Where pugs sleep at night can be somewhat of a controversial topic. Many believe that a pug should be crate trained. Some say that you should never have your pug share your bed. Others say that keeping them close by in their own bed is best. And then others say that having them sleep in your bed is good too.
This really is just personal preference. A decision that you need to make that suits you and your pug. For me, I had made the decision before I brought Ref home. He would be sleeping in a pen in the spare bedroom, almost like create training. The pen had plenty of room for a puppy to move around and find their perfect sleeping spot. I thought this would be best so that Ref had his own space to sleep and wouldn’t wake me up in the middle of the night for playtime.
I remember reading that it can take a few nights for them to settle in and be comfortable with where they would be sleeping at night. So I persisted with the crying for the first few nights. In fact, I persisted with the crying for 6 whole weeks. That was 6 whole weeks of crying every single night from Ref. I felt like I had no sleep every night. I think my mum felt the same. But I also remember during those 6 weeks that I’d wake up having a panic attack for any number of reasons. And quite frequently.
One night at the 6 week mark, I woke up having a panic attack that something had happened to Ref. I woke the poor little guy up to make sure he was ok. Of course it happened when he was taking a break from crying. But the only way I could calm back down and go back to sleep was to have him with me.
So what was the result of that? Well we both slept so much better. I continued to have Ref sleep with me which meant that everyone in the house was sleeping without being woken by him crying. But even better for me was that the frequency of my middle of the night panic attacks reduced considerably. So all in all, having Ref sleep with me was what was best for me and him. We both sleep so much better. He sleeps through the night with an occasional toilet wake up and well me, I mostly sleep better even if he hogs the bed.
So whilst Ref sharing my bed works for me, it may not work for the next person. You may very well decide that crate training your pug or having them sleep in their own bed in your bedroom is the best option for you. But just remember, wherever you choose to have your pug sleep at night, it is your choice and what is best for you and your pug. And in no way is it the right or wrong way cause there is no right or wrong way.
Where does your pug sleep at night and what made you go with that decision?
Photo of Punky the Pug is Courtesy of Jenny Tiffen – www.lovewednesday.com.au