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Old 01-11-2020, 02:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Morning all,

So I’ve had baby Belle for about 5 days now, she is an angel.

She is doing very well and has (so far) not given me any trouble at night, she sleeps through the entire night without waking me up or any accidents (I do make sure that she relieves herself before going to bed).

However, I’ve been waking up with a stiff neck (and I’m only 29) 🤣.

The first night she spooned with me, ever since then she loves sleeping on the pillow. I have a king size bed so that’s not a problem, the problem, however, is that she’ll start off by sleeping on the pillow but somehow during the night she’ll end up nuzzling into my neck.

So every morning I wake up with baby Belle’s little body entangled in my long hair with her head resting on the crook of my neck. If I try to gently move her away, she thinks it’s time to wake up and starts giving me my good morning kisses (which basically consists of a full face wash via puppy licks).

I love her to bits and don’t want her to think that I don’t want her close, but has anybody else experienced this? Will she stop using my neck as a pillow when she’s a little older?
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just read what you posted regarding that little Belle sleeps with you. However, that really is not the safest for her or the best way for a new Puppy to sleep during the night. We too have a new Puppy and she only sleeps in her Crate during the night. I am sure that there will be others who will see you post and give you their suggestions as well.
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Well, I for one hope she doesn't!
You get to decide for you & there isn't a right or wrong---just preference. One does have to be careful w/puppies in their bed not to "squash" them. My two sleep very close to me, but sometimes I put them in the baby bed---esp. if one is "scratching" in the night as I am a very light sleeper. They stay there w/out a fuss for the most part. I know what you mean about the kisses---that is Lisi early AM. I do believe that dog can tell time! She knows to come & lick my eyelids when it is (her) time to get up! I almost always give-in & get up, take them out & feed them---then they go back to sleep in their beds on the floor & I wish I could join them---but by then I am wide awake!
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Old 01-11-2020, 11:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Obviously opinions will vary, but there are good reasons to train your new puppy to sleep in a crate away from you. As you're already learning, it's not always easy to get a good night's sleep with a dog in your bed. More importantly, if there are times you need your dog to stay with a friend or family member (because you are traveling or in the hospital), your doggie caregiver will appreciate that your dog can sleep apart from you. Lastly, just as experts recommend that human babies not sleep in bed with parents due to possible suffocation, that is a concern with puppies too.

I adore my Maltese, and every night we cuddle in bed a few minutes (and my heart kinda wants to keep her there with me), but I then put her in a crate next to our bed, and we all sleep better.

Here's a nice, balanced article you might find helpful:
http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-be...he-bed-with-me

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I just read what you posted regarding that little Belle sleeps with you. However, that really is not the safest for her or the best way for a new Puppy to sleep during the night. We too have a new Puppy and she only sleeps in her Crate during the night. I am sure that there will be others who will see you post and give you their suggestions as well.
I know what you mean, when I first brought her home I was scared of squashing her while sleeping, but her choosing the pillow made me happy.
I can’t crate train my baby, I feel like I took her from her biological family where she would sleep all nice and warm with her siblings, I can at least recreate the same feeling even though I’m the adoptive mom.
I have read on Quora about a lot of people complaining about their puppies not letting them sleep at night, mine sleeps a good 7-8 hours, maybe I’m wrong but I think that her cuddling with me keeps her comfortable all night long.
I suppose she’ll eventually stay on the pillow and stop sneaking onto my neck in the middle of the night, lol.😅😂
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Well, I for one hope she doesn't! <img src="https://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/images/smilies/HistericalSmiley.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" />
You get to decide for you & there isn't a right or wrong---just preference. One does have to be careful w/puppies in their bed not to "squash" them. My two sleep very close to me, but sometimes I put them in the baby bed---esp. if one is "scratching" in the night as I am a very light sleeper. They stay there w/out a fuss for the most part. I know what you mean about the kisses---that is Lisi early AM. I do believe that dog can tell time!<img src="https://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/images/smilies/innocent.gif" border="0" alt="" title="&#x1f607;" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/images/smilies/wub.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" /> She knows to come & lick my eyelids when it is (her) time to get up! I almost always give-in & get up, take them out & feed them---then they go back to sleep in their beds on the floor & I wish I could join them---but by then I am wide awake!<img src="https://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/images/smilies/smilie_tischkante.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" />
Oh I know what you mean, on her third day with me was the only day that she didn’t sleep 7-8 hours, she woke me up around 5 am wanting to relieve herself, so I, still sleepy put her on the floor (I’ve laid out an emergency pad on my bedroom floor.)
I woke up a couple of hours later and spent the entire day feeling strange, like something was missing.
The thing is I’d put her on the floor and fallen back off to sleep, only to wake up a couple of hours later. I got an enthusiastic good morning (jumps and a happy puppy) but no good morning kisses. I realized that it took her only two days to get me used to her morning routine, I now need those puppy licks! It’s the best alarm clock ever!!!!&#x2764;&#xfe0f;&#x2764;&#xfe0f;&#x2764;&# xfe0f;
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Obviously opinions will vary, but there are good reasons to train your new puppy to sleep in a crate away from you. As you're already learning, it's not always easy to get a good night's sleep with a dog in your bed. More importantly, if there are times you need your dog to stay with a friend or family member (because you are traveling or in the hospital), your doggie caregiver will appreciate that your dog can sleep apart from you. Lastly, just as experts recommend that human babies not sleep in bed with parents due to possible suffocation, that is a concern with puppies too.

I adore my Maltese, and every night we cuddle in bed a few minutes (and my heart kinda wants to keep her there with me), but I then put her in a crate next to our bed, and we all sleep better.

Here's a nice, balanced article you might find helpful:
http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-be...he-bed-with-me
I hadn’t given much thought to the possibility of maybe having to leave her with someone someday maybe... I’ll read the article, thanks!
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Not quite sure what you meant when you said that you can't crate train her??? re you afraid that she might not want to stay in her Crate while you are not at home with her??Where does she stay while you are away from your home??? Does she have free reign??? Or perhaps you might have an x-pen set up where she has more room to walk around???
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Not quite sure what you meant when you said that you can't crate train her??? re you afraid that she might not want to stay in her Crate while you are not at home with her??Where does she stay while you are away from your home??? Does she have free reign??? Or perhaps you might have an x-pen set up where she has more room to walk around???
I think crate training is a bit mean, but that’s only my opinion. My family and extended family have always welcomed our furry family as one of us. I mostly work from home, so I’m training her to get used to staying alone by only leaving her for fifteen minutes to start with and eventually will work my way up. I normally leave her in the foyer and kitchen so she has ample amount of room to run around in.
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Obviously opinions will vary, but there are good reasons to train your new puppy to sleep in a crate away from you. As you're already learning, it's not always easy to get a good night's sleep with a dog in your bed. More importantly, if there are times you need your dog to stay with a friend or family member (because you are traveling or in the hospital), your doggie caregiver will appreciate that your dog can sleep apart from you. Lastly, just as experts recommend that human babies not sleep in bed with parents due to possible suffocation, that is a concern with puppies too.

I adore my Maltese, and every night we cuddle in bed a few minutes (and my heart kinda wants to keep her there with me), but I then put her in a crate next to our bed, and we all sleep better.

Here's a nice, balanced article you might find helpful:
http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-be...he-bed-with-me
I hadn’t given much thought to the possibility of maybe having to leave her with someone someday maybe... I’ll read the article, thanks!
I read the article.
I can’t say I agree with their logic. Maybe my question wasn’t specific, my baby sleeps through the night.
In fact, keeping your puppy separate is what causes them distress and they end up waking up the family at night.
As for separation anxiety I’m slowly training her to get used to staying at home alone but from experience with my previous dog I’m pretty sure I won’t have problems with that, hopefully *fingers crossed*.
My main concern was her using my head and neck as a pillow, I wanted to know if she’d eventually grow out of that phase...
But thank you, I suppose we all learn from trial and error!&#x1f60a;
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