It’s hard to believe our Bernese Mountain dog puppy is 7 months and 75 pounds.Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago she could fit on a single step.We are now faced with the issue of the puppy sleeping arrangements at night. Because of her growth spurt she is rapidly outgrowing her puppy condo. With cramped corners and her puppy ADHD I am reluctant to let her sleep with us. But that faces makes me cave faster than these brownies.
Her favorite sleeping spot during the day was under the patio chair just inches from our back door. Always within sight. That face!
At bedtime she walked (willingly) to her bed and nestled in the corner with her favorite blankies and stuffed monkey.
And, then at the beginning of the new year, her favorite bean bag chair (from her “sister) got a little snug – kind of like my jeans this time of year.
After celebrating her sixth month birthday she started to protest bedtime. Her weight and stubborn personality were her strongest negotiation tools. I had to slide her across the floor to get her within 2 feet of her wicker crate. And, sleeping in cramped quarters meant she was ready to get up earlier each morning.
So, how do you transition from crate training to potty trained puppy sleeping arrangements? She is crate trained and doesn’t have access to the upstairs at night. Because she is a puppy I don’t expect her to sleep through the night in our room. And, her cramped quarters complaints start earlier every week. One of us will cave and it will likely be me.
Update: Our friends and neighbors finally convinced us life is too short to not let our dogs sleep in our room. Chloe now sleeps on the floor next to our bed until early morning and then snuggles until one of us (me) gets moving! I woof her so much!