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    Default Is it a bad habbit to let your dog sit/sleep with you in bed?

    I've read that its a bad idea to let your dog sleep on the bed with you? Because it means they are equal to you. What does everyone think? I enjoy letting my dog sit on the bed with me but I don't let her sleep up here well for one she takes up most of the bed now.
    I used to let her sleep up here when she was a puppy but now maybe that's why she is playing up a bit and not listening to me as much because i only sometimes let her up with me?
    My partner doesn't like her up here at all because he feels like she becomes a bit naughty and doesn't listen as much. Its so hard because its nice to snuggle with her up here.

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    I am reading it with Hooch right next to me in bed lol He also sleeps at night, every night, all night with my son in his bed. He is clean and well behaved and oh so cute.
    I really hope the consensus is that it's ok because I dont want to feel guilty about it. I love him in our beds!!
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    Before we got Oskar, i said to my partner, "NO dogs in the bed!!!" He had always had his dogs in bed, and I had not. Anyway, Oskar is brought home, and he was in bed as a pup lol....9 months later, he is still there haha. He takes up the whole bed, I wake up teetering on the edge of the mattress. My partner and Oskar are usually entangled in some loving embrace haha. but I must admit, when he is away, it is nice having Oskar sleeping on my feet.

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    My dogs are on the bed, and the couch, and where ever else they please, most of the time, but they still know who is boss.
    I love having the snuggle against me in bed, although sometimes if Duke sleeps on my foot, I lose feeling!

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    I've read that its a bad idea to let your dog sleep on the bed with you? Because it means they are equal to you.
    This is a myth. Dogs are opportunists. They will take everything they want if you let them, so it's up to you to set limits where you want them. They're not thinking about who is boss or equal or a loser...

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    My dogs always have and always will sleep in bed with me
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    Thanks guys i love having Tess on the bed shes snoozing here right now. But we wouldnt get any sleep if she slept here at night haha. Shes allowed on the couch as well shes got her own spot but if someone sits in her spot she never gets nasty or upset shell usually go and snuggle up to whoevers sitting there, i dont think she really cares where she sits she just wants to be near me haha.

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    Our dog sleeps in the bed with us too. The only thing bugging me is the hair and the occasional footprints. But if I have to weight up what's better (no dog to snuggle up or washing linen more frequently) the linen will always lose. I love Nero warming my feet when OH is away. And when OH isn't away HE loves Nero taking on the dreaded job of warming my icy feet

    And no, to answer your question. I have not noticed any change in behaviour since he is allowed on the bed. He is just a typical adolescent... listening only when it's convenient.
    Last edited by margoo; 05-31-2012 at 04:18 PM.

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    I've always had all my animals sleep on the bed with me, they all clean, flea free and i enjoy the company and warmth they bring. Now that my brood has grown it's gotten a little uncomfortable (3 cats, Molly & occasionally Rex) and my OH has decided enough is enough. Both dogs & cats have brand new beds which are in the internal garage (so they still have access to the house) and they have been in this routine for around a month now. They are allowed to lie on my bed during the day & hangout but when it's bed time they have to go to their own beds i've had to resort to a hot water bottle.

    I don't think because you let them sleep in your bed that they think they're equal to you. My dogs are allowed daily access to my home, access to my bed, free food and water - but they still know their place and boundaries (in terms of behavior)

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    I agree with Hy, they are opportunists. The thing is though that many people find the no bed and no furniture rule one of those easy rules to uphold and follow thru on thus giving the dog some order in it's life & I think dogs like order. When I go to houses of naughty dogs it's one of the first things I suggest & in almost every instance it works, mainly because people believe it's a good idea and I think that's one of the main things when training/living with dogs, be consistent, believe in what you are doing, be confident.

    I think if you are asking other things of your dog or doing some simple obedience then it's fine to relax the "rules" and allow pets on furniture. It could also be put on your terms, say a rug must be on the bed first or they have to be invited up on the bed.

    In my house all dogs are allowed on the lounge and from time to time on the bed, however they all have to wait for their rugs/vet bed to be put on the lounge/bed, it's called a cue and works for me as I have lots of dogs and have to have control and this puts it my terms. If I have visitors over there is no room for the dogs on the lounge and not everyone wants dog hair on them.

    While dogs are not children I think you might equate it to expecting please and thankyou from young children.

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