to ask whereabouts your dog sleeps?

(66 Posts)
ohhifruit Wed 19-Feb-14 20:01:27

We have 3 dogs and we live in a flat, don't worry it has a good sized garden, they're not trapped in a flat all day.
They sleep in the hallway which is in the centre of the flat, meaning we can hear them in the mornings when they start 'asking' to go out (they don't bark they just whine and bang their crate but I imagine they would bark if left for longer than 5 mins) and their crate is out of the way. The time they wake up varies and can be from 6am to 9am.
Obviously because they are close by we can hear them (even though both of us have only partial hearing), we have the chance to leap out of bed and let them out to the garden for the loo without disturbing neighbours.

Where on earth do you keep dogs within your house so they don't wake the neighbours early in the morning? Our (hopefully if it the purchase goes well) new house is an end terrace, so we will only have neighbours on one side however I don't want to annoy them with our dogs.

They sleep in one crate together and see it as their little haven, they struggle to sleep overnight without the crate. There is no room whatsoever on the upstairs landing for their crate and I'd rather not have them in bedrooms, especially as we will soon have a newborn in with us.
Downstairs there is no obvious spot other than a utility room or conservatory (will a conservatory be too hot/cold?) which are both as far away from our bedroom as we can get.

Where do you keep your dogs and can you hear them?

I know this is a totally overcautious and probably wet thread but I just want us to be good neighbours in our first house.

ohhifruit Wed 19-Feb-14 20:02:06

Oops should have added my friend thinks I'm crazy to even care which is what prompted me to ask.

MrsMoon76 Wed 19-Feb-14 20:06:18

How big is the crate? Do you have a second bedroom the crate could go in for now?

Our doggie sleeps on his own bed in our bedroom blush and has an early morning wee outside when DH gets u about 6. He then goes back to bed. He takes after me and hates mornings.

cathpip Wed 19-Feb-14 20:08:18

Mine share a bed in the utility and I let them out at 7.30. The back door is left open and utility door is kept closed, my dogs don't bark and neighbour whose bedroom overlooks our garden has never complained (believe me he is the first to complain about anything!) a conservatory is fine in the winter as you can place a blanket over 3 sides of the crate to make it a nice warm cave, but a conservatory in the summer will be far too hot, even overnight. Oh and no we can't hear them smile

squoosh Wed 19-Feb-14 20:08:31

I don't have a dog but my parents dog sleeps in a basket in the utility room. She takes herself off to bed at 10pm on the dot every night.

Our dogs over the decades have always slept in the kitchen. Warm and safe, hard easily cleaned floor in case of accidents, no soft furnishings to chew, and on the ground floor to protect their sleeping owners upstairs from intruders!

WhentheRed Wed 19-Feb-14 20:09:49

My dog sleeps in a crate in the laundry room. We don't close the door fully because the room is a warm one. We can hear the dog if necessary.

We live in a detached house so we aren't concerned about the neighbours, but we do want to minimize the noise in the house during the night.

I think you would be fine with your utility room. You likely already know when your dogs are likely to need to go out.

ShadowOfTheDay Wed 19-Feb-14 20:11:13

Ours sleeps on the sofa in the living room... he was crated to start with, but gradually allowed a bit more freedom as he became trustworthy... he is now 2 .... he is still asleep when I get up at 7..

SelectAUserName Wed 19-Feb-14 20:12:36

SelectASpaniel sleeps in a dog bed in the sitting/dining room. In our old house this was against the end terrace wall, our new house is a mid-terrace so it is a party wall. He doesn't whine to go out though; one of us gets up at 6.00am religiously to take him out, even if we go back to bed for a bit afterwards (at weekends).

If early-morning dog noise might be a problem for your neighbours, could you set your alarm for ten minutes before their earlier wake-up time - so 5.50am - so you're waking them up to take them out rather than waiting for them to wake up and start whining or banging?

NCISaddict Wed 19-Feb-14 20:16:39

Mine sleeps in his crate in the kitchen. I would imagine with a new baby you'll be up early anyway which will minimise the noise, at least from the dogs, noise from the baby might be a different matter!

SelectAUserName Wed 19-Feb-14 20:18:47

Whoops sorry, missed the bit about the newborn - you'll probably be up early enough to let them out before they start making any noise anyway!

Lozcat86 Wed 19-Feb-14 20:19:28

Ours sleeps in our bedroom on a bed on the floor or on DHs clothes he has left on the floor...smile and our DD is in her cot in the room too. Crowded! Lol

Quixo Wed 19-Feb-14 20:20:34

Depending on the size of your dogs, could you install a dog-flap? Say the back door was accessible from somewhere like the kitchen or a back utility sort of room, they could sleep in there and take themselves out when they need to?

MissPlumBroughtALadder Wed 19-Feb-14 20:23:06

Just put in a dog door so that the can take themselves in and out.

purplemurple1 Wed 19-Feb-14 20:23:38

On an old sofa cushion in the dining room (downstairs) he also whines to go out in the mornings but can wait if needed and doesn't bark. The dining room is at the bottom of the stairs and we leave doors open so we can hear him. Would a baby monitor work for you to hear your dogs?

ohhifruit Wed 19-Feb-14 20:24:50

A dog flap, now there's an idea. Do they work?
A baby monitor is a good idea as is setting the alarm but 5.50? cry.

purplemurple1 Wed 19-Feb-14 20:27:04

With my newborn at least 550 was almost lunch time!

Quixo Wed 19-Feb-14 20:43:03

My dog will go out the flap, but won't come back in. Dumb mutt has been sitting outside in the rain for ages a few times before I've noticed! But, I am sure most dogs when shown will happily go in and out. I know a couple who do anyway. Make sure the garden is secure, for them getting out but also from anyone who might come in.

HotPanda Wed 19-Feb-14 20:49:38

My 2 sleep in the lounge (behind a baby gate).
We have laminate flooring so we can hear "clack clacking" of claws when they start moving about. If we miss that we generally get 1 bark to wake us. We naturally wake before they do though, assuming we have chucked them out for a last wee about 11pm

ohhifruit Wed 19-Feb-14 20:50:00

Don't remind me of the waking hours of the newborn phase. I've tried bury of the previous memories of DC screeching in favour of remembering only their lovely peach skin and sweet sleepy sighs.
Am deluded and happy with it.

Shall investigate dog flap and see if utility room can work perhaps with some kind of listening device.

Thank you!

zeezeek Wed 19-Feb-14 20:52:17

The biggest one of ours sleeps at the bottom of our bed, the (slightly) smaller middle one sleeps on the floor of DD1's room and the third (quite small) one sleeps on the floor in our room.

We live in a terrace, but it's Victorian so the walls are thick - but still - 3 dogs and 2 kids, sometimes there's noise. Luckily the neighbours either don't hear it or are understanding.

In fact two kids make at least 5 times as much noise as the mutts!

HelgatheHairy Wed 19-Feb-14 21:09:53

He used to sleep in the kitchen but when he got a bit older we left him free to sleep wherever he wanted. He alternates between his bed in the living room, the sofa, the hallway floor and then after DH gets up he takes his spot in the bed.

MaitlandGirl Wed 19-Feb-14 21:13:49

Our dogs are both crated overnight, the little one (who lives with us) sleeps under the breakfast bar (open plan house) and the big one (who lives with the inlaws) sleeps in their lounge.

We don't like them left out overnight as they get up to mischief but when FIL is out with the SES MIL lets the big one sleep in their bedroom for extra security.

Jinty64 Wed 19-Feb-14 21:14:00

Samuel sleeps in his basket in the utility room separated from the kitchen by a baby gate (only at night). He is a good sleeper and does not rise until the rest of the family are up and ready to take him out. Which is more than can be said for the children.

Cobain Wed 19-Feb-14 21:21:24

My dog is a chewer so needs to be crated, he sleeps under the stairs (a bit like Harry potter ) I have a curtain across the opening as whilst it dark he tends not to whine till we get up at 7.

theeternalstudent Wed 19-Feb-14 21:28:52

My dog sleeps in the bed with me.
I need to wake her up in the morning to go out for a walk. She would happily stay in bed until 11am if I'd let her!
She is old mind.

Haveacwtch Wed 19-Feb-14 21:31:02

I've got two dogs who are now six. They sleep in my husbands office downstairs in a crate. It's a large one. They have done this since pups. We don't even shut the door anymore and they still don't come out until we go in usually between 7 and 8.

Logg1e Wed 19-Feb-14 21:37:51

We have two golden retrievers. One sleeps at the foot of our bed, the other moves around during the night and sleeps in one of the children's rooms or on the landing and checks in with us.

I personally don't agree with cages for dogs.

babybythesea Wed 19-Feb-14 21:37:54

Downstairs. Wherever she wants. She has free run downstairs - there's nothing to stop her coming up but she's not allowed upstairs so she just doesn't come up. She's not allowed on furniture either so she sleeps on the floor. The only time she's ever come up was when she needed a wee and got so desperate she came to find me. Apart from that, she doesn't get up until we do.

phlebasconsidered Wed 19-Feb-14 21:40:31

I never even realised this was an issue, our lab /cocker cross had a crate as a puupy, but since 6 mths has slept in the utility room in his "pit" with blankies and bed. He gets up after I do at 6! He never begs to go out, in fact we have to force him if it's damp, he's a champion "holder", can leave it till lunchtime if it's raining!

KittensoftPuppydog Wed 19-Feb-14 21:44:00

In my bed, which is handy when she needs to wake me up at 3.30 to go out...
She is old though, and doesn't bark, just waggles her ears.

BrennanHasAMangina Wed 19-Feb-14 21:46:18

Ours sleep on our bed. They never wake us up. Ever. I'll let you think about that one smile.

Boaby Wed 19-Feb-14 21:50:44

Our wee dog has a bed in the living room & has the run of the living room and upstairs & downstairs hall. He doesn't wake up until about 10 on weekends (we're so lucky) but when he's awake he's full on all the time.

He barks during the day at the postie/window cleaner/cats passing the window but soon gets bored & goes off to cause havoc somewhere else.

pist Wed 19-Feb-14 21:55:57

In our bed. I make him go out when I get dcs up at7 then he hurries back to bed. He doesn't do mornings and can happily lie in until gone 11. He's a real teenager!

Amy106 Wed 19-Feb-14 22:13:12

Our dear old dog is free to sleep wherever he wants in the house but seems to like the warmth of the kitchen so we ended up putting his dog bed in there. Most mornings he is still fast asleep when we get up to take him for a walk.

Mine has the run of the house, apart from ds's room as he likes his door closed at night. She never moves from the half landing on the stairs though and has a bladder of steel so never, ever wakes me up to go out! I've always been pretty lucky as none of the dogs I've had have been wanderers during the night, or early risers!

randomfemale Wed 19-Feb-14 22:19:48

My dog has her own 'official' bed but as we also have four cats she can seldom get on it, therefore she sleeps on either the sofa in the kitchen/diner or the sofa in the lounge. We are detached but if she needs the loo she does a kind of high pitched 'yip' rather than a full on bark so no neighbours are disturbed smile

PansOnFire Wed 19-Feb-14 22:25:31

In the kitchen in her bed, she has to be forced to go outside (especially in cold weather or rain) when we go downstairs at 7am. She rarely wakes us up but we can always hear her snoring so we know her barking would wake us. She's like me smile.

VeryStressedMum Wed 19-Feb-14 22:25:42

She sleeps wherever she wants though the kitchen door and sitting room door is shut at night. She's got a bed in the hall but usually sleeps on the landing upstairs or in one if the dcs rooms.
She never wakes up before me in the morning, or maybe she does, I'm asleep I have no idea what she's doing..but she waits until I'm up before asking to go out.

ThatBloodyWoman Wed 19-Feb-14 22:26:20

Mine sleeps on my bed and goes out the cat flap for a wee.He is supposed to sleep in his bed, but he's no bother and I like him on my bed.

I wouldn't shut my dog in a crate in normal circumstances.There would have to be a good safety reason for me to do that.

VeryStressedMum Wed 19-Feb-14 22:27:02

And she never barks so I can't help you with tips there either sorry.

BitsinTatters Wed 19-Feb-14 22:35:17

Those of you who share your beds with your furry friends,don't they make your bed filthy... my labradors would make my bed disgusting. They are hairy and muddy and wet and ewwwwww

maddy68 Wed 19-Feb-14 22:44:48

My dog and three cats all sleep in bed with me and oh and I wouldn't have it any other way smile

ThatBloodyWoman Wed 19-Feb-14 22:45:14

My dog is only little and he doesn't go yomping through the fields directly before bed!

He smells a bit doggified but I like that.....

guffaw Wed 19-Feb-14 22:55:58

'Most-beloved-of-all-dogs' starts off in her own (luxury doggy) bed, under her mini-doggy-duvet, in our bedroom.

About 30 mins after lights out, she tiptoes over to our bed - if one of us is still awake, she gets sent back to bed (wooden floors so we hear her 'trip-trap')

Once we are asleep, or if she gets onto our bed before we are aware of it, (she just 'freezes', if we say 'back to bed', until we give up) she creeps under our duvet in slow motion, until fully esconsed behind my knees grin after which we battle over the 'edge of the bed' (aka the cool bit) while dp sleeps 'peacefully' on ... in the very slim bit of bed left to him grin

'most-beloved-of-all-dogs' is still young enough to control her bladder until we're up, and sleeps as long as we do, (or until the postman comes, triggering outraged barking of the 'git orf moi laynd' sort from 'm-b-o-a-d'

disclaimer - we have a very healthy, regularly wormed and flea-prevented m-b-o-a-d, and change our bedding every day, (mostly due to my menopausal symptoms, - rather than sharing the bed with m-b-o-a-d blush )

TeenageAdvice15 Wed 19-Feb-14 22:56:28

I live in a flat as well - no garden but we manage. My dog has a bed in my DD's room which is just a folded up duvet with his favourite blanket on top, he hates 'official' dog beds and much prefers the sofa or an actual bed. Sometimes he sleeps on DD bed.

MintyChops Wed 19-Feb-14 22:58:17

One sleeps on the sofa in the sitting room, has the run of downstairs and takes himself out the dog flap whenever he needs a pee. The other sleeps in her crate (brought into the sitting room every night) and is taken out for a pee at 7.30 every morning. She never pees in her crate but if left to roam freely at night she leaves a turd or pee by the front door despite happily using the dog flap all day. It's as though the nighttime steals her memory!!

yesyestisme Wed 19-Feb-14 23:07:12

My dog has 2 doggie beds but rarely uses them. He is currently in my bed curled up behind my knees and snoring!! smile

DizzyBlonde80 Wed 19-Feb-14 23:09:17

She sleeps right outside our bedroom door. It makes going for a wee interesting when I'm half asleep!

Logg1e Thu 20-Feb-14 05:56:43

Bits I can only speak for our house, but when the dogs get wet and muddy, we clean and dry them - you can't leave them wet and muddy!

But they do smell doggy.

nooka Thu 20-Feb-14 06:11:22

Our dog sleeps in the spare bedroom next to us on a bit of a princess and the pea bed (newest bed on top of a heap of old ones!). He loves his sleep and generally only wakes us up if he's got a tummy upset or if the cats bring something in/play with something outside his window.

I would expect that your neighbours are more likely to be woken by the new baby, but I'd make sure the dogs crate is downstairs and on the non-adjoining side of the house if you can.

goldopals Thu 20-Feb-14 06:22:54

In a crate in a kitchen

Tulip26 Thu 20-Feb-14 06:33:19

Crate in the dining room. He's too old for the crate at three, really. However I am in a rental propertly and he's destructive. I've had to replace doors, floors and door frames before. Not to mention cushions, fluffly dog beds...

steff13 Thu 20-Feb-14 06:46:51

Daisy sleeps on our bed. If I get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, she will be on my pillow when I come back. shock

In kitchen, door closed (standard dog basket with blankets). We'd hear him bark, but wouldn't her him whine I don't think. But I don't think he would ever do that anyway, he seems to lie patiently in bed until we go down there (anytime between 6 and 8) to start they day. He's always quiet and in bed when we go down.

LtEveDallas Thu 20-Feb-14 06:58:41

MuttDog has the run of the house, although her bed is actually in the alcove under the stairs.

She's not allowed on the bed

<<Goes upstairs, sees MuttDog curled up with DD in bed, goes blind, comes back downstairs to MN>>

Coumarin Thu 20-Feb-14 07:06:23

He has a 'proper' bed in the utility room. It's underneath the work surface so feels like a little den.
He also has another bed which is in the dining room. The kitchen, utility and dining room are open plan so he has free run of the three rooms at night. He sleeps in both beds equally. Although favours the 'proper' bed if he's unwell or extra tired.

He's usually snoring when we come down in the morning. Particularly in Winter. Has to be made to go out for a pee if it's spitting slightly or a bit chilly. He's a delicate soul. grin
(We're talking a fairly large terrier here.)

VivaLeBeaver Thu 20-Feb-14 07:09:06

On dd's bed.

He has his own bed on the floor in her room and starts off there but I know he jumps up.

Sushiqueen Thu 20-Feb-14 07:14:32

In the extra utility room. Basically it is her room and now only has her stuff in. She has a dog flap but we shut that at night otherwise she would be out barking at the birds etc. barks to be let out around 6.30 if we haven't already done so.

Sceptimum Thu 20-Feb-14 07:25:27

Our dog now sleeps upstairs in the study next to our room. My childhood dog slept in the utility but was a quiet dog. Maybe consider buying a cheap baby monitor so you can hear them? We tried it ours out on the dog before Childzilla arrived.

SillyTilly123 Thu 20-Feb-14 09:57:53

Ddog changes between my bed, and hers on my bedroom floor. I usually wake for the loo myself around 1-2am so let her out then if she needs it. If, miraculusly, I dont need the loo but she does, she just paces from the bed to the door until I get up (im a light sleeper so this wakes me even though its carpet)

diddl Thu 20-Feb-14 10:08:36

Do they whine because they're bored or desperate for a wee?

My dog doesn't get agitated untill about 11am!

wfrances Thu 20-Feb-14 10:29:57

our dog sleeps in the kitchen, she doesn t bark
dh gets up for work at 5 ish so if she needs a wee she goes out then if not I let her out again 7.30 when I get up.
on the very rare occasion she has needed a wee in the night ive heard her pacing up and down in the kitchen (on the tiled floor)so have let her out.

Aussiemum78 Thu 20-Feb-14 10:50:29

Outside. In a kennel.

Except for 1-2 times a year when it gets below 10 degrees and we let them be smelly inside.

villagegossip Thu 20-Feb-14 15:09:11

They have a corner sofa in our bedroom grin

Would never restrict them from having the run of the house and they have a dog flap also so can let themselves into the garden if needed but as I take them out for their last walk between 9pm and midnight and up and out with them again at half 6 for their 1st walk they rarely need to.

Sorry but I would not personally want to crate them or shut outside. Each to their own and all that but DP and I love having them nearby.

Also, a previous dog of mine woke me when a small fire started in the kitchen - dread to think what would have happened if he had been shut in there or unable to nudge me sad

nostress Thu 20-Feb-14 15:26:07

My two are in a crate in utility room. They go out at 7pm then sleep through to 7am. They never cry or whine. Accept if they have been crated and someone arrives etc. I wish they would whine if they really needed to go out as one messes the cage if he's ill. Now if he's ill I dont crate him and I sleep on the sofa with him. One of my dogs will not go to the loo until we go out for a walk approx 2 hours later. She can go for hours without toiletting. I think its because she doesnt drink much.

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