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Fear of bed

Posted by:  Michelle M
Category:   Other
Posted on:  November 13, 2002 at 09:42:58

Question:

Hi, it's me once again. My husband and I are at a loss with Simon. Until recently, Simon slept in his own bed on the floor at the foot of our bed. Unfortunately one night, the bed "gave way" and scared him to death. Since then, he hasn't gone to his bed, and we can understand why. We tried coaxing him by getting into the bed with him for a while (I know, what a sight!) and he submissive urinates. We moved the bed to another area and he still avoids it. We can't crate him - when we adopted him about four months ago, the people at the shelter told us that he was crated and abused while in the crate. Since we have had this problem, we decided to let him sleep wherever his comfort zone is, but its usually in bed with us. If we move during the night, it scares him and he submissive urinates. If we gently try to pick him up, he does submissive urination. We rock him and cuddle him, we don't hit him when this happens. Our vet said he is not ready for obedience school yet due to the abuse. What are we doing wrong? Thank you once again, your advice has been invaluable.