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Bedding Question

by Michelle
(South Carolina)

Hello, I would like to take the opportunity of introducing myself as I am Michelle. I have just adopted an 8 week old Lab/Australian mix very recently (as in 1/20/11) As a first step towards getting to know some of you, I thought I would introduce myself and my beautiful little girl. I got Olivia about a week and a half to two weeks ago.

The first few days I tried crating her at night and when I was gone. Well Thursday I started letting her sleep in the bed with me because she was constantly crying out. She has been doing good. She loves to cuddle or sleep at my feet. (I also keep bedroom door shut so she can't wander the house, but she usually don't get off the bed or potty in it *knock on wood*.

Should I be letting her sleep with me this young? Is there anything wrong with this... Please let me know your Opinions (I am a first time Lab/Aust Shepard mix owner).

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it depends
by: Anonymous

Hi, nice to meet you and you pup.
It all depends, Aussies LOVE to sleep with you, at least in your room. I too, let my little guy sleep with me in the bed, but NOT everynight. I want him to be able to sleep on the floor or in his own bed just incase, I need to go away, and someone else is taking care of him for me, or should I get sick, etc., You see, why its important that is is ok either way?
The experts say its NOT good, for them to sleep in our beds because they can become too attached, and maybe even possessive.(I found this to be true with my 2 year old Chichuchua who sleeps with my 20 year old daughter; she is now trying to undo it, and its hard).
wish you the best, keep us posted how its going.

by: Anonymous

My 1st Aussie was an Aussie/lab mix. He was such a wonderful, happy boy who lived to be 14 1/2. He has been gone for several years now and I still think of him with a smile. I now have a 9 month old Aussie pup and she has slept in bed with me since she was 10 weeks old and she has been great. Now, she sleeps in her crate with the door open and a gate across the bedroom door. She is a wonderful, beautiful little girl.

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