Should I let my puppy in my bed in the morning?

asked 2018-08-07 08:59:45 -0600

So I have a new puppy and I think I have created a problem for myself. I have him in a crate at night and the first weekend I got him, I wanted to sleep in. During the week him getting me up at 6 was perfect but not on Saturday. I put him in bed with me when he wanted to get up and he fell back asleep adorably. Well... it has been 3 weeks and I have been doing it every day since. He gets up somewhere 5-6 and I take him out of the crate (he usually goes potty somewhere 1-3) and put him in my bed and we go back to sleep.

But this is where the real problem happens. He is so freaking adorable and he never wants to get up, so I can't get myself out of the bed in the morning. I mean how can I wake such a quiet sleeping creature. So I have been getting up late and getting to work late and I really need to change something.

Should I try to go back to keeping him in the crate all night? I know it will be hard to break it at first because he knows now he gets the bed, but he should learn. Or is there other advice for getting me and him up when I need to (6:30 - 7) even though we are both tired and he is sleeping so adorably. Or any other suggestions?


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answered 2018-08-07 13:22:44 -0600

I recommend coffee. Seriously though, no matter how cute your puppy is, he's definitely not cute enough for you to be fired and not be able to feed him or pay your rent. Set an alarm for the other side of the room and once you are up don't get back into the bed.

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answered 2018-08-10 09:31:12 -0600

Boundaries are really important - especially right at the beginning.

I know it's super hard when they are so cute but you can't break. You will seriously thank yourself when your pup is a little bit older and has a really great grasp on boundaries - even waiting for permission to get into bed with you. It doesn't mean that you can't have your pup in bed with you for snuggle time it just means that your dog will know who is the leader in the home and will not just go ahead without you giving permission first. :)

I would suggest crate training until your dog is comfortable in there - it's also important for your dog to have a space of their own to lounge in. That way there is a clear, established boundary.

Good luck!

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answered 2018-09-06 21:43:40 -0600

If you are ok with the pup in your bed, that's fine, however that is not an excuse to oversleeping. :) Your dog will eventually adjust to your wake times and routines. We wake our dog about 10:30 PM to go outside before we all turn in and again wake him in the morning at 6 whether he is ready or not.

BTW - we never crated our dog but were diligent in getting him out often enough to not have an accident. Now that he is over 1 years old, he prefers to sleep on his own bed that is close to us. And yes, he is still adorable. Enjoy!

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