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LIW - what about the dogs on the bed in recovery? LIW - what about the dogs on the bed in recovery?

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Unread 01-05-2002, 04:19 PM
LIW - what about the dogs on the bed in recovery?

We have a new 7 month old 75lb doberman/shepard and even after obedience training and all, I still can't keep her from jumping on me. She just adores her mama and is so excited if she hasn't seen me in over 5 minutes. After my laproscopic surgery, I carried a bed pillow around and kept it in my lap because of her. Perhaps I'll purchase a belly pillow for this surgery. She doesn't sleep with us since she's still young and a chewer, she's in a crate right next to my side of bed, but if I'm in the bed and she's loose, she bounces all over me and I'm so scared that someone will let her into my room(kids) after the big surgery and she's going to hurt me. I have a lock with a little keylike thing, think I'll have hubby control the key and keep the room locked so he can let the kids in to see me rather than them opening the door and the dog flying in.
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Unread 01-07-2002, 09:03 AM
LIW - what about the dogs on the bed in recovery?

I think a lot depends on the behavior of the dogs. If you have quiet, well-behaved dogs and want them on the bed with you, I would think you'd be okay. OTOH, if you have young obsteperous dogs they shouldn't be on the bed with you -- especially not the size of dog you're talking about -- and probably not in the room at all.

I am a dog trainer and a rescuer of unwanted Border collies. I currently have seven dogs of my own and three foster dogs. Of these, four of my own dogs regularly sleep on the bed, with the three others lying around somewhere in the room. In preparation for my recovery, we have made the following decisions.

The bed tends to explode when the puppy lands on it every night and he is far too active to be happy with four to six weeks of enforced inactivity, so he is going to visit with doggy friends until I am recovered. All of my other dogs are between six and twelve years of age. We'll put up a baby gate to keep the two younger and the older-but-very-active Border collies out of the bedroom, but the three senior dogs will not be happy unless they're in the room with me. The old Doberman gets up on the bed gently, sleeps at the foot, and never moves once he's up, so he presents no problem, and my elderly whippet Nellie Princess is simply the best bed comfort imaginable. She is extremely peaceful, and her Zen-like serenity has been good for me when I've been sick in the past (I don't do bedrest very well, and I'm not looking forward to this round). The old Border collie never gets on the bed (his choice) but sleeps next to it.

Of course, if I can't tolerate having anyone on the bed at all with me, these things will change, but I figure I've been sleeping with my SO for years, and he's a lot more active in bed than the old dogs are =)

Hope this helps!

Lisa (dysplasia, pre-cancerous cells, suspected adeno, anxiously awaiting an end to all this PAIN) and seven Border collies, two whippets, one Doberman, titled in obedience, agility, flyball, and herding, some of whom will sleep on the bed and some who won't!

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