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Old 01-21-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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Hi, I have an 11 week old Mastiff that will not sleep unless he is on my bed, I don't really mind him being there but is this a bad thing to get started?

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Old 01-21-2011, 11:10 AM   #2
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I think it's a matter of personal preference. I've read that it isn't a bad thing because dogs "in the wild" sleep with their pack. As long as your dog is invited to sleep in your bed and doesn't jump up there of his own accord I think it is fine. Mine ALWAYS ask first before getting in my bed (that was sarcasm).
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I would say it is a bad thing to start for such a young puppy as it might not be so desirable when he is fully grown!

I occasionally let my dogs sleep on my bed but they are only allowed to do this as a treat and when training them it was important to me to make sure they were happy to sleep on their own beds. Sleeping on the bed is fine if that's what you want but to avoid potential future problems IMO it's vital they are happy to sleep on their own pad. As a puppy, what he learns now will shape his future so if there's any chance he'll ever need to sleep on a dogbed, you get it trained now so he doesn't feel he's being punished or outcast when he's older having always slept with you.

What I would do is to get him a nice cosy bed next to yours so that you can pet him or stroke him until he relaxes. He should get used to sleeping on the dog bed and then eventually you can move the bed closer to the door then out of the room.

My dogs slept downstairs from day one, I think it's really important to teach a dog not to have to be with you 24/7 and that it's ok to chill out away from you. I only allow a new dog to come upstairs once they are settled and happy with this previous scenario, and I make it clear that it is a reward/treat not the norm.

Having said that, i've had a rather large Pointer sleeping in my bed the last few nights, but he will go down to his own bed if asked
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I apologize - I thought I read that your dog is 11 months old, not 11 weeks. I do agree with Mel that at this young of an age your dog does need to be taught independence and should adjust to sleeping either in a crate or on a dog bed. My apologies for the oversight!
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:24 AM   #5
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think Mel is right, he gonna be a big dog. if you dont already share your bed with another human, you may have probs if you have someone to stay in your bed. Max slept on the floor as a young pup but once he got use to things i started inviting him up, now at nearly 10, he sleeps on the bed with me when i say at my mums and on the floor next to the bed when i stay at my other halfs, my other half always asks max to come for a cuddle on the bed and then we taught him that 'bedtime' ment bedtime and now as soon as you say bedtime he gets down and crashes out on the floor.

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Having a puppy sleep in the bed with you can create separation anxiety in the future and with such a large dog that is probably a really bad idea.

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I'd say you want to start teaching him that there are other places to sleep than JUST on the bed!

An 11 week old pup doesn't take up much space but a full grown mastiff is not going to leave you enough room to get a toe in that bed let alone a whole body by the time he's full grown!!

That said, MacKenzie joins me in bed for at least part of most nights and he's always welcome there. I have a double size bed and sometimes I get the outside 1/4 of the bed. He's a collie and weighs in around 65 lbs. He's nowhere near the size that your pup is going to be when full grown!

The same goes for letting that cute little puppy to cuddle on your lap on the sofa. Think ahead to when you'll need a sofa for you AND one for the dog...rofl.

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Do you have a California king size bed? If not I would suggest teaching him to sleep other places too and on the bed only when you invite him.
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My Nipper from day one was shown where she would be sleeping down stairs in the kitchen on a comfy bed. Sure she cried the first night especaily as she had just left her mum! Then I got my puppy hand book out and it suggested a old 'T' shirt and a ticking clock/watch put the clock or watch under the bedding and the 'T' shirt which must have you body scent on it on top of the bedding and it worked a treat leave there for at least 6 weeks then remove and your pup won't notice any difference! It does work so set hround rules now and not later. Good luck and let us know how you get on ATB
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is your name Renee? I have a friend who just adopted a young mastiff.

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