Discussion Post: Where Did/Does Your Dog Sleep?

As I carried Albie Dog in to the bedroom with me last night, my parents and I started talking about where their dogs slept when they were little. Surprisingly, everyone had different answers.

My father’s dog slept under his bed when he was a boy. Not on the bed or beside the bed, under it. My Mom and her brother traded off nights with their family dog, and the dog would be on the bed with them, under the covers. Which surprises them to look back on, because she was a farty dog, and you wouldn’t think having her under the covers with you would be such a treat.

When I was a kid, our dog was on Night Patrol. She would sleep in little short stretches, then tour the house checking on everything and settle down in a new spot. No burglar, or small child escaping their bedroom, could get past her.

Albie Dog at my apartment sleeps on the couch in the living room most nights while I sleep in the bedroom. At my parents’, he sleeps in the room with me, but not by choice. I pick him up and set him down every night in our room and then close the door to trap him (otherwise, he goes and pants in my father’s face at 5am). He does settle down fast though, definite attitude of “oh well, I guess I am sleeping in here then.”

Where do your dogs sleep?

11 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Where Did/Does Your Dog Sleep?

  1. At night, in his crate, which is on the main floor in the kitchen. We sleep upstairs in the bedroom. We have a little doggie camera that alerts us when he wakes up. But generally, he wakes up when we do. During the day, he generally sleeps in various spots in the kitchen and living room. He seems to have 4-5 favorite spots that I think he has picked very strategically – over a vent that blows cool air, next to the dining room table so he can chew on the table leg without us noticing, next to the side door so he can run out quickly and pee, by the fireplace so no one can disturb him by brushing him or cleaning his eyes.

    Now question for you, since Albie Dog sleeps in your bedroom, does this mean he wakes you up every day at 5:00 am? I’m a morning person but that would wear on me quickly!

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    • He does. He cutely paws at my sleeping body while I play possum until he gives up and we both try to go back to sleep. It’s not the best.

      On the other hand, no need for an alarm clock!

      Right now, Albie Dog has found the exact spot on the floor where the space heater is blowing and is very happy. It’s only 75 degrees here, probably other dogs just survive without space heaters in this kind of weather, but Albie Dog is very spoiled and likes to be warm.

      On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 11:13 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. My lab mix, Gus, has 2 dog beds in the living room (altho he prefers the sofa) a bed in one of the guest rooms (for when he wants to be alone) and 3 beds in my bedroom. He usually starts out in my bedroom then will do a little sleeping around. Unless there is thunder. The he flops across my face and neck for comfort. I’m not sure how my not being able to breath soothes him….I know that it amuses my 2 cats.

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    • I was going to make fun of you for all the beds, but I am pretty sure I would have the same number of Albie Dog didn’t eat them all. So instead he has blankets, and at this point there is just a sea of dog blankets on the floor of most rooms I am in.

      Not sure if I have mentioned this before, but when it thunders Albie Dog farts. The last time we had a really bad storm, the smell woke me up before the thunder. Honestly, I might prefer him climbing up on my face.

      On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 8:29 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Snowy sleeps at the foot of my bed, I sometimes have to shuffle her off my feet. If I’m away she’ll sleep on someone else’s bed.

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    • does she need a person in the bed? Or does she just like the bed?

      On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 9:45 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • If I’m in the bed she’s on the bed. She’s a bit of a pain, 15 years old and doesn’t have the oomph in her back legs that she used to. So if she hops off the bed for whatever reason she then carries on to be lifted on to the bed again.

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        • Meanwhile, my little 2 year old dog can do a vertical leap at least one full body length higher. But he doesn’t get on the bed at all. I am really hoping that mental block of “ooo, I’m not able to get up there” continues.

          On Sat, Jun 13, 2020 at 12:40 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • She also has a little bed in the family room and curls up in that if I’m watching TV or something (or lies on the rug). In the room where I have my computer she can hop on to another chair via a footstool.

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        • Every once in a while I think “what did dogs do in the wild? Find natural tree stumps shaped like sofas or something?” And then I think, “dogs aren’t supposed to be in the wild! A millennium of breeding dedicated to making them sofa animals”.

          On Sat, Jun 13, 2020 at 12:42 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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