Elissa's and Ceylon's Mom
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The idea that if dogs get too much 'freedom', or if we let them sleep in our beds, or if we let them enter doors before us etc. etc. that then they become 'alpha' or 'boss' or think they own the house, or whatever, is honestly crap, at least for most if not all of our little guys (and girls!). Letting your dog sleep in your bed is a personal choice - some people here on the forum are all for it, some don't let their dogs do it, but whether or not you choose to let your dog sleep in your bed doesn't make him or her 'dominant', or have issues of any sort, other than if they have to go pee in the night they might pee in your bed or in your bedroom if they can't hold it and are not taken out, and are used to having a pee pad or whatever (as I know very well from personal experience LOL!). Ditto for letting your dogs up on the couch, walking into doors in front of you, etc. etc. - it's a totally personal choice, and your dog will be fine either way.
From what I understand, I agree with the above advice - regressions in potty training are quite normal. If you want to keep your dog in your bed, I say do so and just go back to strict training/watching him the way you had to when he was younger, and he will eventually get it. (And maybe think about finding another vet, honestly - I would! Her opinions are so outdated as to be laughable, which would make me personally question any other decision she made with regards to my precious pet.) How old is he? I am assuming that he is neutered; if not, it could be a marking thing that can only really be fixed by neutering or tempered by belly bands.
Anyway, good luck, let us know how it goes!