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09-10-2019 10:42 PM
haunani Our dobies mostly slept with my husband, as he's a more stationary sleeper, while I got the cats, since I'm a tosser and a turner. (Yes, we have separate rooms. We both sleep much better this way!) So yes, they were allowed up on the beds.

As for the couches and such, they were allowed on them without permission if no one else was sitting on them. If a person was anywhere on the couch/chair/loveseat, they could only come up if invited. This led to my male standing with one paw resting on the couch, staring at you, still as a statue for eons until you either relented and let him up or told him to go lay down.
01-18-2017 08:55 PM
dobie822
We're a family here...

We have a king size bed, 2 dobies, a toy poodle, and a cat. Yes, we all sleep together. Lola weighs 85 lbs. and LOVES the bed and as the house manager, she is the first one to start barking in the evening when SHE thinks it's time that everyone should retire to the bedroom. (God forbid she would go to bed by herself). She prefers laying down at the foot of the bed with a blanket on. Jack weighs in at a whopping 140 lbs. (not a warlock, just a fluke of nature) and he insists on sleeping under the covers between my husband and I, with his head on a pillow. Our toy poodle and the cat both sleep on the pillow above our heads. I feel like I'm sleeping with 2 adult men in some kind of crazy foursome and it does get a bit snug. I am the one who often ends up on the couch if I want to get a good nights sleep...
12-31-2015 02:22 PM
Tera • Sleep in your bed with you? Do they sleep on top or under the covers? When did they first start sleeping in the bed? Or do they have their own bed?

I have two Dobies, Lucy and Linus. They both have huge crates in my room full of blankets and stuffed animals. Lucy prefers to sleep in her crate. Linus is 50/50. If he jumps up to sleep with me, I have to immediately pull the covers up so he can crawl underneath. Regardless of the weather, he's under the covers. He does fine in his crate too.


• Sit/sleep on your furniture? Do they have their favorite piece of furniture? How many have leather couches? When did you first ley them sit on the furniture?

Yes to all the above. I'm on my third couch. I'm careful to put blankets down and then they have to be invited up. Although I keep their nails trimmed, they reek havoc on the sofas. It's just so peaceful having them up with me.
12-19-2015 11:29 PM
Strife Kira sleeps on the bed in between my boyfriend and me. It's pretty adorable and we love it. When we get our dober boy, he'll sleep on the bed with us too if he wants.

We're gonna need a bigger bed.
11-15-2015 09:13 PM
71_340 Max sleeps on our bed. We just adopted him a few days ago....he likes it!
10-15-2015 07:29 PM
windamyr Have always had the rule, no dogs on the furniture, and no dogs in the bed. I love all of them dearly, but there are just some things that are off limits for the dogs. Furniture and kitchen counters are two of those things<G>
09-17-2015 12:53 PM
BMiller2 Of course! There is not a single place in the house daisy isn't allowed! Dais has UI so we have a protective cover over the mattress in case she "leaks" Next to our bed, she also has a full size couch with her babies, pillows and blankets. If I can talk her into sleeping in bed she will but if not she chooses her couch! She doesn't sleep well when mom's smothering her She also has a doggie bed if the incontinence is really bad that day. We move it between the living room couches and chairs. She only lays on the floor if she is hot from being outside. She is as much of family as everyone else and we never want her to feel the house isn't hers!

Originally the rule was supposed to be no furniture (not my rule!) That lasted about 5 minutes before I was pulling her on the couch! She loves every piece of furniture except the leather chair on the porch. I think it scares her! When dad isn't in his chair she'll take it but if he is, she'll sit in the chair next to him! The living room couch will also do if mom is trying to sMother her! Most days you will find her on her couch though, peace and quiet from the others!
08-13-2015 10:20 PM
TallStef She's a puppy, a puppy who prefers to pee indoors on soft surfaces. I think she gets the idea about the couch, but being loose in the bedroom is a future thing.
08-13-2015 09:53 PM
bluphoenix90 Zeus (dobe) is allowed wherever he wants to be. He sleeps with me every night. Like a typical velcro dog he has to be in constant contact at night. If I move, he moves. He usually ends up sleeping under my legs lol. Diesel (Rottweiler mix) is another story. He used to be allowed in bed and on furniture, but he got just a little too cocky. He is now banished to his doggy bed (more correctly two memory foam beds stacked). He is much more respectful without furniture access.
07-28-2015 03:07 AM
DogWhisperer
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Originally Posted by Kratty View Post
Here's a fun one to see how spoiled our dobies are. My bet is that they are....

Do you let your doberman……

• Sleep in your bed with you? Do they sleep on top or under the covers? When did they first start sleeping in the bed? Or do they have their own bed?
• Sit/sleep on your furniture? Do they have their favorite piece of furniture? How many have leather couches? When did you first ley them sit on the furniture?
I would definitely let my doberman sleep in my bed but it's worked out better for both of us if she sleeps at my bedside, I would also be scared of accidentally hurting her in my sleep. I also had a doberman as a little boy and she also used to always lay beside me without being prompted to do so.
04-14-2015 03:11 PM
jrh03 Fine on the bed but never really happens. He sleeps in a crate quite happily at night. In the daytime I'm rarely in bed anyways. He's allowed chill on the couch however I have a sectional with a big matching ottoman, which he fits on perfectly. (Plus we can both see the tv. win!)

The only problem so far is getting him to stop thinking the couch is part of his zoomie flight trajectory. He's a little too big to big flying and landing on the cushions full speed/force.
02-27-2015 05:46 AM
Shalisk Im afraid me or the hubby might kung-fu chop a puppy. He and I are known to have epic ninjitsu battles during the night.
02-26-2015 08:30 PM
Zea With Artie I just wake up a few times to take him out. When he was really small it was 4-5 times a night, which was annoying but we're down to once a night now. He's pretty good at waking me up when he needs to pee.
02-26-2015 03:59 PM
Shalisk All of my dogs (Sasha, Kain, Buddy, KK, and Scoot) All used to sleep on the bed, and be allowed on the furnature (And eat people food, and.....) I could not sleep growing up without my dog in my room or on my bed.

I have seen people say that they had their pet on the bed from 7,8,9 weeks old and such, my mothers dog would not sleep through the night without having to potty at that age, so how do you counter that? Set a alarm every 2 hours and let them out? I would figure they might potty on the bed, or hop off and potty on the floor O.O

Did you find it harder to house train?
02-26-2015 01:44 PM
Zea
All my pets are encouraged to sleep on my bed. It gets a little crowded with two big dogs on one twin bed, but I don't mind. They make good pillows.
01-15-2015 09:14 AM
myrz I never let any animals in human beds. We had trouble many years ago with a very dominant male who decided every night who he wanted to sleep with. We had 5 children beds he could choose from. And slowly and steadily he chose one of the girls bed over the other kids. Of course she loved having him choose her bed every night. But problems were brewing and I never saw the light because I was new to dog ownership and oblivious to allowing bad behaviors to grow. I worked 3-11 a few nights a week so my husband would put the kids to bed on my nights to work. He wasn't a dog person he tolerated our family pet and soon when he entered the girls room he would hear a very low short grow from the dog sleeping in the bottom bunk. He said he thought the "dog was upset because he was woken up." One night he reached in to "comfort the dog and give him an appologetic pat and the dog bit him in the forearm with a roaring growl. After that night he never felt comfortable going into the bedroom again. The dog continued to move up the ladder of who was the boss in the house. For safety reasons he made me get rid of the dog!
01-14-2015 07:53 PM
mellyz This is a hot topic in our house as we are about to add a Great Dane to the fam. Athena, I gave been told, is spoiled. She expects to be on the couch beside you, and will
Sass you relentlessly, and is not happy unless she is under the covers with me at night. Hard habit to break
01-13-2015 10:14 AM
diamond78 My dogs (dobie and other) have always been allowed on the furniture.

Bed sleeping - my first dog knew somehow what weekend days were and would always sneak up on the bed very early Saturday and Sunday mornings - and I never made her get down. Then she got cancer and slept with me for her remaining time. THEN I felt bad because my (at the time) only dobie boy was missing his friend so he started sleeping in the bed.

When we got our second dobie things kind of went back to normal for a while, but they would sneak up in bed sometime during the night.

Now with our third we don't even try! They all end up in bed with us at some point!
12-21-2014 12:13 PM
TopSkipper M has her nook... and there is never enough pillows.


12-21-2014 03:38 AM
frznbuns Yes our girl Yuki (our white) sleeps in the bed. Lets just say that I did not start it! She like to sleep between me and hubby and that would be ok if it was not that she likes to sleep all the way at the top between our pillow. and Boy what stinky feet she has
12-20-2014 05:51 PM
styric Hubby is already up in arms enough about me bringing home a Malinois, so I think he'd not only divorce me but have me chaptered if I brought home any more
12-20-2014 04:21 PM
falnfenix
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Originally Posted by TNfisher View Post
Couldn't find anything about a 6 dog night but I did find this:

http://theilovedogssite.com/6-common...their-origins/

"Three Dog Night-

The geographic source of this phrase has been debated time and again. No one is sure whether it originated in the Australian outback or the northern reaches of North America with the Eskimos. The meaning, however, is quite clear. The phrase is a rudimentary nightly temperature gauge. Dogs huddled with humans at night for the warmth. On really cold nights, three dogs were called into the bed to keep the owner from freezing to death. The phrase was cemented in literature by Jane Resh Thomas’ book Courage at Indian Deep"
i found that, too. but the whole claim that it's a Native American quote has me in stitches. preeetty sure that's not the case.
12-20-2014 02:25 PM
mommyblaze3
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Originally Posted by TNfisher View Post

..."Three Dog Night-
I always just thought

"Jeremiah was a bullfrog, was a good friend of mine..."
12-20-2014 02:05 PM
TNfisher
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Originally Posted by falnfenix View Post
uh...citation needed.
Couldn't find anything about a 6 dog night but I did find this:

http://theilovedogssite.com/6-common...their-origins/

"Three Dog Night-

The geographic source of this phrase has been debated time and again. No one is sure whether it originated in the Australian outback or the northern reaches of North America with the Eskimos. The meaning, however, is quite clear. The phrase is a rudimentary nightly temperature gauge. Dogs huddled with humans at night for the warmth. On really cold nights, three dogs were called into the bed to keep the owner from freezing to death. The phrase was cemented in literature by Jane Resh Thomas’ book Courage at Indian Deep"
12-20-2014 07:18 AM
TNfisher No bed and no furniture.

We started that the day we brought Mocha home; the couch, love seat, recliner and the bed are for us, and the crate and 2 pillows/pads are for Mocha. We don't sit or sleep on her pillows, and she doesn't sleep in the bed.
She used to sleep in her crate but as she's gotten older (and shown she can be trusted) we've started moving one of her pillows beside the bed at night, which sure has helped me get up in the mornings because as soon as the alarm goes off, Mocha puts her front paws on the bed (our bed sits really high) and sticks her face into mine to make sure I'm awake . Nothing like a cold, wet, dobernose to the eye plus a few good face licks! No need to hit snooze after that lol.
Also, when we eat, Mocha has to go lay down either in her crate or on one of her pillows until we're done.
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