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Question about not sleeping on the bed

As you probably all know, we took Gryff off our bed. We put his crate in the bedroom and he settled into it with no problem. What is happening now though is before bed, Gryff sort of hides underneath the bed and I can't get him out very easily. Last night, he slept under the bed all night instead of in the crate (or on our bed). '

My question - is it enough for him not to be on the bed or does he need to be in the crate? I'm not worried about him peeing on the floor or getting into anything. We took him off the bed strictly for Alpha purposes.

By the way, Alec and Gryff are doing MUCH better.

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It sounds like you made your point with that sweetie!

"Off the bed" was the point, right? (But I can imagine that little nose sticking out from under the bed saying, "PLEASE, Mommy???")

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Well, although he's off the bed, he's still "winning". The crate is where he should stay at night while you're working through the issues with Alec. So glad to hear that things are getting better between the two of them. Soon it will be a marriage made in heaven.


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Lisa, good point. He'll be back in the crate tonight.

The difference in the past two weeks has been really amazing. Gryff is still stand-offish with Alec. I guess he's pretty stand-offish with everyone, it's just him. However, the growling has almost stopped completely. There was a growl this morning, but I saw it coming a mile away. I had Gryff on my lap and I was pretending to dance with him. Then Alec was dancing with him. I put Gryff back on the ground. Alec wanted to dance with him some more, but couldn't figure out the best way to move him. I saw him move in toward Gryff trying to pick him up, but he was in no way in control of the situation and Gryff growled. It was so obvious to me that there was a growl coming. As long as Alec acts like the boss, the situation is good. As soon as he reverts to not knowing how to act around Gryff, the trouble happens.

It seems to me that the reason small dogs have more issues with kids than larger dogs is simply because they are afraid of them. Kids are rough with small dogs and I guess they don't like it too much.

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This is the issue we had with Dora and we had a king poster bed so I couldn't get her (now she couldnt get under the platform bed if she wanted to!)! When she was younger she hated the crate cause Belle didn't have one and she wanted on the bed with her. So we had the bedroom door shut so she couldn't rush under the bed!

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I have this alpha problem with Henry too, but I WANT him on the bed . . . . .

Anyway, I think you need to lure him into that crate, making it fun, treats, practice, etc . . .
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Ivy, I began from day 1 giving Tessa a yummy treat as soon as she walked in her crate. I never pick her up and put her in or even worse trick her in there. I have the treat in my hand and tell her "go to your crate" and she goes right in. Crate treats are extra special.

There are lots of threads with really good advice about getting your dog used to the crate, so you might want to try a search.

Yesterday she didn't want to go in when I left for a couple hours and she stared at me for a while but I stared right back without saying a word and she finally walked in. I did feel kind of bad about that but I can't trust her with free reign of the house just yet.

In the beginning when we first got her I fed her in the crate (door open) so she began to associate the crate with good things.
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