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    Default Mike Lardy... surely you jest!

    OK... I'm starting in on Volume I of Training with Mike Lardy. Puppy probably going to be born the end of September. So, I'm reading and taking notes and focusing on every word. First column of page 2, paragraph 2

    " The first night or two at home, it's best to keep the pup right in bed with you."

    Seriously????

    I get it that you keep the pup very near by... In the past, I've put new puppies on a fluffy blanket and a short leash tied to the leg of the head of the bed about 3 feet from my face.

    But in my bed? I don't think so.

    (I didn't even take my own kids into bed with me. I hardly think I'll do it with a puppy. The kids turned out OK... BTW.)

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    I did the first couple nights! He would sleep like a log between me and my wife!

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    One thing I always said was that I loved dogs but I never wanted one in the bed with me. After 4 solid hours of squalling his first night home, my boy curled nicely around the top of my head and went right to sleep.
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    Let him sleep at your side with his head against your neck for about 2 weeks. Call me when he gets his FC...

    I guess at some point I might have read that from Mike. I don't remember reading it but, I've always thought it a good idea. It's very natural, just watch nearly any two dogs together and see how they sleep.
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    Mine has gotten into a habit of sneeking in bed with me after I go to sleep.
    Wifey couldn't resist taking some pics when she came to bed.
    I think it makes the bond better.

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    In a crate next to my bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard N View Post
    In a crate next to my bed.
    Thank you for a reasonable approach........

    Just remember when that 8 wk old pup wakes up during the night sleeping next to you in bed, he'll just pee on you and go right back to sleep..........
    David Didier, GA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard N View Post
    In a crate next to my bed.
    Me too. Often will let pup doze off in bed then slip her into the crate. Of course I like puppy breath. Kinda a softee that way.
    I have learned I need these dogs much more than they need me. Tim Bockmon

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1tulip View Post
    " The first night or two at home, it's best to keep the pup right in bed with you."
    Brings to mind advice from my father "son don't do what I do, do what I say do".

    Wondering how many 8 week old puppies Mike has slept with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdA View Post
    Brings to mind advice from my father "son don't do what I do, do what I say do".

    Wondering how many 8 week old puppies Mike has slept with?
    Well... that was what I was wondering. Pro's don't make money training their own dogs, so they probably don't have many 8 week old puppies around at any one time.

    Ran this question past the hubby. He thinks it's a great idea. Not sure how I feel about that.

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