rolloverSlowly my eyes open. Glancing over at the green numbers that identify for my brain that the blessed wake up time is 3:04 a.m. My arms are pinned to my sides, my legs unmovable and the heat reminds me of that visit with my sister in Tucson. Slowly, my right leg begins to vibrate. With the vibration, a rumbling noise which turns into an attackers warning. Shifting from side to side, I attempt to unharness myself from this sleeper’s bondage. All I want to do is get to the bathroom for my nighttime release of water. Escaping the mass of sleeping boulders is challenging but can be accomplished. The boulders unaware of my release will continue to rumble through the dreams of chasing rabbits, riding in cars and steaks falling from the sky.

Sleeping with animals is not a new concept. There are 10 reasons not to sleep with your pet, and 10 reasons why you should sleep with your pet. Some will think it disgusting, others will be able to share stories similar to mine. Life is full of choices and this is another choice a person is free to make. Dogs made it into human’s homes and hearts thousands of years ago due to their companionship and free heat.

There are many different places a dog can sleep. My suggestion would be to decide what your preference is for your dog’s sleeping arrangements so that during your training with the dog, that requirement is enforced in training. Remember that consistency is the golden ticket when training your canine friend. Once your preference has been decided, stick to it and consistently teach it. It really is up to you as to how you would like this relationship to happen. Some sleeping alternatives are:

• Crate. Use a command to signal dog to the crate. This is a popular choice.
• Outside. If outside, be aware of weather conditions. Too hot or too cold could be deadly.
• A sleeping mat somewhere in the house. Use a simple command like, “place” to train the dog to stay there.
• Let the dog choose. Be OK with what they choose.
• Locked in another room. Not good. Could cause anxiety, aggression or potty accidents.
• In your bedroom. Could be on a mat, crate, or on your bed. They do like to be close to you.

Again, you get to decide. Whatever works best for you in your relationship with your dog and the other humans in the house. Know what you want, teach it and be comfortable with it. Dogs are very much aware of how you feel about “things.” Happy human, happy dog.

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Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl Wilson created Why We Wag in 2012 as her result of her lifelong love of dogs. After 22 years in the Educational sector, Cheryl utilizes her expertise as an award winning educator, to educate dog lovers, along with offering supplies that support a healthy, meaningful relationship with canines. Residing in Utah, Cheryl is celebrating her 5th generation with dogs and now her first generation of grand-dogs.