do not give in and pick her up, she will soon get fed up and settle down when you put her in. Good Luck and let us know how you get on. Regards Nancy.

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Crate Training is probably your best bet! Put her in the crate with a soft blanket, safe toy, and maybe put the crate near you. A ticking clock and warm water bottle can give your puppy comfort.

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