but i am disappointed in you /paul. when i looked thrrough this thread and saw you had posted, i was sure you would have said something like, "sleep with a dog? what do you think i am, an sec football player or something?" and then i was certain you would have posted a pic of those oregon girls?:)
first couple nights i subscribed to the crate thing. thought it might be dangerous for him in bed and possibly falling off. 3 nights of getting up at 2 and 4 am to whining and rattling the cage in the dark to take him outside and waking the wife. so 4th night let him sleep with us went to bed at 11 and at 7 he hadnt moved an inch. slept the whole night without a potty break. granted every night wasnt like that (never had an accident in the bed though). bonding and just letting him get comfortable in his surroundings was biggest reason id be in favor of it. after 2 weeks to a month start transitioning back to the kennel or not up to you.
from about 12 weeks old to when mine turned 1 he was in the kennel at night then our baby came and i never knew which room i was sleeping in so he transitioned to which ever bed i was in. now at 1030 he heads to the bedroom as if to say its past our bedtime lets go.
when your pup gets bigger u can save money on the heating bill. them fellas will keep u toasty. on the other hand when its dead hot part of summer he's ur worst enemy. if the lights were on when i kick him out id prolly see the saddest puppy dog face ever
and like someone else said if lardy ever had a pup i bet he would do it but seeing as his dogs are all clients dogs and dont come to him till at least 6 months old i doubt he has. although there was also an article where the editor of retriever news came to lardy's house and he heard mike yelling at Lottie cause she was blocking the door. i guess u have to be an NFC before u can sleep in the Lardy house!
My dogs are not allowed in the bed. But when I bring an 8 wk old puppy home I put him in the bed. By doing thiis I accomplish two things: 1 no noise at night; 2 house breaking is faster. They are infants and cannot hold. When they start moving I immediately take them out on the porch. Puppies eat sleep and poop. Once again as soon as I feel them moving in the bed next to me out they go. I do this for about two weeks and then out of the bed. The transition no problem and they never go back in the bed and housebreaking seems easier.
I haven't seen or read the Lardy info but I'm guessing he means in the best case scenario for socializing your puppy letting him/her bond with you as much as possible is his real intention. Course I"ve got a lot of fleas sleeping with some real dawgs back in the day.