I recently adopted a 7 year old Chihuahua. She is simply the best dog ever, but I am concerned that if I give her her way at night she might smother to death. Every night when she hops in bed with me, she wants to crawl as far and deep under the covers as she can. I am very cold natured and sleep with many heavy covers, so I fear she won't be able to breath or find her way out. Do I have cause to be concerned? Thanks
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My parents' Boston Terriers sleep every night as far under the sheets and huge down comfortor as they can. I'm not sure how they survive, but it's how they sleep! I reckon your chi will be fine.

Jodi
I recently adopted a 7 year old Chihuahua. She is simply the best dog ever, but I am concerned that ... fear she won't be able to breath or find her way out. Do I have cause to be concerned? Thanks

I had a kitten who liked to sleep this way, or UNDER me. I'm not a terribly deep sleeper, so I checked on her regularly. Still, suffocation IS possible, so perhaps you may want to give her a sweater or coat or her own dog bed with covers on top of your covers.

Janet B
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Gosh...I wish I knew if it were safe or not? I am not sure if I could sleep knowing she might die. A friend of mine has a mini pincher. He also sleeps way under the sheets and is fine. HOW DO THEY DO IT?? Don't they need oxygen? Is there anything thing in writing on this? Thanks.
I recently adopted a 7 year old Chihuahua. She is simply the best dog ever, but I am concerned that ... fear she won't be able to breath or find her way out. Do I have cause to be concerned? Thanks>>

I have a tiny dog too and worry he will suffocate or get squashed so I don't let him sleep under the covers. He sleeps on top and I wrap a small blanket around him. He's not cold as the central heating is on all the time but I guess he finds it cosy.
Alison
Hey, I like the separate sheet idea! Thanks!
Gosh...I wish I knew if it were safe or not? I am not sure if I could sleep knowing she ... is fine. HOW DO THEY DO IT?? Don't they need oxygen? Is there anything thing in writing on this? Thanks.

I had the same concerns when I got my JRT. I've had Border Collies since I was a kid and their reactions to being trapped under a blanket were pretty similar to my own. In other words, they wanted out after about thirty seconds.
Then I got this little earth dog and he liked nothing better than tunneling under the blanket and plastering himself right up against me. He hasn't suffocated yet, even under heavy layers of quilts. I have to say, though, he does interfere with my sleep to a certain extent as I'm constantly pushing him out of the way so I can change positions without smushing him.
It's probably safe to let your pup sleep under the blankets if it doesn't bother you. But not if you're taking cold remedies, sleep medication, or if you've been drinking, any of which can make you more difficult to rouse.
Kathleen
Gosh...I wish I knew if it were safe or not? ... oxygen? Is there anything thing in writing on this? Thanks.

I had the same concerns when I got my JRT. I've had Border Collies since I was a kid and ... cold remedies, sleep medication, or if you've been drinking, any of which can make you more difficult to rouse. Kathleen

we've the same issue with our JRT. we have 2 poms as well, they like to sleep on the bed, but not under the covers.. but the JRT.. she wants to burrow under all the flannel, 2 electric blankets, several other blankets and the bed spread.. We live in Alaska, and yes it's cold, and we keep the house cool (and yet still wind up with $200 gas bills... sigh) but sheesh.. half way into the night we're throwing covers off, but she burrows deeper.. she has a sweater (which she doesn't like and usually wiggles out of..) but sheesh..
you might also try just letting her burrow under 1 or 2 layers instead of all of them. Usually, unless they get pinned by you, they will come up for air if/when they need to. there are quite a few air pockets in there and with humans moving the sheets around while they sleep, they usually get replenished pretty well...
Thank you for all of your reply. I had to laugh at a few of them about how many layers some of you sleep with - SOUND JUST LIKE ME! We also turn the heat down to save and sleep with a lot of layers. And with last night's new blanket for my Chihuahua, it went from 4 layers to 5!
I did try the above suggestion about putting a "Top" blanket on the bed and it worked like a charm. She thought she was burrowing under the sheets when she was only burrowing under a top one. Worked like a charm! However, when I woke up this morning, she was curled up in a ball under my neck. I guess with her only weighing 6lbs, she really needed that extra heat.
Thanks for the suggestions.
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