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Katiesnowflake
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Hi Everyone
After yet another restless night and waking up lying crooked and out the side of the [double] bed with a white puppy lying right across the bed [blissfully happy] I thought, right its now the time to introduce the "adult" bed. Have to admit as they grow they get longer, heavier and harder to shift once on the bed!

When Rose gets on the bed she either lies right alongside or down at the foot - not so Miss Kates, she likes to stretch right across.

Anyway off we went to the pet store, got the biggest softest bed there and came home. Set it down for her and guess who had a good sniff, settled down in it happily?? Yep, Miss Rose. Miss Kate had no notion of something like a "Dog bed". You could see her thinking - "What me, me in a dog bed, are you nuts"!!

Well evening came and new bed is at the side of mine. Miss Rose as usual went to her bed which is beside the computer desk. Miss Kate jumped onto mine. I tucked a nice "Rosie" scented blanket along the side of the new bed. After the 4th time of taking her and puting her into her own bed, she sat looking sadly at me. As I turned away all I could hear was a lot of jumping and scrabbling - turned round in time to see the bottom "mattress/mat" flying through the air. At this stage I realised it was not going to be so easy. Several attempts later it dawned on Miss Kate that this was her bed and it was here to stay as she was expected to stay in it. After a few more minutes she settled herself down in it and - went to sleep! She is still there now.

Wonder where she will be when morning comes:jump:
Early days......................................!

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Good luck Helen....

Henry has taken to creeping into our bed in the middle of the night lately. Tia and Kirei have never really been bothered but Henry manages to creep in so carefully so as not to wake us up and he can balance on the narrowest edge of the bed without falling off!!!

No matter what you buy them they always want what we have don't they.... ours have been through so many new beds and cushions which get discarded after a few weeks as they are not being used.

It looks like your only option may be to shut them out of the room at night for a while until they get used to sleeping in their own bed. I know its not nice but if it is the only way you are going to get a good nights sleep then it may be your only option.

Good luck

Caroline, Tia, Kirei and The Birthday Monster xxxx

  
Katiesnowflake
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No - could never do that! She is very young and will learn in time [hope so]. Sneaky though, waits until I am asleep and then gets onto the bed.

It is amazing how I must keep moving over the bed to let her get more comfortable!!:roundnround:

Helen

  
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Hlen I hope youj work through the problem. It takes time but you are going about it the right way.
When I was reading this I thought about Sasha and Blue.
As you know Sasha was a bit of a mess when she first came to us and slept under the bed!
After a few weeks our daughter started to get into bed with us in the middle of the night. There seemed to be no reason for it until one morning I looked in her room and there was Blue and Sasha spralled out in my daughters bed! They were pushing her out during the night.
We got a baby gate and put that up on the door. She could open it AND get a good night's sleep.



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I must admit I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to sleeping and where, with both children and dogs! Everyone in their own beds until morning!

When I first got Sasha at five months she had been sleeping on her previous owner's kid's beds. I went straight out and got her a bed and she slept in it downstairs in the hallway at the foot of the hallway.

My last girl slept in the room with me in her bed until I had my first child, then she was in the living room/kitchen etc and to be honest, she didn't bat an eyelid! Think she was looking forward to quiet nights! Later on in her life, if hubby was away, I would call her up to sleep on the bed with me - she would last about half and hour, huff and then go downstairs!!

Sasha hasn't had the pleasure of sleeping with me yet - she is too much of a chancer and would probably jump the stairgate for future nights if she realised the opportunities!

I am sure Katie will realise soon enough Helen, they are pretty good a settling into a routine bless them! Sounds like you are already half way there anyway!



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Good luck Helen, I'm with Karen though, Polo sleeps downstairs curled up on his blankets on the settee. The only time he's slept with us is when we stayed at my sister-in-law's and to put it mildly it was hard work :ohwell:



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Katiesnowflake
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She stayed in her own bed last night - all night. Got a cuddle on the bed this morning so think we are winning.
Instead of being on my bed now she is in Rosie's. Shes only a baby at 11 months [sucker say you all!!!!]

Helen

  
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It sems like it is going well for you Helen - although 11 months is still a baby - they are not small in size at that age are they, just as tall but not yet so stocky.

Tia and Kirei are just like Karens first baby - we decided one christmas to let them sleep on the bed with us and they were really restless and soon went back to their own bed.

Henry just likes to be as close as possible all the time - if you are sitting on the sofa he will be lying ON your feet!!!!

Keep up the good work !!!!

Caroline, Tia, Kirei and Henry Monster xxxx



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Thats good Helen. I'm sure it wont take long by the sound of it!



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Katiesnowflake
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No I dont think it will take long, she is an intelligent little cookie. Typical of a Boxer though, stubborn. Im not really pushing hard cos I am a "softie"! I know it will get through in the end as she has worked out quuite a few things on her own.

This morning I got up at 7am to go to the bathroom, came back and Katie was on the bed so I told her to go to her own. She got down okay, stood looking at me for 5 [very long] seconds and then went straight across to Rosie and got in beside Rosie! Yep, I took a pic. Unfortunately I left the camera in the car today but watch this space!

Helen

  

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