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Hi all,

I'm just wondering if you let your pups sleep in bed with you? how do you keep them from falling out at night.

I'm asking because Jadzia fell out a couple of nights ago. She's alright, the vet checked her out and all is well we got lucky and I sure don't want that happening again. We have just the bare linoleum floor and it's quite a way down, right now we're putting an heavy sleeping bag and a couple of folded blankets on the floor at the open side of the bed but it's a bit ackward.

We're looking into several ideas; 1. make the girls sleep in their crate at night
2. take the legs off the bed making it two feet off the floor
3. buy a toddler bed rail

I'd rather not have the girls in their crate but their safety is more important than me wanting them in the bed with me. So what do you do to keep your pups safe?
 

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No i have a pink bed for Lily,she sleeps in that next to my bed and Simba sleeps on a duvet under my dressing table
 

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I myself do not let mine sleep with me, not because I think they will fall out but mostly because they are pretty small and very trusting. My husband and I both are restless sleepers and we toss and turn a lot and I fear we will roll over on one of them. I have tested to see if they will move if we roll that way and they do not as they are so trusting they do not even think about it.

When they get older you shouldnt have to worry about them falling out of bed and most will burrow under the covers towards the bottom.
 

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When they get older you shouldnt have to worry about them falling out of bed and most will burrow under the covers towards the bottom.
Jadzia has been sleeping with me for almost a year now, she's 14 months old.
She was under the covers by my side on the open side, a spot she doesn't normally sleep at. I was half a sleep at about 4am and noticed where she was and next thing I know she's on the floor. I wish I had woke up more and moved her.
 

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the question is...... how do YOU keep from falling out of the bed....lol...as Chico will 'hog' the entire King-size bed if I let him... I mostly sleep on the 6inches he will allow me to sleep on....lol
 

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I allow my 3 girls to sleep with me and hubby in bed. But I crate my 3 males, cause once in a great while they will jump off the bed and mark everything. But my girls are good, they move when I move and they all sleep under the covers.
 

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the question is...... how do YOU keep from falling out of the bed....lol...as Chico will 'hog' the entire King-size bed if I let him... I mostly sleep on the 6inches he will allow me to sleep on....lol
LOL, I got that down pat, I used to have two big Irish Setters, 77 lbs each, and they'd each lay on top of the covers one on either side and effectively pin me down lol. There were many of times I'd have to call my husband to 'rescue' me. Limited space is a breeze compared to that LOL
 

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the question is...... how do YOU keep from falling out of the bed....lol...as Chico will 'hog' the entire King-size bed if I let him... I mostly sleep on the 6inches he will allow me to sleep on....lol
LOL! I know what you mean. They seem so tiny, until you let them sleep in the bed with you.. then it seems like they take up so much space! :lol: I guess it's because they need to be right on top of you. hehe.

Oh and to answer the question, I never worry about mine falling out really. They never seem to go near the edge.
 

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just a warning if you do use a toddler bed rail.
my son has a three quarter cabin bed and has built in railings. Diefie was snuggling in bed with my son and rolled over near the edge and his body went through the railings and was dangling by his head.
fortunately Dief was given the all clear by the vet and the rail has been removed and the doglets banned from my son's bedroom.
if you do consider using a toddler safety rail, i suggest getting one of those ones with the MESH panel and not bars.
 

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I cant let Peebo sleep in bed he keeps trying to lay across my neck or on the pillow im sleeping on! If I move him he comes back nothing like waking up with Chihuahua on your face lol
 

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Mine sleep with me :) they move as I move or if i want them to move then i move them with my legs they dont even wake up half the time... Lola usually sleeping my my arms I sleep on my Stomach with my Arms umber my pillow making a protective ring around her... she is quite the suck :) lol
 

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Mia and Skylar (16 mos. tomorrow and almost 11 mos.) sleep with me in a queen sized bed. As someone else said, there's not much danger of them falling out of the bed because they're wedged up against my back in the middle of the bed (as I'm smooshed onto my 12" alloted space)! However, I do place a pillow on the other side of the bed and I have two big pillows at the top of the bed on their side. They just tend to stay in the middle of the bed so it's not an issue. I never let them between me and my side of the bed.
Since he walked off my husband's bed in Sep. 2009, Bizkit has since slept in his bed on the floor in my bedroom (he has a heating pad in his bed so he's in hog heaven). We're not sure why he walked off the bed except that perhaps he was used to my king sized bed (which I had at the time). My husband turned off the light and started walking toward the bed when he heard a thud. He turned the light back on and Bizkit was laying on his side twitching on the floor. Of course we took him to the emergency vet. He seemed dazed and couldn't support his weight on his front legs. We took him to his regular vet the next morning, who sent us to the specialist vet that afternoon. Over the next two days he was given anti-inflammatories and pain medicine, had a $1,150.00 MRI of his entire body and he slowly recovered at home. (Total bill: $1,800.00) We did learn that the second and third vertebrae in his neck are fused - birth defect. Good to know. The doctors guessed that he had soft tissue swelling somewhere in his next or spine and that's what was causing his partial paralysis. So, since then, he doesn't really even like to be picked up--let alone be placed on anything off the ground. That's how he ended up sleeping in his bed on the floor. For the seven years prior to that, he'd always slept with us--never fell off the bed.
 

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Oh wow Ember, what a scary story! I am so glad your little one is okay!!

Mia sleeps with me every night and has never fallen out of bed. She always sleeps right against my stomach (I sleep on my side.)
I think I would be more cautious if she didn't sleep right up against me, or if she was an extra teeny chi!
 

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it was scary! :(
i'm just relieved i was in the room at the time it happened and that i could support Dief's body till we got his head unstuck.
it was my own stupid fault that it happened. my son was laying on his bed reading and Diefie had followed me and the laundry upstairs. i popped Dief on the bed so that he wouldn't get under my feet as i put the clothes in the dresser.
never again :(

on the plus side, my pups sleep on my bed right in the middle. i'm usually shoved to the edge of the bed *sigh*. they get wedged up to my legs as close as possible and under the covers, so no danger of them falling out in the night.
if they get hot, they crawl up the bed and on top of the covers. i'm a real light sleeper so i'm aware of the slightest movement they make.
 

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Rocky sleeps in bed with us. I love it especially in winter because he always wants to be under the sheets and he is just so soft and warm ;)
I dont think I could ever sleep without him being in the bed again.
 

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All four of mine sleep with me. The only one that's ever fallen out of the bed was Roxy but it's never been while sleeping. I guess my girls are just mindful of the edge :coolwink: Plus, they also choose (all four of them) to sleep in the middle of me and hubby so I guess we act as rails.

If anything, I'm most likely to fall out of the bed because they sleep right against me and push me to the edge.
 

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Rocky sleeps in bed with us. I love it especially in winter because he always wants to be under the sheets and he is just so soft and warm ;)
I dont think I could ever sleep without him being in the bed again.
that's exactly how I feel, I can't go to sleep with out Sassy in bed with me and she is like most other chi's on here, right up against me. lol
 

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I just didnt let them sleep in the bed until they were about 6 months old, and big enough to jump in and out of the bed on their own. Reese likes to sleep with his head on my shoulder/pillow and his body between my body and my arm, and I usually curl my arm around him. We fall asleep like that and wake up like that, so I guess neither one of us tosses and turns! Miley has just started sleeping in our bed, she likes to go deeper under the covers though and usually snuggles around my legs. We have a king with plenty of room, and I think both my fiance and I are just a couple of rocks once we fall asleep. I feel like Im always conscious of them being there though, even if I am asleep.
It seems like there are a lot of people who have had some scary close calls, but we have never had any problems. Maybe its because Miley and Reese are both on the sturdier side though, Reese is just under 7lbs (hes 2) and Miley at 7 months is already over 5, and they are both capable of easily jumping on and off the bed. Our new puppy Leo is only a little over a lb though, so he sleeps in his pen with a little dog bed and his kennel, which is where he seems to prefer to sleep at night. I wouldnt ever have such a small, fragile guy in our bed. I think if theyre too little to easily and safely jump off the bed if they needed too, maybe theyre just too darn small to sleep with you. Or you need to get creative with your solutions :) I would be worried about a toddler rail because it seems to me that if they were about to be pushed off the bed anyway, a rail would only trap them there to be smooshed. Maybe a few flights of dog stairs and a soft place to fall if need be are your best bet. Hope you can work it out, I would hate to sleep without mine!
 
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