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    Is it okay for my puppy to fall asleep at my feet if I let her inside? Sometimes she does but I dont know if it's bad? I've heard it can lead to separation anxiety or something? And also if I'm driving in the car I try not to let her sleep on my lap. I don't know if I'm being too harsh by doing this...I'm trying to be the 'alpha dog' .

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    Firstly, your pup must be harnessed when in the car.
    All my life (I am 54) I mould my dogs into what I want of them. I don't give a rats what is supposed to be good or bad. All I am concerned about is that they and us gel into the way we and they want. I have 3 ACDs which are inside/outside dogs. I am the boss, they listen to me but I have never consciously set out with a plan of doing this. Two of them are litter mates, now 15months old and apart from the basics I have always just dealt with situations as they arrive. Mine know they are allowed on my bed in the day but not the night etc.
    I do so much that is perceived by dog forums to be "bad" All 3 feed out of the one baking tray, I will step over them if they are lying in my way but they move if I am carrying washing, groceries, they go out the door first because then I know they will not trip me from behind, they can be on the furniture..hubby, depending on mood moves them or sits elsewhere stuff like that.
    Works very well for us and them in a very cohesive mix.

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    A harness? Where can I get one from? I have a hares leash but I assume it's not for the car only for walking.

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    Pet shops have them. They have a loop that you put the seat belt through.

    Oh, I let my dogs sleep at my feet and when pups, sleep on my lap. I have one who still gets on my lap, she is over 20kgs now, lol. They all are.

    Many though like to have their dogs well regimented. There is nothing wrong with this, nor nothing wrong with my way. It is whatever suits you and your dog the best. Just be consistent. Start as you mean it to go on.

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    I would never let my dog on my lap in the car or allow her run freely around the car or try to jump on me when I'm driving. EEEKKKK. Even if it is legal in your state to have an unharnessed dog, if it distracts you from driving and you get caught or prang, you can get done for "careless driving" or worse.

    I like the sort that have a clip for the harness, and another clip that goes in the same clip as the car seatbelt. I don't like Kramar brand because the buckle on mine broke, just from using it. I never shut it in the car door. I'm not confident a Kramar one would hold together when I needed it ie a car accident.

    As for the sleeping on your feet thing, it is a sign that she likes being close to you so probably a sign that she would not enjoy being separated. I don't think it causes separation anxiety. If you want to train her to be ok about being separated from you that is a whole different deal. I'd start with crate training her. Ie training her to be comfortable and happy in the crate. Or alone in the back yard - though I've got my own reasons for not liking to leave a dog alone in the back yard (42'C for days on end anyone?).

    If you are going to leave her on her own in the back yard, take her around to all your neighbours including the ones over the back fence, let them meet the puppy, tell them where you live and/or give them your (mobile) phone number and ask them to let you know if they hear her barking annoyingly. Because you don't want to annoy the neighbours so you need to know she's quiet.

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    Im currently living at my parents place and we have a 13 year old dog so she isn't lonely & she sleeps outside until I get my renovations for my flat in my parents backyard organized then shell sleep inside with me and be outside during the day with Cleo (my parents dog), she doesn't seem to be anxious etc when I leave. I try to ignore her sometimes when I go outside for a few minutes then I pet her and go back inside (I hear this helps with avoiding seperation anxiety and submissive urination)

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    Allowing an unrestrained dog in your car = recipe for potential disaster. Please buy a harness as soon as you absolutely can and use it. Don't be surpirsed if your pup doesn't like it! Let her run around the house with the harness on so she gets used to how it feels.

    Coming in and sleeping at or on your feet, to me, means that you are pack leader for your pup, which is as it should be. Try not to let her sleep ON your feet too much, because this could be a difficult habit to break.

    Set your own rules and boundaries as to how you want your life with your doglet to be. I'm with Di Dee1, my house, my rules. Rosie knows I am pack leader, and is fully submissive to me. She was never taught to let me through doors first, but does, unless I tell her 'go on'. She is allowed on the furniture, but gets off if we tell her so. She is allowed on my bed at all times, but vacates automatically for her own bed once I (or Mr Pinkest) get under the covers. I let her be the boss when we play 'doona demon' (basically, she attacks my hand <the demon> waggling around under the doona, and prances and jumps around the bed, play growling and being a twit, sometimes bites, sometimes just bats at me with her paws) but she knows that's it.

    I do step over her sometimes - but rarely, because she will up and away autmoatically - but again, this is something that I did not train or teach, she just does.

    The ONLY thing I would tell you to do is be consistent. What you need today, you must also need from her tomorrow. Dogs do not understand if we change our mind, or have a bad day and take it out on them. THey also don't do yelling. Works on husbands (sometimes) but not dogs. They will still love us, but they will not understand. Do that one thing, and you will be just fine, everything else will follow.

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    My dogs are harnessed in the car like the poster's above have mentioned.

    My stafford sleeps between myself and OH. She is a pain in the butt but That's where she loves to be so I don't have the heart to move her. She snores like a trooper and I always cop the feet in the back!!!

    My Cattle dog starts up on the bed with us but gets too hot and irritated if I move too much (How dare I??!!) so she jumps off and sleeps on her bed beside me.

    I agree with di_dee, I don't care what is 'expected', I do what feels right. My dogs don't suffer seperation anxiety, they are allowed on the furniture and I even leave the aircon/ heater on for them when I go out (If the OH knew this I'd be in trouble!!)

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    I must say I learnt the hard way about harrnes dogs in in cars & am lucky Bubba is still here after we hit a big pole head on coming off the Putty on my way home from Sydney.
    Not driver error my sterring arm broke & we hit the post no brakes at speed.
    Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........

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    My dogs are also harnessed in...But my dogs sleep at my feet quite often. newfies like to touch, just, when you are settled. Not always and not in hot weather, when lying in front of a fan on a cool floor is more important. But cold nights are cosy here at home
    I would never stop a puppy from lying on my feet. My dogs are not anxious at all when we go out. My rescue dog was initially a little, but I bet she never slept on anyones feet as a puppy.
    I just don't make coming and going a big issue in our house. When we think we will be away for a few hours, we give the dogs a treat before we leave and I sometimes think when they see me get ready for work. They almost say "hurry". so they can get their treat. I have actually snuck home to see what they are up to and they are usually asleep on our screened verandahs.
    We also hardly greet when we first get home, just let them out and go on as if we have been home.
    Our dogs stay free in the house when we are out for less then eight hours. Because the house has better temperature regulation. We have no chewing problems or potty mishaps.
    Just love your pup...........As people have mentioned on this Forum before, go and visit Ian Dunbar's site. there is lots of free down loads. An awesome puppy book and lots of info
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