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? Time To Start Sleeping With Us ?

Our pups are now 13 and 15 months old. They have always slept together in a crate in our bedroom and they do fine, but wake up between 5 and 6 am. I have just ordered a king bed so there will be room for them to start sleeping with us, in hopes that they will sleep longer. Do I need any advice on doing this? Can those of you who've made the switch tell me how it went? Has anyone ever had their dog in the bed and then switched them back to crate sleeping?

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Letting our pup sleep in the bed was the ticket to sleeping past 6 am for us. I would just give your pup the option of the bed. Make sure the bed is low enough to the ground (or there's a step or two) that they can get on it without help. Don't take away the crate; just leave it in the bedroom, because they might prefer it. That said, we gave our pup the option of the bed and that was it. The crate is reserved for hiding from grooming time only. However, my pup will sleep until whenever we get up (be it 7 or 9 or 10 am, whatever). We've never tried going back to the crate.
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We are wrestling with the same situation. Murphy will be one this month and sleeps in his crate, however he likes to come in bed with us in the mornings. It is not a problem on the weekends, but lately he is waking up at 5:45am (alarm goes off at 6am) so he can have time in bed with us before we get up. The biggest problem with him in our bed is he likes to sleep on a pillow next to our head and it is not comfortable for us. Murphy is very comfortable like that however

My husband says we should just leave the crate open and let Murphy decide where he wants to sleep. My daughter wants him to sleep in her room, but she has so much stuff laying around that Murphy would probably have half of her room moved to the dining room by morning. That is where he takes all the items he can pilfer from us

Good luck with your decision!
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We have always slept with our dogs and love it. Sometimes ours is between us about waist high (we have a King sized bed) and sometimes he sleeps at the foot of the bed.
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I'm with giving them an option.

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I think around 1 yr old is a good time.
Tillie still sleeps in her crate, by HER choice. She will cuddle for a bit then jump down and go into her bed. My kids WISH she would sleep with them... LOL she won't even stay in their room once I leave.

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Oh I'll add that my pup sleeps at the foot of the bed or next to the small of my back. If I wake up a little bit then decided to go back to sleep for an hr or so, next thing I know, I'm nose to nose with my Hav, head on my pillow and sometimes half-cover by my blanket.
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Funny this topic came up. We have been, or I should say my husband has been, letting Timmy sleep in bed with us on the weekends. I'm not too crazy about it since I know where Timmy has been and it kind of grosses me out so I put a blanket on top of our spread. I don't want this to be a full time thing since I still want him to be used to being in his crate, so during the week he's in his crate. He really loves sleeping with us, he is normally cuddling next to hubby, but he still goes right in his crate when he has to with no whining. Funny thing is my husband was the one who wasn't crazy about getting a dog and he's the push over.

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This is a really BIG decision because once they're in your bed they will NOT EVER want to sleep anywhere else!!! I know some might have another experience but that has been mine with all seven dogs we've had over the years! I have found that one is not a big problem but with two it can get pretty crowded. I'm not sure if a bigger bed is the answer if you've got snugglers because they will always want to be right up against you no matter how much space there may be! Since our children are out of the nest and we have the space my DH sleeps upstairs with McGee and I sleep downstairs with Abby! Works out great for us since he's a morning person and I'm a night owl. McGee gets in bed with Abby and I in the morning after he's eaten breakfast and gone outside. In our household - Dogs Rule!!!

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My two started sleeping with me at about 12 weeks old. I didn't expect them to sleep with me so early, it just sort of happened. We had a few days of hot weather and the pups were being really restless in their crate. Panting, pacing, whining. So when I got up to let them out to potty, I just put them back on my bed to see if they would sleep. They immediately went to sleep on their backs and didn't move the rest of the night. I am single and I plan to stay that way, so I had always planned on having the dogs sleep with me. Since they were doing fine with it we just went with it. I love it! They do definitely sleep longer. My concerns were that I would squish them or kick them off the bed. They each fell off the bed one time, but they were fine, and now I think they know the boundaries. I find that I am naturally more careful about where I sleep and stay aware of where they are. I will say I am concerned about them sleeping with me before they are fully potty trained because I have one that is getting very comfortable with jumping onto a bench at the foot of my bed, and soon I envision him jumping down to the floor and leaving me a present! But, hopefully the potty training will keep advancing so that is not a problem. When they are older I will let them have the run of the house so they can sleep where they want to, but I sure hope they decide to sleep with me. Who wouldn't want to snuggle with a Havanese?

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