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Old 01-22-2016, 04:27 PM
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Hi.. so I am curious what would be a good age to try and let Lola sleep with me on my bed... or I guess if it's even a good idea? One thing I do need are steps, which I'll be ordering shortly. She's doing wonderfully with potty training - I use a plastic grid tray and pads - and she's about 12 weeks old now... We take naps together and I know she loves being with me, and I love having her near.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:04 PM
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I've heard fairly mixed thoughts on allowing pups to share 'human' beds...
I personally do with Churro, because like you and Lola we are very attached, and I am a big snuggler and he is a big snuggler and my hubbie is not so much, so he and I keep each other company... Plus, he still potties in his crate so I cannot give him blankets in there, which means he is even more uncomfortable than he already would have been sleeping away from us.... we initially used a deep basket he couldn't get out of ( because we're renters with carpet ) and placed it right beside the bed with lots of comfy blankets... he was comfortable with that, but then started peeing in it as well even with sufficient potty breaks, and it is too big to easily wash... so in the end we just gave up and agreed that he was better off in bed with us.

It may also depend on the individual pup.... Churro's old owner did not potty train him, but he NEVER goes where he knows he might end up getting it on us.... so if the bed is small enough and human-occupied, he will not go. I still keep him close and don't allow him to wander aimlessly though.
That being said, the one time I did allow him to wander ( he was more around 3 months at the time while we were pet-sitting him for his old owner ), he did go on our old bed; it was very big and only filled with me at the time, so it provided him ample space away from me for him to go. x:
I don't know if he had had sufficient potty breaks at the time though.

As a general rule, to be safe, I only let him sleep in bed with me at night and during the day as long as he remains sleepy. If he starts wandering around more than simply standing up and stepping a few steps to readjust his sleeping spot, then I take him out for a potty break. If he doesn't go, then I take him back to the bed in a bit and wait to see if he will settle down. If he doesn't settle down, he can't stay in the bed. :<
He knows that the bed is a sleeping and snuggling zone only.
( He's also allowed to wander between my hubby and I, but if he starts heading south for the empty bottom of the bed, or scratching the way he does before he goes potty, it's off to the potty spot for him for a little while. )

The fact that you have steps and a room she can go down into is a big plus for you though. If she does well at going where she is supposed to then hopefully this will carry over to the bed.

I would test how potty trained she is first. If she is still having accidents, I would say it's a no-go. You could also see how she does left unattended in a safe and easy-to-clean room ( if you haven't yet ) to see if she holds her training even when you're not around. Again, if there are accidents ( presuming she has the ability to hold it for however long you leave her unattended ) then it might should be a no-go. :<

I left Churro alone for the first time yesterday while I cooked dinner, and he dutifully pottied where he was supposed to even though I wasn't there to give him a treat!
I also try to cut back on the water an hour or two before bed, just to be safe.

I'm sure others will have some great feedback, though!

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Old 01-22-2016, 06:17 PM
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a few risks to consider:

1. cleaning issues: accidents in bed are typically much harder to clean
2. leaving the bed available when you're not in it / separation anxiety:
another common issue I have heard from people is folks who let their chi's wander while they're away; apparently Chi's sometimes develop separation anxiety and may urinate places where your scent is strong if they have access to it while you're gone.
I haven't had experience with that, but other folks may be able to speak on it.
3. being aware of where they are both when you're awake and sleeping: this is sometimes tough because they burrow. I haven't had trouble with this, but he no longer sleeps on my hubby's side because hubby was asleep and nearly rolled over onto him once. ( and would have if I hadn't stopped him >< )
4. Height: chihuahuas don't always realize where the edge of the bed is, and may fall off of it while burrowing. It's a big and potentially dangerous drop for them.



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I guess you could also try 'training sheets' like potentially put something liquid resistant under the mattress cover, put a cheap set of sheets on it that you don't mind losing, remove extra pillows and such, see how it goes with those first?

If you want to keep it cheap, you could even do something as simple as trash bags. You could do a tarp too, but that may or may not get uncomfortable depending on the tarp and how lumpy it is, hah.

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Old 01-22-2016, 06:34 PM
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I agree.
I'm one to not have the pup sleep with me because I fear of causing separation anxiety, and also if there is any mess on the bed then it will be a whole new bed for me! I'm a bit OCD and so is my boyfriend so if any mess on the duvet would mean a new duvet. Which would get a bit expensive !
It might not happen, but I don't want it to be an issue.
People find it no problem so there are mixed opinions on the subject. If training is going well and willing to keep at it then why not? Also be clear on boundaries.
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Old 01-22-2016, 07:04 PM
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Letting her sleep in your bed is perfectly fine and a personal choice. My 2 chis sleep in our bed and we love it. In a way I feel like it has even helped us have a closer bond. And with chihuahuas being companion dogs, they're a lot less independent than some other breeds and I feel like they're generally happier sleeping close to us (either in our bed or at least in the same room). But that's just me.

As for what age would be best, I guess that depends on the dog. My previous chihuahua Coco was trained to sleep in a bed next to our bed first, while we potty trained her. Then once she was trained, we allowed her to sleep with us. That was a good arrangement because despite being tiny, they manage to take a lot of space and make sleep impossible sometimes! As much as we loved having her with us, if it ever got uncomfortable we could ask her to go to her bed. So that's what I would personally recommend doing.

After Coco passed away, we got Lilo. We tried to do the same training, but I think we were emotionally fragile so she got away with everything she wanted. Basically after 2 nights of being home, she was in our bed already. Thankfully she didn't have accidents. She always slept on my or my boyfriend's chest so whenever she woke up and needed to pee, it would also wake us up so we took her outside immediately. Rocky was already potty trained when we adopted him so he also got to sleep in our bed from the first day we had him. I do wish I had trained them to sleep on their own beds next to ours too though... just for when we feel like being more comfortable. lol
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I'm lucky my husband lets me sleep in the bed he's such a light sleeper! My 9 month old sleeps in his crate overnight. I figure it's useful in reminding him his crate is a good place. He already tends to be a bit clingy so it's good that he knows when it's bedtime and goes straight into his crate on his own each night.
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Ours have crates right beside our bed. They know that it's a treat to be in our bed. They get some snuggle time every morning. It works for us. Both hubby and I love this snuggle time. One of the many things I love about these guys is how flexible they are to what their families need.
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I am such a light sleeper, I don't want my chi's with me. The exception is when they first come home, they sleep with me IN their crates under the covers (if it is cold). That way I can't hurt them, and they can't wander around. After the first 1-2 nights, they are in their own Iris pen, with their own crate inside. They go to bed around 9 pm on their own!
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