Living with huskies - sleeping arrangements, part 3

In the old house, we had dog beds all over the place. In our bedroom we had three dog beds and each dog had their own spot for the night. The dogs were very good at staying put, regardless of us getting up, snoring, twitching or sleeping in. 

Huskies - inventing new sleeping positions since the dawn of time.

Huskies - inventing new sleeping positions since the dawn of time.

We also had three dog beds in the family room, at the foot of the couch and a couple of other places. We often had one dog sitting on the couch between us, two on dog beds close by and one either stretched out on the cooler Lino or in a nearby open crate. 

Ishka would sit right here at J's feet... And whine because she wasn't close enough.

Ishka would sit right here at J's feet... And whine because she wasn't close enough.

Since the new house is much smaller, we have dispensed with dog beds in the house. The dogs have adjusted (after one fretful night) to sleeping in their crates and these are the only dog beds in the house. Unfortunately, this means the dogs are spending more time on the furniture, which is not a precedent I want to encourage before bringing a new baby home. J and I are thinking about that a lot now, about setting the dogs up in good habits early and not introducing a lot of new rules along with the new arrival. 

yes, it's a furless puppy.

yes, it's a furless puppy.

So, should we find space for a couple of dog beds - probably one for Ishka on J's side of the bed, and one at the foot of the couch for her too. Possibly another in front of the entertainment unit. There just really isn't enough space in this little cottage for more. 

In the new house, things are a bit more cramped. 

In the new house, things are a bit more cramped. 

I feel that if the dogs had clear "my" spaces in the house, it would be easier to discourage getting up on the bed or couch. Currently, the dogs are developing bad habits of making themselves comfortable on these pieces of furniture without invitation, but if they're told no, will happily stretch out on the floor nearby. The spare armchair is more challenging, as it has long been a dog space in J's prior home, rather than one they share with us. I think baby gates will be the only way to stop them using that chair, especially as it is a potential baby nursing space for us, and I plan to set that up soon.

On the other hand, J feels that reintroducing dog beds, especially in the bedroom, will confuse the dogs about their sleeping arrangements. They have settled surprisingly quickly into spending the night in a separate room from us, and we don't want to spoil that.

settled for the night

settled for the night

At least, with the new arrival still some twenty weeks away, we have some time to trial some changes and see what works best.