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Currently today when it is time for bed Snoopy goes in his crate that is beside the bed and I close it. He sleeps through the night with no problems. I was wondering how old your dogs were before you felt comfortable to not close the door or to just let them sleep in a bed beside your bed. Thanks.
 

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We did something a little different.

We got Murphy when he was exactly 8 weeks old. We tried crating him for the first 3 nights but didn't like getting up every 2-3 hours. So....

On night 4 he slept with us in bed for the first time. For the first month or so he'd wake one of us up around 2:00 or so to go out.

After the first 4-6 weeks he started sleeping through the night. Now it's rare that he needs to go out at night (but it does happen occasionally). He knows to wake my wife up with a lick on the nose.

There have been no accidents on the bed and we all sleep a lot better.
 

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We got our two when they were about 2yrs old. We crated them while we were gone during the day for about a year. At night, we probably crated them for a month or two. But as I said they were older and were able to hold it all night long pretty much from the beginning.
 

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We actually keep the door locked all night until we're ready to go downstairs. She's actually very restless if the door's not locked, and sometimes will sit like she's waiting for the lock to slide before she'll throw her blanket over her head and snuggle into her bed. She has to have that blanket, though.


We actually started locking the crate b/c she'd torment our (late) cat in the middle of the night. We got tired of waking up to fights on our legs b/c they both wanted to sleep on the bed with us.
Now she just seems to really feel safer when it's locked (us, too!).
 

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Talk about things that go bump in the night!!! lol That must have been something to wake up to a cat/dog fight when you are sound asleep!!
 

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Duke was a pup when we got him and from night 1, he slept in the bed, all night long. Rarely did he ever have to get up to potty and when we did hear his paws hit the floor in the morning, we were up right away to take him out.

Vi also has slept in bed through the night every night since the first night we got her. They both have free reign and they are both really good and sleep all night. Sometimes now they get off the bed and in their bed, but usually end up back in the bed at some point.
 

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Originally Posted By: BoulderBeaglesTalk about things that go bump in the night!!! lol That must have been something to wake up to a cat/dog fight when you are sound asleep!!
Yep. Animal smackdown at 2am is NOT fun.
And Garfield would stand his ground. We'd had him for 3 years before we adopted JoJo and he was certainly the king of the house. He did what he could to kick her off, but she just assumed the bed was hers. (she's quite the diva)
We're very fortunate she loves her crate so much...we get extra room in the bed and she sleeps better.
Even when we try to get her to jump up and chill out with us, she jumps down and heads for her crate. DH calls it her room.
 

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We crated Sadie at night until she was, I’m guessing, about 7 months old. Then we took her on vacation with us. We had her on the bed with us at night while we watched TV after long days of boating and sun. At first we put her in before going to sleep, but having her on the bed with us was such a bonding experience that by the time we got home she was sleeping with us all night. She still has a crate that she uses all the time to nap in, but it doesn’t have a door on it. The only time we’ll lock her in is if we’re in a hotel or something and want to leave her in the room while we go out to eat.
Having a dog that doesn’t need crating is good. Having one that will accept being crated when you need her to is even better.

Bebe was 4 when we adopted her in April, and very used to being crated. At first, we put her in at bed time, but she’s been sleeping with us for about six weeks now. We wanted to be sure everyone got along really well before letting her have free run at night. Sadie sleeps by our heads, and Bebe likes it down by our feet. Recently, Sadie’s been sneaking down to be close to Beebers in the middle of the night.

It's rare that either one of them will leave the bed during the night. (I'm a light sleeper.) Maybe to check out a noise or something. If they do, they come right back.

FYI: Maximum capacity of a queen-size bed = 2 well feed humans, 2 well feed beagles, and 2 cats.
 

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Charlee started sleeping on our bed when he got neutered at 4 months old. Hubby felt bad because Charlee lost his nuts and also felt bad about the cone on his head so we let him sleep on the bed. Been there ever since.
 

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Roscoe started sleeping with us at about 4 months. He was soooo easy to housetrain and we didn't have any problems. Cole on the other hand, liked to pee on our bed so that didn't last long.
 
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