When Clover first came to live with me almost eight years ago, she had a nice comfy bed of her own. Yeah, well. That didn’t last very long. As soon as she was big enough to jump on the bed, that’s where she ended up. Stretched across the end of the bed with her head resting on my feet. I started out with good intentions of keeping her off the bed.
When Cosmo came to live with me three years ago, I crate trained him. He stayed in that crate while I was at work and for the first six months, he slept there at night too. I bought a soft-sided collapsible crate at Costco for the bedroom so he could sleep in my room, but be contained in one safe spot. All was well in my world. Clover on the end of the bed. Cosmo in his crate. But then, I got soft and wimped out. I fell off the dog rules bandwagon. I failed. I let Cosmo out of the crate at night so he didn’t feel left out. As if.
Fast forward to today. I have a puffy floor pillow for one of the dogs in my bedroom. I have one closet in my bedroom specifically arranged (without clothing) for Clover in case she needs to hide from the Bogey Man. There is another dog pillow bed on the floor in the living room, and two of the plastic-molded dog beds in the tv room. The dogs must be comfortable after all.
There is a strange hierarchy thing going on that I noticed a while back. If Cosmo gets on the bed first, Clover will only sleep on the floor or in the closet. If Clover gets on the bed first Cosmo will either plop down on the floor pillow, go sleep on the bed in the guest room, or sit beside the bed and whine until I call him up on the bed. He NEVER goes into Clover’s closet. What I have also noticed is during the winter when the heat is turned down at bedtime, its a free-for-all to see who can get closest to me on the bed for some extra body heat. My dogs have some stealth jumping-up on the bed properties too. It doesn’t matter how many times I ban them from sleeping on the bed — that’s where they end up. I try, but my will is weak, and theirs is stronger.
When we stay in a Hotel/Motel, I have to request a room with two beds. One for me, and one for Clover. Cosmo is a nervous traveler and feels better in his portable crate in the motel. Its either lock him up, or listen to him pace all night long.
Please don’t share this picture with the nice people at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Fayetteville, North Carolina, but I figure if I have to pay an extra $10 per dog per night then we should all get a good night sleep.
There are a lot of opinions on dogs on/off the bed. Experts abound on the internet. Good/Bad. Yes/No. Always/Never. All I have to say is, make sure you keep your dog(s) Frontline applications up-to-date, or you’ll be sorry!