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      Is it bad to let a 2 month old lab to sleep in my bed next to me?

      Hello again, i've made a post before in this same section, talking about my new black lab puppie. It's only his first day in our family, but he really seems like he got used to us! He also pees alot less in the house haha. Im really taking care of him, I wake up every morning at 6 a.m and watch him through the whole day. But anyway, just wanted to ask what you think about letting my young pup sleep in my bed? Problem is, he just wants to be with me, and also, if he is on the ground, he just takes a nap and starts playing around again. And also, he still pees quite alot, and I don't want him to pee in my room in the middle of the night(even though im ok with it, lol). Could you give me any tips on how I could make him used to sleeping on the ground through the night? THANKS!!

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      Consider giving him his own bed and/or a crate, much has been written here on crate training.
      Good luck with your new pup.

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      The crate is much safer. We adopted out a 5 mo old who, in his new home, got his leg caught in the bed frame and sustained a horrible spiral fracture into the growth plate. Get him used to the crate or plastic carrier for naps during the day. This helps with teething incidents later, as he will grow big enough to chew through wires and walls very soon.

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      I would put him in a crate right by your side of your bed for now. I would not do this, non of my dogs are allowed in the bedroom till we got gigi. She does sleep in her crate in the bedroom. I would like to change it once she gets older.But when she got belly problem, i used a baby gate to set up the crate and the gate to create a pen where she can get out and poop at the other end on newspaper. You do not have a diarrhea pup on your bed i am sure. also she got scared and expressed her anal glands...that is a very skunk experience.

      my friends rotti pup jumped from the bed and broke his leg. cost him close to 2k and a few surgery as the growth plates and growth rate makes bone cast tough.

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      If he is still being house trained, I highly advise he remain in his crate at night. A puppy will not eliminate (unless it is an emergency) in a properly sized crate because they see it as their house or den. They will wake you up with their cries and whining before eliminating in their crate. In a bed, there is plenty of room for them to run over to the edge, pee, and then snuggle back in with you.

      Also, there may be times in the future that you don't want your future full grown lab to sleep in bed with you. You want to teach your dog that being on the bed is a privilege, not a right.

      My dog almost always sleeps on my bed, but there are times that I don't want him to (maybe I just cleaned the sheets and want clean sheets for once ). I wish that I had instilled in him at a younger age my above advice. Instead, I have to gate off his dog bed because otherwise he will hop up on the bed in the middle of the night.
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      while I completely echo the above, but also - do you want a FULL GROWN labrador in your bed? If not you need to set the rules now. It will be that much harder to retrain him on a new routine later.
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      I wouldn't let him sleep on the bed yet. As others said he could very easily jump down in the middle of the night and they shouldn't be jumping down at this age, steps, those kinds of things. This has been proven through medical studies to cause them to have joint problems later in life. So I would wait.

      Now that being said what I did at that age. Crate training but I got a crate that was small and open in the top. I put the crate right next to my bed. This way when he got to stirring at night I could just put a hand in the crate and pet him. This was enough to quiet him down. Then this is where he slept for about 2 weeks until he was fully potty trained. Then I slowly night by night moved the crate away about an inch or two. When he was older I started leaving the crate door open at night this way it was his choice where he slept. Then eventually when he was about 8-9 months I replaced the crate with a bed. Dogs will roam at night, they also need a place of their own they can go to when they fell they need to be alone, like when they are sick or not feeling well or just tired pretty much the same as people.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
      while I completely echo the above, but also - do you want a FULL GROWN labrador in your bed? If not you need to set the rules now. It will be that much harder to retrain him on a new routine later.
      Could be the best advice here.

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      I wouldn't let him sleep on the bed yet. As others said he could very easily jump down in the middle of the night and they shouldn't be jumping down at this age, steps, those kinds of things. This has been proven through medical studies to cause them to have joint problems later in life. So I would wait.

      Now that being said what I did at that age. Crate training but I got a crate that was small and open in the top. I put the crate right next to my bed. This way when he got to stirring at night I could just put a hand in the crate and pet him. This was enough to quiet him down. Then this is where he slept for about 2 weeks until he was fully potty trained. Then I slowly night by night moved the crate away about an inch or two. When he was older I started leaving the crate door open at night this way it was his choice where he slept. Then eventually when he was about 8-9 months I replaced the crate with a bed. Dogs will roam at night, they also need a place of their own they can go to when they fell they need to be alone, like when they are sick or not feeling well or just tired pretty much the same as people.
      You can get as anal over stuff as you want.
      Rocco has been jumping on and off stuff since he came home without problems.
      Possible? sure, many things are possible.
      Find your comfort level.

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      Opie and the chihuahuas do not get on the bed or furniture. The chihuahuas had crates and Opie had a pad on the floor next to me . He got jealous and I built him an area by the chihuahuas. He seems to be happier.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bernie View Post
      You can get as anal over stuff as you want.
      Rocco has been jumping on and off stuff since he came home without problems.
      Possible? sure, many things are possible.
      Find your comfort level.
      It's generally recommended that puppies not jump down from a height such as a bed, porch, patio, up a few steps, etc while their bones are still developing, because it can lead to traumatic damage in elbows or damage at the growth plates. Will it happen for certain? No. Surgery for fractured coronoid process in the elbow, broken bones, and treatment for arthritis can be very expensive. If you let your puppy jump down from a height because you don't know any better that's different than knowing it's a risk and allowing it anyway. Count me among those who don't let my dogs jump down from heights when they are young, as recommended by my breeders.

      And to Introverse, welcome! I don't know if crates are commonly used in Lithuania or not- you'll have to let us know! My puppies do not sleep in bed with us because I don't let them sleep in the bed as adults. Plus, I'd rather clean up a mess on the floor or in a crate over having to change my own bedding in the middle of the night for a puppy who is not fully housetrained. There are some who claim to be light enough sleepers that if the puppy starts stirring around in the middle of the night, it's their cue to jump up and take them outside to use the bathroom. My preference is to train them to sleep in a small crate beside my bed and if not using a crate, a small confined area nearby, preferably with a floor that is easily cleaned. And yes, many puppies cry loudly for a few nights after coming home, maybe because they feel alone and scared in a strange new place. That's how many pups end up in bed with their owner. They do learn to sleep quietly and safely on the floor or in a crate but it may take several days for that to happen.

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