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Old April 30th, 2014, 08:39 AM
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Sleeping on my kids bed

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I would like to get your thoughts on allowing our dig to sleep on our children's bed versus on a blanket on the floor. My kids really want muffy to sleep with them and I have refused.

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Old April 30th, 2014, 08:51 AM
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I would have trouble deciding as well. The one thing that happened to my daughter when she was a young girl. She would sleep at her cousin's house in her bed and the boston terrier sometimes growled and even nipped her cause she was I guess invaded his space or maybe he was protecting the girl. Dogs love to cuddle with their family, so I guess it really depends on the temperament of the dog and maybe the age of the child? See what the others think.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 10:26 AM
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On general principle there's nothing wrong with it. Some dogs (like mine when I was a child) nipped if they got bumped at night, others will not. Give it a try and see what happens. If it's just that you don't want dog hair on the bed, throw an old sheet over the bedcovers. My old dogs understood they were only allowed on the bed if the sheet was on it.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 10:39 AM
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Traditional thought is that dogs should sleep at a lower level than humans.
I see the logic if there are dominance/aggression issues, but lots of dogs are real cuddlers and are completely gentle. As usual i guess it depends on the dog.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 11:51 AM
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thanks for the comments. I may try it for one night but I worry that once I allow it, muffy will never leave the bed
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Old April 30th, 2014, 02:10 PM
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How about setting up a "camp" bed on the floor for the kids and Muffy for a test run. That way Muffy doesn't get used to the idea of sleeping on the bed. Trust me, once a dog has slept in the bed, it's hard to convince them the floor is where they should sleep.
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Old May 1st, 2014, 07:44 AM
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New research shows a dog in the family may provide kids with health benefits. Now, that's not on the bed, just in the house with the rest of the family. But I have no problem with a dog on my own bed, ethically, morally, healthwise or anthing else you can think of. My dog is not allowed up till he is invited. This was easy to teach, simply pushed him off when he jumped up without an invite and he understood in a couple of days. Now he will look at me, look at the bed (only when I'm in the bed) and clearly ask to come up. Therein lies the hardest part of this training, ignoring those beseeching eyes. I doubt children could handle it, it was and still is hard enough for me.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 06:57 PM
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I think letting your dog sleep on the bed is fine, as long as you follow two important rules.

1. Your dog is only allowed on when YOU invite him

2. When you say OFF he has to get off

These will insure that your puppy understands that it is your bed that you are allowing you to share. Teach your kids how to gently, but firmly handle the dog. Make sure they understand the ground rules.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 01:25 PM
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Last night I heard a loud yelp as I rolled on top of Muffy. I do not think she will sleep with me for the next few days
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