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View Poll Results: How many different places does you dog sleep in one night?
My dog is crated at night. 21 13.91%
My dog is in a kennel at night. 1 0.66%
My dog has one place to sleep and stays there all night. 36 23.84%
My dog moves around the house at night. 27 17.88%
2 places 36 23.84%
3 places 23 15.23%
4 or more places 13 8.61%
I have no idea what my dog does at night. 4 2.65%
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post #21 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-15-2009, 11:08 AM
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If the 'proper' bedtime is observed...both girls start with 'on the bed' snuggles, Sadie then stays and Loocie goes to her bed on the floor, and usually stays all night there. Sadie moves to the LR couch around 1:00am and promptly at 4:30 gets a drink and comes back to her bed in the bedroom. If we are late to bed, Loocie gets pouty and lies down on the wood floor in the hall and refuses to come back for any snuggles, when she's tired she wants left alone. Sadie will take a rubbin' all night long, lol


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Thank you everyone for your input. We hope we can look forward to more responses.

Generally the responses so far are what I expected… from the dogs that spend the night in a crate to dogs that range all over the house, most commonly the dogs seem to stay in close proximity to the owners.

We also think temperature plays a role. When it is warm or hot the dogs may cuddle for a short while but then move to tile floors or another bed where the cushions are cool. In colder weather dogs cuddle and stay in one place. Another factor in our home is ear scratching … Natasha will hang around as long as the ear scratching continues. Ten minutes after it stops, she is gone .

There seems to a pattern in how the dogs choose their spots. Our two new dogs like many of the same places that our previous dog chose. In our house what seems to be important is ‘vantage point” and air circulation. We got down on the floor and explored those spaces and it is amazing how much air drafts through those particular places close to the floor and you can keep a watchful eye on both us and all possible exits to the front, the garage or the back yard. In bed, both Opus and Natasha liked a clean white towel on the bed. Put one down and they will immediately go to it and stay there.

With multiple dogs there is a hierarchy of who can take what spot… Our head dog has dibs on the head of the bed… but if she decides to leave the bed the younger dog will quickly assume the head position. When she comes back he moves over for her… which is sometimes more then he will do for us.

Noisy Toys at bedtime… well a few weeks ago I gave the dogs a new plush toy with a squeaker. About 15 minutes after lights out Natasha decided to let us know just how much she liked the new squeaky toy. Fortunately, after 10 minutes of squeaka-squeaka-squeak. squeak. squeak………squeaky-squeak… she had had enough fun and she settled down and went to sleep.

The bed position is another subject… Bob is a nose to nose sleeper…. at least that’s where we find him in the morning. Natasha prefers to sleep with the butt end presented toward Jeff’s face. In human terms not very appealing… but in the dog world a very friendly and affectionate gesture. “Here, you can sniff my butt.”

The dogs do seem to know when we are about to wake up. Many of you have stated that by morning the dogs are back in bed… either patiently watching and waiting for an eyelid to open or for a verbal signal that the day has begun such as ‘okay’, or as one member stated Tally bringing the dog dishes into the bed to let her owner know it is time for breakfast. Is it that they know we are about to wake up? Or is it that the wake us up by breathing in our ear, or cuddling closer in anticipation of a belly rub, or by bestowing dog kisses upon us starting with a gently touch of the tongue and ending up with an enthusiastic ear nibble?

Three dogs that really made me laugh. Moxie making her nightly rounds either she is just ‘sleeping around’ or she has assumed the role of ‘night watchdog, making certain everyone is accounted for and well taken care of. The image of Crocket standing over you with the “I’m ready to go to bed look.” is just too funny. And Loocie being moody when she is overtired just proves that dogs are people too.

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Excellent synopsis!
I forgot to add, if it's 'bath' night...BOTH will stay on the bed all night. Chill factor?


And we just got a King Tempurpedic (only because a magnificent sale was on)and while the humans think it's divine, I haven't noticed the girls overjoyed at the extra room and comfort. They do stay longer at times on the bed, I think because the 'jiggle factor' doesn't exist anymore.


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Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
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2 places on top of me or next to me on the floor.

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Ike moves from my side of the bed to the hubby's and back again. Every once in a while he'll stay downstairs, but only at the end of an exceptionally tiring day.
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Lucky will start on the living room floor.

When I go to bed he follows me in and jumps in.

If my husband beats him to it, then he sleeps in the hallway and then at some point moves in between the bed and the wall.
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Ranger will come in to go to bed when we do, get settled on his bed at the foot of our bed for about five minutes, and then get up and move to the wooden hallway floor. Sometimes we wake up and he is by the back door, sometimes we wake up and he is in the bedroom, sometimes he sleeps under the bed and whacks his head on the bed all night, sometimes he sleeps jammed into the corner by the bathroom. During the day he sleeps in the office or hallway.
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1. his bed in our room
2. floor in the hallway outside room
3. his chair in his room
4. his bed in kitchen
5. sofa in basement
6. his bed in basement.
7. bathroom floor if door is open.
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Dylan & Erica both sleep with us but Frankie moves around you never know where he will end up...... One night he fell asleep in our bathtub and scared the daylight out of me when I had to use the bathroom. But that is our FRANKIE!!!!
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Bailey sleeps under our bed. He goes there around 8:30 and stays there all night long. Bentley sleeps on the side of the bed and will usually move to the hallway halfway through the night.

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