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Old 12-20-2006, 07:37 PM   #1
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Red face Are we spoiling our puppy?

We have a 5 month old lab/border collie mix puppy who we adore a little too much. She is completely house trained, so we let her sleep on our bed. Also, because I work from home, she is rarely alone. I worry that when she gets older she will be too dependent on us. We do take her to the dog park a few times a week so she can socialize with other dogs and people, but are we doing future damage by giving her too much attention now?

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Old 12-20-2006, 08:06 PM   #2
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Old 12-21-2006, 04:22 AM   #3
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IMO i dont agree with dogs on the bed. i like all the room.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:12 AM   #4
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if you are always going to allow her on your bed forever then your not spoiling her it sounds like shes gettin treated really well. the only thing is we let reggie on our bed when we first moved house but now we dont allow him on the bed, he sneaks on in the night when your asleep.
so when its frezzing you cant pull the cover around you because hes curled all up on it.

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Old 12-21-2006, 05:54 AM   #5
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Lola starts off on our bed at night then when we turn the light off she moves onto her dog bed which we bring upstairs with us and stays the all night until my husbands leaves for work then she gets into bed with me for an hour before I get up.

except the other night we forgot to take her bed up with us (late night!) and she got off our bed to sleep on the floor and I got out of bed and much to my husbands amusement folded up the throw on the end of our bed and carefully lifted up a snoring lola on to it so she wasn't just sleeping on the floor but on something padded.
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I think it sounds lovely but I do feel that it's not a habit they should get into. Purely because it becomes an expectation and it's hard for them to understand if it has to change. She's only five months old and will get a lot bigger, so I'd say that you'll end up without enough room!

Get her a comfy big dog bed that she can stretch out on and she can sleep next to you, on her own bed on the floor. She'll still be in your room and part of your nightly routine. Also, that way you can get special morning doggy cuddles on the bed with you. That's what we do!

Plus, our guys are quite possessive of their beds so it doesn't matter where you put them, they'll go lie on them. It's also a good training tool.

As far as being separated from you, that is something she DOES need to learn. You don't have to keep her outside all day - that's not what I mean - but she'll need to learn to have periods alone where she has to entertain herself. Perhaps building up to half an hour at a time, four times a day. Start slowly and build up, and then you'll have the best of both worlds.
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Hi and welcome to the forum. You are in my opinion doing okay with your puppy. As far as allowing the puppy on the bed to me that is very much a personal thing and if you don't mind then what the heck, better a spoilt puppy getting lots of attention than a neglected one. Good luck to you and your puppy for the future and enjoy the puppy days . Like children puppies grow up too quickly.
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Good luck to you and your puppy for the future and enjoy the puppy days . Like children puppies grow up too quickly.
Don't they?

Ruby was such a crazy puppy (sigh) that when she finally started to mellow out at 18 months old we thought she was sick and took her to the vet!!
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Well yes, she is spoiled, but that is great!

Seriously, I think that your dog will be very VERY attached to you and what will happen is that on those rare occasions when you have to leave her alone or kennel her, you and she will both be miserable. But the bond between you and her is worth it, don't you think?
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:37 AM   #10
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I also work from home so the dogs are always with me, but I go to the post office in the afternoon so they spend a little time on their own every weekday. At weekends, if we need to do some shopping, we might leave them on their own too. I make sure I fill their Kongs or give them a chewy treat just when I/we leave.

They also sleep on our bed, but not all night because we couldn't sleep very well and after one very tiring week not getting enough sleep, we decided they go up only at about 3 or 4am. One of them starts to whine usually, telling us it's time they go in our bed, but that's ok, because we've had some sleep by then.

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