Do or Don’t: Dogs in the Bed

In the past month or so, my quality of sleep has gone wayyyy down. I wake up feeling grumpy and groggy, and at first, I was blaming it on this whole winter thing, but then…FOREHEAD SMACK. I realized what the issue was. Is.

Juniper has started sneaking into my bed in the middle of the night, while I’m fast asleep, and I’m being jolted awake multiple times by paw-punches to the face. This dog does not curl up peacefully at the foot of my bed. She is a furry second grader with running dreams. She takes my spot and highjacks my pillow, and best of all: she prefers sleeping with her face pressed up against mine. I literally wake up gasping for breath. If this sounds cute I would love to offer you a night with my dog. Come get her any time.

Anyway, last night, I decided to ferberize her ass. I put her in her kennel in the living room, draped a blanket over her, and turned off the lights. I got into bed, sprawled out, and for fifteen minutes, enjoyed complete silence. This is so easy! I thought. Why didn’t I do this sooner?!

Let’s just say it didn’t work out. She cried for two hours. TWO HOURS. It wasn’t guilt that sent me over the edge, it was severe irritation (ok, and maybe a tiny bit of guilt). When I finally let her back into my room, she was so grateful that she collapsed on her bed and didn’t even try to sneak into mine. So…success…for now? I have a sinking feeling that I haven’t completely fixed the problem.

Do you sleep with your pet? Cats are one thing…but beasts are another.

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

(see all my other do or don’ts here).

3 thoughts on “Do or Don’t: Dogs in the Bed

  1. I let my dog up onto my bed twice just after he turned one (when I was awake, mind you), and instantly realized he could never share my bed. He sleeps PERPENDICULAR to me and forces me off the bed! And, unfortunately, he also barks at things that go bump in the night when he’s out of his crate, so he still sleeps there for now. He’s pretty happy about it, though. It might just take time (and bribes, maybe? I always put Sirius in with a snack) to get Juniper used to sleeping in her crate at night, if that’s what you want!

  2. It’s so hard! I have totally been there with previous dogs. Our two current pups will sneak in the bed from time to time (they know they are supposed to stay at the foot of the bed although that doesn’t necc. stop them from trying to inch towards the pillows if they can.) That said, we have two dog beds right next to our bed. We have a nightly routine so they are accustomed to go right to their beds when we come upstairs. It works well because they feel like they are still with the pack, very near, but aren’t right up in our grill ruining our rest. 😉 In fact, we even found our one was crying when we left them with friends because she was in the other room at night. We told them about moving her bed next to theirs and she stopped crying. Good luck!

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