At first, it’s adorable: your dog has jumped up on the bed with you, snuggling in close for a good night’s sleep.
After a while, though, there’s not enough room in the bed for the two of you, there’s dog hair everywhere, and at least one of you snores. Finally, you’ve had enough and decide that Fido can’t get on the bed anymore.
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That’s great, but how do you apply it?
If you’re having trouble keeping your dog off your bed, the tips below should help you teach your dog to sleep in their own bed — or at least somewhere other than your pillow.
the 9 tricks to keep dogs out of bed
1. never put them in bed in the first place
This is one area where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The fact is, it’s much easier to never let your dog get on the bed in the first place than it is to stop him once he’s gotten used to sleeping next to you.
It’s hard for your dog to understand that behavior that was okay yesterday is no longer acceptable today. As a result, he will have a much longer learning curve.
In addition, many dogs will feel that this creates a void in their routine that they will attempt to fill with other activities. there is no guarantee that you will like those activities, which brings us to the next point.
2. give them something else to do
Having your own place to sleep is absolutely essential. we recommend a box for this, but it can be anywhere as long as it’s comfortable and you’re consistent when placing them there.
You can make their new sleeping spot more inviting by giving them special toys that they only get at bedtime; something like a peanut butter stuffed kong toy is great for this as it makes a high value treat that will keep them busy for a long time.
If your dog doesn’t already have a super comfortable dog bed, now is the time to get him one. you may want to keep a used item of clothing in the new bed so it will smell like you for the first few days.
3. Keep Your Dog Close
The appeal of your bed has little to do with your expensive luxury mattress or your Egyptian cotton sheets. no, your dog wants to be in your bed because he keeps it close to you.
Just because your pup can no longer sleep together doesn’t mean you should deprive him of your presence. try to keep them as close to you as possible. this may mean placing the box next to the nightstand or placing a pillow at the foot of the bed.
If your dog knows you’re around, he’ll find it reassuring, and it’ll help him drift off to dreamland.
4. teach the “off” command
If your plan to get your pup out of the sheets involves pushing and pleading, then you’re in for a tough time.
Instead, you should teach your dog the “off” command. lure your dog to the bed with a treat and say “on”. when they jump, don’t give them the treat; instead, pull them down with the “off” command.
once they roll out of bed, give them the treat, the praise, and the love. Not only does this teach them to go when you tell them to, but it also shows them that being on the floor is much more rewarding than being on the duvet.
5. Keep the Entire Bedroom Off-Limits When You’re Not Around
Your dog wouldn’t want us to tell you this, but the truth is that they are cunning animals. they may learn that they’re not allowed to get on the bed when you’re around, and decide that means it’s okay for them to get on when you’re not around.
To prevent this from happening, you should keep the entire bedroom area off limits, at least until you’re sure your pooch has learned his lesson. keep the door closed when you’re not home so your pup won’t be tempted to break the rules this time.
Another option is to set up a pet cam that allows you to talk to your dog. if you see them in bed, you can give them the “off” command, and some even allow you to dispense treats when your command is followed.
Of course, many dogs will quickly learn that since you’re not really there to enforce your commands, they don’t have to listen to your disembodied voice. then you may be setting yourself up for the frustration of seeing your disobedient dog drool on your pillow.
6. don’t give them any positive interaction if you catch them in bed
As tempting as it is to scratch his belly before kicking him out, it’s important that you never reward your dog for being in his bed.
If it catches up with them up there, give them the “off” command and don’t give them praise, treats, or positive attention until they jump down. you can lavish them with love once they are in the ground; show them that life is much more fun down there.
7. ignore whining or other attention seeking behavior
For the first few nights, your dog may make you feel guilty from his new spot on the floor. whining, barking, and growling are common.
It is important not to pay attention to them when they do this. even yelling or scolding them is rewarding your attention, so no strategy is likely to make the noise stop.
Instead, stay quiet and ignore them. attention-seeking will eventually stop, but be aware that it will probably get worse before stopping altogether.
8. Tucker Them Out Before Bed
It’s a good idea to give your dog a long walk or vigorous play session right before bed. you want to make him so exhausted that he immediately collapses into his new bed and curls up to sleep, instead of spending a lot of energy fighting you over his old place.
Once you’re done playing, take your dog to his bed and give him a treat. this connects various good things (playtime, attention, and treats) to their new place, encouraging them to return.
Another reason to walk your dog right before bedtime is so you know any whining isn’t because he needs to go outside to go to the bathroom, which will allow you to confidently ignore him.
9. most importantly, be consistent
none of these strategies will work if you don’t apply them consistently.
If you decide to let your dog sleep in the bed from time to time, you are setting yourself up for failure. your dog will never be able to tell which times are acceptable and which are not, so you’ll have an endless cycle of jumping up and scolding, leaving them confused and resentful.
After a few days of reinforcing the idea that climbing on the bed is not allowed, your dog will get the idea and stop trying. It’s not easy, especially when you get hit with those puppy dog eyes, but staying consistent is the key to success here.
Conclusion: Keeping Dogs Off The Bed
If you follow the strategies outlined in this guide, you should have your bed to yourself in a few days. Better yet, all of these tips are based on positive reinforcement, so your dog should be just as happy about the situation as you are.
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