where to sleep?

Posted by Kai
Jan 6, 2008
Hi again! So I'm working with Lucy on the nipping/biting and are having some success in that everytime she bites, I ignore her and then try again. Will keep doing it until she gets it She's also responding well to the "sit" command and I use this a lot. She will wait for her food, in front of an open door and for her toys. I've only had her for 2 weeks, so it's still all very new to the both of us.

I would like to get some advice with regard to her sleeping place. I read that a dog should sleep in the same room as you as this will make her feel part of and close to the pack. I have no prolem in her sleeping with me in the room, but at the moment she is still eating everything around her. I live in a small 3 bedroom apartment and my bedroom is about 5 meters away from the dining area where she's sleeping now. I got her a nice big cage ( 1m x 1m) and put a bed inside with some blankets, a pillow and a few toys. She's used to it I guess as she'll go and mess around there or take a nap whenever she wants. I put her to bed around 11:00 pm and at the moment she still wakes up to relief herself around 2 and 4 am. I don't always hear her and then she'll go in the little newspaper basket in front of her bed. I also leave a little night light on in the living room and my bedroom door is open although she can't see me. Most nights after I've taken her out she'll cry/bark when put back in the cage. I ignore her and she'll go back to sleep. I do feel terrible about her being alone there, so I would like to know if it's OK to keep her there and if she'll be able to join me in the bedroom once she's a little older and better housetrained.
Kind regards. Kai
Posted by Todd
Jan 6, 2008
Hi Kai

It is good to hear things are going well with Lucy, you will be very pleased. Keep up the good work
As for the sleeping issue. This isn't really a major problem and i'm sure either way she will be fine. If you don't want the hassle of a mess in your bedroom then leave her where she is. The only problem with having them in your room as it can sometimes give them an elevated sense of their level in the pack so watch out for that.
But for me either way would be fine. Good luck

Kind Regards
Todd Field