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Dog’s place in bed a tough rule to follow

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Updated: February 28, 2013 6:36AM



D ear Ollie: I heard about your advice column from my human grandmother who resides in Ogden Dunes. She calls me her grand-dog.

I’m a state of Virginia boy and hope you can help me as I have an unusual problem with my human parents.

They get angry at me for what I do when I crawl into their bed at night.

You see, I’m just a 2-month-old French bulldog puppy so I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong. I love to sleep between them because it’s so warm and “comfy” there.

I’m quite small and I don’t take up much room. I’m very quiet so I don’t wake them. But they just keep putting me on the floor saying, “Walter, this bed is not for dogs.”

Don’t you just love the name they gave me? I feel so rejected that I want to cry. But I’m single-minded and I don’t give up. Unfortunately, neither do they.

So, Ollie, please help me convince them I really need their bed and I will sleep in my own bed when I get older.

Sincerely, Walter

Dear Walter: Uh oh ... once in the bed, always in the bed, and I should know.

Trainers like author Gerilyn Bielakiewicz recommend that no dogs should ever be on the beds or furniture. Young dogs should sleep in a crate or in their own bed — not in bed with the human master. “The humans’ bed is the highest, most special place in the house and should be reserved for humans only,” she says. Nice try.

Dogs see this issue quite differently. They see the bed as a den, sanctuary or retreat. A dog feels safe with his or her humans and the humans, no doubt, feel protected to some extent.

I have always slept with my human parents and so do the other four dogs.

We are small, bathed regularly and are “flea less” not be confused with fearless, and it’s great they have a king-size bed.

We are all housebroken and know our special spot in the bed and sleep only there. We are all older and sleep through the night with the exception of Opie Taylor, who occasionally jumps off the bed in pursuit of a squeaky toy.

So there it is. I have heard humans say the rhythm of a dog breathing while sleeping can be very comforting.

My human parents have a friend named Sharon who raises dogs. She has five. When asked where her dogs sleep, she said three sleep in the bed. Two, she said, sleep in crates on either side of the bed — with the crates also serving as end tables.

I am interested in hearing about who wins the battle of the bed at your house, Walter. You, a comical little guy with bat-like ears and a pug nose, are really just too cute to turn away from the bed.

I believe your humans have already lost the battle. Am I right?



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