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post #251 of 285 (permalink) Old 09-18-2014, 08:09 AM
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No to All of the Above

I live by a different philosophy---and I choose to take care of my dog in a different way. I love and enjoy my Dober (Zeke), and I don't believe in keeping dogs outdoors, but I refuse to let him take over my house. I'm of the school of thought that everyone needs their own space to meet their different needs.

My dog Zeke doesn't sleep in my bed for several reasons:

He's 84 lbs (there's already about 400 lbs there between my spouse and I), I suffer from pet allergies, he sheds (don't want hair in my bed), his feet get a little gritty from his brief potty trips outdoors (don't want dirt in my bed in between his baths), and dogs tend to get spoiled/possessive (didn't want him to feel entitled when I was single in case I needed to have an overnight guest).

When I brought him home, Zeke was crated next to my bed. When he was 6 months old, I made up a small room with a bed and lots of blankets, toys and his eating bowls just for him---trained him to eat, sleep and hang out there. Now 3 years old, he happiily goes in his own room whenever he wants to be alone, nap or when it's time for bed.

My dog is never allowed on the furniture for many reasons:

I have leather furniture to protect it from incidental dog damage, but it is costly, and a dog the size of a Doberman can be very rough on furniture (jumping on and off, waddling, burying their claws, etc.). I choose to preserve the furniture for myself, my human family (who may need to sleep on it from time to time) and my guests. However, I was sure to buy a piece of lounging furniture specifically for my dog in the living area that he can enjoy as his own as he sits with us.

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Dogs not allowed on furniture here. When raising from a pup it is simple and they show no desire to be on any furniture, ever. The dogs have their bedding on the floor to each side of the humans bed.

The adopted one (3 years at adoption) had been allowed total freedom at his previous home. I caught him once on the humans bed and corrected him, never seen him there again. He does go to sofa during the night and gets down as I am headed to toilet. Patiently waiting to catch him in the act for correction. He had attempted to get in bed and on the sofa with me, rejected. After several attempts he got the message.
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My baby dobey sleeps in the bed with us, and because she is only 11 weeks, she still likes it under the covers. We are amidst a cold Alberta winter right now. I have a standard eskimo as well, 13 yrs old, he won't come anywhere near the bed, always too warm.
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My dogs have always been allowed in the bed and the furniture. My JRTs are small pets so it was never an issue. My Dobbie is going to be a project. I've never had a large dog before.

She is currently sleeping on the bed with us as I put in another thread. She's spoiled rotten. I always also put her on the furniture but only under supervision, as she is but a puppy and is teething and keeps chewing on it.

I got leather sofas.

My philosophy is simple. Furniture are just materials, possessions. My pets are family members. I can always replace a worn down couch, but every minute I don't spend doing what *I want* with my dobbie, is a minute I will never get back. My baby is irreplaceable. I want her on my bed and on my couch and so there she is.
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Ever think of the manure between their toes or clinging to the toe nails? Yuk in bed. And the health risks.
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Ever think of the manure between their toes or clinging to the toe nails? Yuk in bed. And the health risks.
okay, so, i'm not a fan of pets in my bed as my fiance' and i are both somewhat allergic to cat hair (and i'm not keeping one animal out while allowing the other in), but manure? do you live on a farm?

my dog's feet get wiped when she comes inside...
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okay, so, i'm not a fan of pets in my bed as my fiance' and i are both somewhat allergic to cat hair (and i'm not keeping one animal out while allowing the other in), but manure? do you live on a farm?

my dog's feet get wiped when she comes inside...
I have a 5 year old.

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And I wonder why I wake up stiff.. at least I'm not cold

There's 2 cats and 2 dogs in that picture




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And I wonder why I wake up stiff.. at least I'm not cold

There's 2 cats and 2 dogs in that picture
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There is a Native American saying that the winter was so cold it was a " Six Dog Night." The Native Americans would sleep with their close dog companions to keep them warm in the brutal winters.

Sleeping with six dogs was said to be one of the coldest nights to keep warm, (and alive.).

So, I think you need 4 more dogs!!!!
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There is a Native American saying that the winter was so cold it was a " Six Dog Night." The Native Americans would sleep with their close dog companions to keep them warm in the brutal winters.
uh...citation needed.
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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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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"
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..."Three Dog Night-
I always just thought

"Jeremiah was a bullfrog, was a good friend of mine..."
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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.
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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
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M has her nook... and there is never enough pillows.


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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!
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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
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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