While our roommate moved out this weekend, Ash moved back in! Well, his kennel did. It was outside all this time…we haven’t really needed it lately.
Ash really enjoys having his big kennel back though. We set it up like a comfy bed, and took out the metal floor so he sleeps on a quilt. No noise! 😀
As you can tell, there was a bowl of food between the two of them…
Successful puppy training is when you can go to bed with your puppy at the foot of your bed, and wake up to him patiently sleeping on the floor, and nothing is destroyed and there are no potty accidents in sight.
When I woke up, I went into the bathroom and Ash followed. He sat right in front of the door and waited until I said, "Outside!"
I don’t know. Would you deny someone this cute?
Most people would agree that dogs are great cuddle buddies, but this begs the question, should we allow them in our beds?
Conventional wisdom tells us that letting your dog sleep in your bed with you can cause them to believe they’re the alpha, giving them the illusion they’re in control because in bed, they (large dogs at least) are taller than you.
Currently, Ash has either Chris or I with him at home during the day. The only time he’s ever alone (in his kennel,) is when the both of us are doing errands outside of the house. We don’t let Ash roam the house while we’re here for more than 3 hours at a time. He’s always with one of us, but a lot of the time he’s also outside doing his business and playing alone, sleeping in his kennel, eating in his kennel, underneath the stairs, or lying on the floor somewhere with a toy, or even just napping. These activities are all when he’s by himself, so of course, when we lie down to sleep, we allow Ash up in our bed for a while, sometimes he’s even good enough to nap…sometimes.
Dogs take comfort in your company, just being near you.
Sleeping with your dog, and having him in your bed may have negative factors. In fact, these are quite logical.
Whether or not you’re actually allergic to pet dander, you pup goes outside to go to the bathroom, get exercise and generally just have fun. And while he’s out there, he’s exposed to a number of things you could be allergic too, not the least of which is pollen, which will stick in his fur, which he subsequently brings to the bed, which could aggravate your symptoms.
I’d rather have this. Wouldn’t you?
We’re down for the night. We’re not sure why, but each time we look inside his room, he’s in the most uncomfortable positions. He has so much room, yet he’s either there, or on his back with his head in the food bowl.
The “L” room, as we call it, is our L-shaped media room (loft) that is also coupled as the doggy play room.
It’s not closed off, so the dogs are very free to roam about, and leave when they wish. Although, when Ash was a tiny puppy, just learning his way around the room, we kept a gate up to keep him only in the L-room. He all too fast grew past that stage.
Tonight I witnessed Asher thinking this water bowl was his pool. I’m sure you can imagine the irritation, especially considering I had JUST put down a fresh towel right out of the dryer. He was digging and digging, just like you’ve seen in pool videos.
When we first brought Ashy home, he would sit in front of the mirror and look at himself. It’s because of this that we would start to put down his beds and blankets, and toys here.
When he jumps up in our bed, we have mirrors all around our bed so he will stare at himself, and prevent us from seeing the TV. It’s cute. ❤
& into the living room they go…
Camera phone quality pictures