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How many of you let your GR's sleep in bed with you when you brought them home. He seems to have suckered us into letting him sleep with us, and it's working out good so far, I just wonder about the long term affects. Any thoughts?
 

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Not when we brought them home. They get in bed when invited.....however....

My husband is out of town and I woke up this morning with both Holly and Rosie in bed and the cat walking on my head!
 

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Mitchell always came into our bed when we went to bed and then would get up because I think he got to hot. He would always get back in, in the morning when one of us got out of bed. He was such a good spooner!
Our new puppy will be coming home in mid December and I will crate train him in the beginning but Kevin says that he won't be allowed in the bed. We'll See!
 

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Emma is almost 9 months old and we just recently stopped putting her in the crate at night. She has a place in our room on the floor to sleep. This morning I woke up to Emma on the bed, breathing in my face and little white tufts from the comforter all over the place. I guess while I slept she decided to make the comforter her new chew toy and felt like she could have free reign to sleep on the bed. *sigh*
 

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We have a crate for our new pup and that will be her bed. I do not want a dog on my bed, or even in the bedroom...
 

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Hayden would probably get too hot laying in bed. Heck i'd probably get too hot. Some odd reason latly i've been sweating like crazy at night and the house is always freezing cold at night. I always have to kick the husband off of me lol
Hayden cuddles on the couch with me sometimes.. she'll for SURE be there if i'm petting her. The girl is OBSESSED with being pet.

I also think we move around too much. And it's also the cat's "spot". He'll run up on the bed to get away from the dog. Yet once the dog settles down the cat will lay on the floor just a few feet away from the dog. Very odd...
 

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Does this answer your question? ;) All five sleep with me. I took these pics in pitch blackness- the only light is the flash. Of course it did make them stir a bit but as soon as I ditched the camera, we all slept for a peaceful eight hours :)
 

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See how starlite sleeps on the body pillow, and I have the normal brown one, so this way I still have two pillows AND he gets to sleep on a pillow by my face ;)
 

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I never let her on the bed when she was really little--though some people do and never have problems. At around six months I started letting her sleep on the bed--occasionally, as she would sometimes crush me. Now, she does just fine but I still occasionally have her sleep some in her crate. I think having a dog that is crate trained for life (not just when a puppy and then phased out forever) is a good thing. Plus, I didn't want me puppy to feel entitled to my bed :)
 

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Our pup won't sleep with us because he doesn't keep calm. I think he perfers his crate for getting a good night's sleep. I normally don't let him in our bedroom because our bed is high and although he can get up on it okay, I don't want him jumping down because of the height and land on wood flooring - It worries me that he could hurt his hips.
 

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Chester joins us on the bed sometimes around 2:00 am every night...I think he gets lonely on the floor. Murphy puppy is still in his crate all night...but I am sure the day will come when he to will join us. (Jenna -- Where the heck to the humans sleep in that bed?)
 

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I usually let my foster puppies sleep in bed with me for at least the first week. Normally they have come from a shelter environment and are a bit traumatized, so I let them bond with us before I start crate training them. Usually that cuts down drastically on the crying in the crate at night.

Jasper slept with us as a puppy. He never could be crated, so that was the best way to ensure no potty accidents at night. Plus, I would wake up if he started moving around and I could take him outside for a potty run.

The boys (and Jasmine if she asks me) sleep with me. If Jay is home, they get off the bed when he comes to bed. If he's not, or I am up at the lake, at least one dog and usually two are in bed with me.
 

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Lucy comes and goes as she pleases. She has since she was 6-9 months old. We started Dory off the same way as Lucy, sleeping in her room until she could be trusted. Dory cried a lot that first night though, and though I wanted to have her cry it out, Bart brought her to bed with us. It worked fine, so she's been sleeping with us since. Our bed is too high for her to jump on and off, so she can't go as she pleases yet and has to wake me to go potty.
 

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When our Cooper (9 months) first came home we could not resist letting him sleep with us. All of our dogs have been crate trained, but I don't put them in it at night. Cooper slept with us consistently until he was about 6months old. Then he started to rotate between our bed and his (in our room). Now at nine months he pretty much sleeps in his bed, will come up when invited and get off when told to. My husband gets up at 4 and I don't until 6:30 - every morning the dogs are invited up to cuddle with mom the last couple of hours until I have to get up. Love it ! But I think the cutest thing is to wake in the middle of the night and find him on his back , legs in the air between myself and my husband - and neither one of us felt him snuggle in ! That's what usually happens at our house !
 

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Murphy slept in his crate most nights until about a month ago, now at 7 months he sleeps with us every night. We love it but it is crowded in a full size bed. He is starting to learn that sleeping horizontally across the middle of the bed is not ok. Our heat is broken right now so we start him out in between us under the covers so we can get warm!

He usually sleeps part of the night in his crate but he is always there when I fall asleep and back when I wake up.
 

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I am having similar problems and was going to post something. Not meaning to highjack this post but MY Cooper is almost 7 months old and a huge lug. We started letting him sleep in our room on the floor on his bed and blanket around 4 months old, when we knew he could hold it all night. So anyway, I've let him come up on the bed while I read before going to sleep. Then I get up and take him off (he won't go when told right now) but he continues to try to jump up there. I have to "growl" and be on my hands and knees until he goes and lays down. We probably wouldn't care if he was up there except he doesn't sleep all night, he's scratching or licking or walking around and it's shaking the whole bed or falling over us. I LIKE MY SLEEP! AND, he holds down the covers so you can't pull them over you when he's up there.

How do I get him to sleep on his bed? I started bringing treats into the bedroom with me and I make him lay down on his bed and say "nite nite" but if the table lamp is on and I walk away to get into bed, he is flying up there before I'm even in! I started turning off the light first (kind of helps) but now he's not afraid to jump up there in the dark. He also sneaks up there in the middle of the night and if I wake up I get up and take him down. He usually stays at that point until about 5:30.
 

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We used to have our Maltese in our bed since day one (7 1/2 weeks old), he really got territorial with time and when I tried to move him around in the bed he growled at me. This was the only place he growled at me. I loved having our Maltese in the bed and especially loved the cuddling in the morning, but my husband had a light sleep and would wake up when he was moving around or sometimes got too hot when the dog was glued to his body.
Now Bailey on the other hand is sleeping in our bedroom in her crate right next to my side and she's doing great. Sure I wake up from time to time when she licks or scratches (wire crate makes the noise) but it's OK and I fall alsleep again very fast.
I don't know yet if we will ever allow her to sleep with us, time will tell.
 

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I love the IDEA of snuggling in bed with Rookie, but I need my sleep. I don't do well if my sleep is interrupted. So Rookie sleeps on his bed in the kitchen and I get a full night of uninterrupted sleep in my own bed. There were a few times when Rookie was a puppy that I wavered. But the current set up is really best for both of us. We do have a snuggle on the couch when I wake up in the morning.
 
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