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Help with sleeping alone

Background: 7 year old chi mix I adopted in July 2016, so I've had him 6 months. I know very little of his history, but was told he was a lap guarder & "not the type to hang out at the coffee shop" (whatever that means).

He is very loving to people, not to dogs, but neither of those is a problem that I have not been able to handle.

The problem has been bedtime. I know I made mistakes in the beginning: not deciding which areas of the house would be off-limits, for one.

As we live together more, there have been some limits I have had to set, one of which is sleep. Originally, we both enjoyed sleeping in my bed, but several times he got up in the night & pooped in the house, always on carpet. These seemed to be exceptional situations, like indigestion or my feeding him too late or waking up too late. To adjust to that, I bought pee pads & hoped to train him to use those when he is inside with no way to get out. He is very trained as far as never peeing in the house & has only pooped due to some laxity on my part. After all, I realize when you gotta go, you gotta go.

For about a month, I have solved the sleep issue by enclosing him in downstairs bathroom with crate, blank, water & pee pad. It is warm & I do put treats etc in that room to have good associations.

He does not like to sleep in there at night. Up until last night, I have picked him up & brought him in, even though his body language was very negative about it. Last night, when I went to pick him up off his pad on one of my couches, he snapped & scared me.

He has tried to placate me a bit this morning, but I am disturbed & need experienced feedback. I never had a chi before, & haven't had a dog for 25 years, & those dogs were mostly for my daughter. I would not call myself a dog person, but I love Captain Falcon (that's his name, now I call him 'Cappy').

He has been so good for me; I am committed, but I will/can not tolerate any aggression from a pet.

Any & all feedback very much appreciated :dontknow::nmad2::confused:
 

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So sad that dogs can't talk! He is saying to you "I don't want to go to bed, Dad"! Like a child, just take him in, give him his treat and leave. I don't think he was being really aggressive, like trying to bite you, just giving you his 'opinion', on going to bed. can you have the dog in a pen/crate in your bedroom? He wants to be near you? Don't sweat the snapping, just a dog 'telling you' he is not comfortable in what you are doing.
 

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thank you Susan for the reassurance. Tonight he put up with the process, but clearly not happy about it.
To answer your question - Last night I did try him again in his crate by my bed, but after about 1/2 hr, he started scratching to get out. Of course that doesn't allow me to sleep.

I am going to try feeding him in that room, even putting his meals in his crate.
 

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My dogs sleep in my bed. And sometimes they poop in the bedroom. It seems at times they just can't go all night without pooping. I do have a tile floor in my bedroom, so I personally don't sweat it, but I can understand the frustration of having poop on the carpet. My dogs are all rescue from some pretty nasty situations, so I tolerate a lot more from them than most do. When I had a door in my bedroom, problem solved, I'd wake up about 4 am to pee, let them out, and never had a problem. Now that I'm in an ordinary bedroom, I try to get up and get them outside in the mourning as fast as i can. Your little guy is confused, he got to sleep with you, which chis love, then you started locking him up at night. He's telling you he's not too happy with the change. Keep doing it, hopefully it'll be easer soon.


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thank you svdreamer. That makes total sense. I am glad you ended with "keep doing it", cos my heart was melting for him & I was considering letting him come back to my bed. I really don't think that would be right; much as we both love it, without some limits, things won't be good for us.
 
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