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So Dora has developed a bad habit and I need to kick it and fast!!! When we go to bed at night, all 3 sleep in our bed- I know I am crazy and they are spoiled. Belle completely crashes and usually stays in the same spot and Dash only moves over to touch you if you roll away. Well Dora has became the "bad dog." Each night we get in bed turn the lights off, and Dora gets out of bed. Unfortunately, my husband is the lightest sleeper in the world. She often goes out and wonders and brings toys or chews into bed. She has a Dora stash in my closet and I normally shut the door.

Last night I stayed up later than DH to watch the dog show and I snuck into bed to not wake him up. I heard Dora get down and I knew she left the bedroom, I forgot to shut he door trying to be super quiet. Well I dozed off and felt Dora get on the bed and crawl up my body standing on my shoulder. I tried in a muffled mean mom voice to say "dora lay down!" Well suddenly I felt stuff fall on my face . I thought Dora had just vomited on my face- I was so disgusted! I yelled at DH t cover his eyes and turned the lines on. I got out of bed and saw Dora was just bringing kibble to bed and I yelled at her and she dropped it all over me.

Any advice on kicking this? She then sleeps most of the morning while me and the dogs are doing stuff! I thought about leashing her to the bed but I am thinking with 2 other dogs and 2 people that might be a bad idea.

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stash the stuff? she'll figure out she can't get any "prizes" when it's bed time and go to bed....probably...
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Shut your bedroom door so she can't 'retrieve' anything?

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I'm sorry Amanda but I just spit milk all over my computer when I read your story. I can just imagine the feeling of having the "stuff" dump on your face. The good thing about this incident is it will provide you with a story to tell for years to come. Realistically, I don't know what you can do, other than make sure the door is closed so she can't get to it or put her in a crate every time she jumps off the bed when it's sleepy time. I'm sure you'll get better advice from the group.

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AHHH she is sharing her midnight snack with you. On a more serious side keep her up during the day for a few days and not let her out of the bedroom. Perhaps that would work.


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OMG, Amanda, your story cracked me up! I would have freaked out too... though I love that you told Jim to shut his eyes before you turned the light on. How sweet of you!

I say shut the door and make sure there's nothing in your room to amuse her. Also, in the morning, wake her up and make her do things (things she likes) so she'll be tired for bed. It sounds to me that she's keeping a different schedule than you and is having a hard time falling asleep with you (for whatever reason that is). Retraining her to your schedule should help with the problem, I think.

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I love that she wanted to share her stash with you! I once got into bed, reached under my pillow, in the dark, to find something very squishy....eewwww. I wasn't nice enough to say close your eyes. When I turned on the lights I found my dog had hidden a half eaten chocolate bar (that had melted). I can't tell you how glad I was that it was melted chocolate and not the melted poop I thought was there. (Fortunately the dog had not been hungry so didn't eat enough chocolate to hurt her.)

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Amanda, thanks for the laugh. Could it just be too crowded for her in bed with you all? Jasper loves his crate. he loves a space of his own. Cash on the other hand...loves the bed and will stay in one spot perfectly at our feet the whole night, and although not as creative as Dora went through a stage where he wanted to get up and roam the room at 23.5 lbs the thud of him jumping down really woke us up... so we brought his crate back in the room and when he jumped down we got up and put him right in his crate. He was broken of his 5am habit in 3 nights. I also agree that if she is sleeping all day you have to reset her clock a bit too.

I say crate...and perhaps a bed of her own in your room.

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I loved the laugh. Not sure how to help other than crate? close all doors? no treats to get to? Smarty does leave the BR if I do not close the door and she is a shredder, get into-er, tear-er upper, and anything else you can think of. But she has never brought me a midnight snack.

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Funny story! I'm afraid I can't help much! This is why mine sleep in crates--I value my sleep too much.

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