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Old 12-07-2009, 07:58 PM
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Is it okay for my Chi to sleep in bed with us? We have a King sized bed, so my husband and I sleep on one end, and she sleeps next to me on the other end. She has a bed cushion on our bed that she sleeps on. There’s a “ramp” or pillow I put against our bed where she climbs up and down to get to her potty pad. She is very good with going potty.

She used to sleep in her bed in her play pen next to our bed but now that she is potty trained I let her sleep with us. Is this a bad habit I shouldn’t be getting her into? I love sleeping with her.
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Both Chewy and Lilibell have slept with us since day 1 and I wouldn't have it any other way!! Besides the fact that I just love having them sleep curled up against me, during the winter they provide some pretty toasty heat that keeps us warm throughout the night!
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My dogs sleep with me. When Mollie was well that was a standard Doxie, a 10lb Chi mix, and a mini Doxie sleeping with me on a tiny futon with the back part up, so we basically sleep on top of each other - Sophie and Mollie on me and Roxie at the foot of the bed with my legs on her. LOL
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Jasper sleeps with me...I would never have it any other way nor
would my husband. Hell neither would Jasper.
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there is not enough room for me my bf 4 chis & a kiiten
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:12 PM
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My Chi sleeps in his kennel for a few reasons. Firstly, as my first dog, with a boyfriend who is not really an animal person, we had a "dogs don't sleep on the bed" rule (I figured it's a small compromise for my boyfriend). Secondly, Ollie is the kind of dog who consistently needs to be reminded who is boss. He has to sit before food, sit and wait or do another "trick" before getting treats, sit before being let onto the couch, walk beside/slightly behind me, etc. because otherwise he'll very quickly try to walk all over people. His barking will increase, possessiveness will start, and so on, if we don't stick to this. So, letting him sleep on the bed with us would also be giving him the wrong idea.

If you don't have a particularly dominant dog, then I don't see anything wrong with letting them sleep on your bed. It's just that I know Ollie, and the structure that he needs, so he only gets to sleep on the bed on very rare occasions. Just one thing to keep in mind is that I would recommend having your dog be used to sleeping both in your bed and in their own bed, so alternating sometimes. This is just because things can happen, or you could go on vacation, or whatever, that could result in your dog needing to adapt to different sleeping arrangements. It would be easier to deal with that ahead of time, rather then when busy with whatever else is going on.

All of this being said, my IG still sleeps on the bed with us. I am hoping to wean her off of this soon (again, so I know that she *can* sleep in her own bed), but we haven't had much success yet. She originally slept in a nice, comfy crate, for a couple weeks. But she'd start wining in the morning and I had three options: 1)take her outside really early in the morning and wait FOREVER for her to do her business, 2)ignore her and then she'd mess in her crate, or 3)put her in bed with me and she'd sleep soundly until I was ready to get up. Also, Juno is an extremely submissive dog. Ollie keeps her in line (and gives him an outlet to be "Boss" lol) so I never even have to worry about it.

Obviously #3 is most appealing. The frustrating thing is that this option proved that she could hold it all night from the start, but she simply wouldn't do it if she slept in her crate. Boyfriend has allowed the "no dogs in bed" rule to be broken for now, but both of us would prefer to be able to sleep without her at least sometimes. So, that's what we're working on.
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Of course I've had Chi's in my bed for 13 years! I love it. I've never ever hurt them rolling over or anything. I just know they're there and they usually pick the same spot to sleep in.
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Our 2 Chi's both sleep with us and we have never rolled over on them. I cant sleep without them in bed with us. I love having them snuggled up with us!
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