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Okay, me and my girlfriend decided to adopt a dog from the humane society last Friday. We live at home in a 4 bedroom house with my parents in a big 3 bedroom house.

Basically he is a 3 year old Shepherd / Collie. We thought it would be okay with him to sleep in our room with us, but as soon as we go to bed he just becomes wide awake as soon as we get him in there, so we were wondering if this is normal? Do dogs like this usually just wander the house and sleep wherever all night? Where is best, we were thinking maybe he needed a big kennel?
 

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Congrats on your new pooch !

Do you have a bed and or a crate for your dog?
My little dog Bear sleeps in his crate in my daughters room- by choice
My Casper sleeps in his crate in my office because he can't yet be trusted not to get into stuff if he is unsupervised
Toula sleeps on her dog bed in my office
 

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Wally doesn't wander the house, but he does move around in my room sleeping in different places. Not sure why - must be an instinct thing to not stay in one place too long while sleeping.

He's in my room for now, but once the basement isn't so utterly cold, he'll move back out to his crate. That's the plan anyway.
 

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Okay, what exactly is a crate, my understanding was it was basically a cage?
I guess at the basic level, it could be called a cage. Some do look a lot like cages.

A lot of times, they can act a lot like a dog house, except indoors. That is, his own little haven to call his own. Some dogs prefer them, some would prefer not to be in them. Wally loves his - at least, he used to. We'll see when it's time to move him back there :)

But, even in his crate - he would get out and lay around on the floor nearby and sometimes explore around a little.
 

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Zoey sleeps on the bed with us.. She's such a snuggle bug I couldn't imagine having her locked up in a crate at night. She is always either sleeping next to me on my pillow (king size pillows and bed) or laying next to me on either side. Before we actually -sleep- she likes to climb up on the pillow and wrap herself around my head so she can set her head in between my hubby and me, but after a few minutes she usually gets up and moves farther down the pillow or down the bed. I like having her with us too because when she needs to get up and go potty, she comes over and licks our faces until one of us gets up. Much better to wake up to an adorable little face loving on you than waking up to the sound of her barking her head off somewhere in the house..
 

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mine still sleeps in the kitchen by the door, the kitchen is blocked off with a baby gate. I would really like her to sleep nice next to me but as soon as it's time for bed she thinks laying down by us is play time:(
 

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Brenna Always sleeps next to me in bed. The only time she doesn't is when I decide to leave her at the shelter in town overnight, which is like a sleep over with her old buddies to her.
 

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Our dogs usually sleep either in bed with someone, or locked in their crate. None of them can be trusted to wander the whole house by themselves... Usually the two adults are in bed with my mother-in-law or brother-in-law, and the pups are either in bed with my hubby and I, or in their crates. If someone is up all night, like tonight, then the dogs can wander the house, unless they get too loud. Right now, one of the pups is sleeping in bed with my hubby, the other two are curled up on the couch with my brother-in-law, and the adult dogs are sleeping together in the recliner.
 

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Mojo sleeps in his crate in our bedroom. I do love to snuggle with him but we bring him to bed for a cuddle before he goes in the crate and often when we first wake up. Mojo loves his crate--if I leave the bedroom door open, he'll run in and hop in the crate without any prompting from us. He's been trained to enjoy his crate and I think he's likely more comfortable there than he would be sleeping in a bed with two people rolling around and two cats who jump in and out at will.

And Binkalette, that is the most adorable sig ever! Mojo is the same way when it comes to paper! I swear if there is a scrap of paper in reach, no matter how small or how well it's hidden, Mojo will find it and eat it.
 

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my yorkie sleeps in bed with me snuggled up to me all night long. he has even in the last 4 months started putting himself under the covers (and i wouldn't have it any other way). he was fine in the crate in the beginning but i loved having him with me to much. and its great because hes trained on wee wee pads so if in the middle of the night he has to go potty he just walks down the doggie stairs and goes. ive never had a problem with him roaming as soon as we turn the lights off under the covers he goes :D
 

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Luna sleeps in her crate, which is located in our bedroom. She positively LOVES her crate, and when she gets tired she wants to go right in. ;)

Since she's still a puppy, I shut the crate for her own safety (she would chew/eat everything she could find) and so she doesn't soil the carpet.

I used to think crate training was "cruel" until I saw how much my brother's dog loves her crate. I decided to crate train with Luna, and I do not regret it! She cried at first, but now (like I previously mentioned) she loves it!
 

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George's old legs can no longer handle the climb up the stairs to my bedroom at nite anymore, so he sleeps in the laundry room with a gate across the door so he doesn't have free roam of the house.
DJ sleeps on his dog bed or in his crate, whichever he chooses, in my bedroom with the door shut. He's allowed on the bed with me when invited - usually after 3 AM when hubby gets up to go to work.
 

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I guess I will look into buying some gates then so he is confined to just one room downstairs. Last night I was going to just have him in the bedroom with us with the door closed, but as soon as he comes in and I close the door / turn out the lights he wants to play. Its like it is his que. Oh well, is it a good idea to show him dicipline and make him sleep in here? Thats what my father told me to do, but I dont think its right?
 

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Trout sleeps with me, and charlee used to, but then we ran into some house training issues with her, so unless she's pooped and peed before bed, she sleeps in her crate.
Trout is perfectly house trained and doesn't shed as much, so I dont mind him sleeping with me at all.
 

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as soon as he comes in and I close the door / turn out the lights he wants to play.
Does he get plenty of exercise during the day to tire him out?
It may also be that it will just take him awhile to get used to your routine & he may still be feeling a bit nervous about everything in his new home. How long have you had him? I wouldn't give up on having him sleep in your room. And yes, it's fine to tell him in a firm voice that it's time to go to bed, or to lie down, I think he'll catch on in a bit.

ETA: You know, the right sized crate may actually help the dog feel a little more secure in his new surroundings. Then again, at his age, if he's never used 1 before it could take a bit of training to get him to use it.
 

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During the day my dogs have their own beds for the day time.... my lab pup decided to take up nap time in a box (she even dragged her blanket in it) ... our older dog lab/collie mix sleeps on the floor of mine and my hubbys bedroom at night and our lab pup sleeps in bed with my daughter!!!
 

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Does he get plenty of exercise during the day to tire him out?
It may also be that it will just take him awhile to get used to your routine & he may still be feeling a bit nervous about everything in his new home. How long have you had him? I wouldn't give up on having him sleep in your room. And yes, it's fine to tell him in a firm voice that it's time to go to bed, or to lie down, I think he'll catch on in a bit.

ETA: You know, the right sized crate may actually help the dog feel a little more secure in his new surroundings. Then again, at his age, if he's never used 1 before it could take a bit of training to get him to use it.
Oh yes, LOTS of excercise... family of 5 and everyone is playing with him all day long. Pretty well everyday by 5PM since was have had him we find him laying down panting, trying his hardest to stay awake but he keeps dosing off he gets so tired. By dark he was lay down in the living room and be completely asleep, but as soon as I call him into my room he is wide awake and wants to play. When we lay in bed he wants to come up weather we like it or not and roll around on us and snuggle udner our arms and stuff like that.

He has only lived here for 3 nights now, so I guess thats probably it.
 

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Both of my dogs are crate trained although my spaniel loves his more than my basset does. They both sleep in their crates just because I don't trust any dog having free roam in the house when I'm not there to supervise and obviously I can't supervise when I'm sleeping. I crate them last thing at night and let them out first thing in the morning.
 
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