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Baby Gate one dog and not the other at night?

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I have a new dog that I recently rehomed. He is fairly unintelligent and obstinant, as he was not trained or given boundaries at his first home ( he is 3yrs old). Anyway, is it wrong to baby gate him out of the bedroom at night while allowing the resident dog the stay in our bed? The resident dog follows commands and will move to the end of the bed if you tell her to. As for the boy, he will not budge-- he actually will fall into you with all of his weight. If you try to move him, he fights it. Also, he MUST have his entire body pressed againt yours at all times during the night, which is totally annoying. If feel it's unfair to gate the girl dog out as she is not an issue in bed and you don't even notice her. Also to note, he is fine while baby gated outside of the room with the girl dog, but if she is allowed in bed and he isn't, he whines and barks... can't have that as other people live my apartment building... however that is another issue!
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I don't think there's anything "wrong" with it so to speak, but you will have to find a way to deal with the whining and barking. The simple solution to me seems to be to gate them both out if they're both ok with it. You can also try crate training....if you want to accomplish that free of whining and barking, it's going to take a long time.

ETA: Will he whine and bark if he's crated in the room with you?
So, if she's shut out of the room, she will definitely whine then?
You might not want to hear this, but your best solution might be to train out the behaviour. My solution for training my dog not to bark and whine when in his crate was to show him it's not going to get him what he wants. It took a few nights with a lot of whining. You don't have that option, so you might be better off keeping him in your room and training him to stay off the bed. It could take a few sleepless nights. Keep some treats handy, be prepared to spend some time dangling a reassuring hand off the side of the bed to pet him. Give him a nice, cozy dog-bed to lay on and praise him for staying there. If he sneaks up in the night, make him get down right away, then praise and reward him for being in his bed again.
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