“Is it safe for my dog to sleep in my bed with me?” This is a new one. Safe, how?
Are you worried you will roll over on your puppy and squish him?
Are you afraid your dog will decide he’s King of the World and eat you?
Two totally different questions there.
First off, if you have a very teeny tiny baby, or brand new bigger/older dog, she is probably safer in the crate. No falling off the bed in the night, no accidental kicking her with your feet, no wandering down to the end of the bed and peeing. Gives them a safe place of their own.
As to the King of the World syndrome. Yeah. It happens sometimes. My answer to this is: If you aren’t having any trouble, I don’t care if you sleep with your dog. Really. I don’t.
If you ARE having trouble of any sort, even minor issues, just don’t. They will get worse instead of better.
I define trouble as any one or a combination of the following: pee or poop in the house or on the bed during the night.
Acting like they don’t know its night time by running around and acting like a fool.
Growling when you move your feet or legs.
Growling or Not moving when you get up to go and come back to bed.
If you have any worries at all about your dog in your bed, get them out of there. Get a nice crate. Keep them safe. Keep them confined. Keep them in their own place.
Then if you want – try it again in a few months. A dog in a bed can be a lovely companion. But he needs to realize you are the king of the world whether he sleeps with you or not.
I’ll give a few tips on how to make your dog more comfortable in the crate in the next few days.