dog prefers to sleep in another room?

asked 2016-08-22 18:06:21 -0500

We have an adopted dog (Lab mix, about 6 years old) who has been home with us for 3 months. When she first came home, we were having her sleep in the kids' bedrooms (mostly in one kid's room, sometimes with the others), with the doors shut (d/t room air conditioners). Sometimes in the morning, she would either bump the door to be let out or seem barky and zoomy when we let her out. Now that it's cooler out, we are letting her sleep on the sofa downstairs (or in her crate which is in the adjacent room--she can move between the two) and she seems calmer in the mornings. (We do leave our bedroom door open upstairs in case she needs us, but she doesn't seem to come upstairs).

I had read a lot that dogs prefer to sleep with their people-is it ok to let Sadie sleep alone downstairs?

Many thanks to all for your kind advice as we are newbies at this!

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It's totally okay for a dog to sleep elsewhere. It's a personal choice to let the dogs into your bedroom. I have two large dogs and I've never let them sleep on my bed. They aren't even allowed in my bedroom. They don't seem to mind since that's the way it's always been :)

Julia & Bryan M.'s profile image Julia & Bryan M.  ( 2016-08-23 07:59:19 -0500 ) edit

Of course it's OK to let her sleep downstairs. Not all dog want to sleep with their owners . Some people require their dog sleep in their beds, but not all dogs like it. My dog and I do NOT share bed, we don't sleep together. They sleep downstairs and guard the door :)

Lenka L.'s profile image Lenka L.  ( 2016-11-26 09:48:47 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2016-08-23 23:57:00 -0500

As long as Sadie isn't getting into anything or causing any problems, I can't see any reason for her to not sleep downstairs. She seems to prefer that.

I've owned dogs for decades, and my current dog is the first to sleep on my bed. Others have slept in my bedroom, but on the floor. Most have slept outside the bedroom. It's based on personal preference (yours firstly, but also the dog's).

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thanks so very much!!!

Jill F.'s profile image Jill F.  ( 2016-08-24 07:29:15 -0500 ) edit

Sounds right! I have a newly rescued 5 y/o Corgi that I kind of wanted to sleep on my bed. He has already chosen what I guess is a "safe place" in knee space under breakfast counter. When I tried to move him to the bedroom__GROWL!!! He is only on his 3d day here and is probably scared.

John C.'s profile image John C.  ( 2020-02-23 06:21:27 -0500 ) edit
answered 2016-08-24 19:37:31 -0500

I don't see an issue with allowing her to sleep wherever she wants. I noticed that my dog would sleep either in my room or in the hallway between my room and the rest of the house. I liked to think he was positioning himself between me and the door to protect me. Maybe yours is sort of doing the same thing.

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That's a lovely thought...thank you!!!

Jill F.'s profile image Jill F.  ( 2016-08-24 21:49:36 -0500 ) edit

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