How to Stop Your Dog from Sleeping in Your Bed: 15 Steps

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How to Stop Your Dog from Sleeping in Your Bed: 15 Steps
How to Stop Your Dog from Sleeping in Your Bed: 15 Steps

Letting your dog cuddle with you at bedtime may not seem like a problem, but it often leads to other behavioral disorders. These can include disobedience, impulsiveness and excessive possessiveness. In fact, letting your pet sleep in your bed can diminish your lead in the house and give your dog the impression that he's in charge.


Part 1 of 3: Establishing Your Puppy's Sleep Space

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Step 1. Observe how the animal sleeps

So you can find a comfortable bed for him while he sleeps. Pay close attention to the dog's body language at this point.

  • If your dog likes to stretch out while he sleeps, choose a comfortable rectangular mattress.
  • If he prefers to curl up in a ball, a round or oval closed bed will be best for him.
  • Older or arthritic pets may feel more comfortable on a memory foam mattress.
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Step 2. Buy a dog bed at your local pet store

When you purchase these items, you get what you paid for. Cheap and fragile beds will fall apart easily and only last a few months. The better the quality of the object, the longer it will last. When choosing a bed, consider the way your dog sleeps, his age and his pocketbook. There are several options, including:

  • Orthopedic beds: are long mattresses that provide orthopedic support. They are better for older puppies and provide extra padding. They are also spacious, so if your dog likes to stretch out when he sleeps, these can be good options.
  • Armchair beds: These are items with a pillow and raised sides. They are good for animals that like to curl up when they sleep.
  • Pillow or Mattress Beds: These are simple and made from a large pillow or pillow. Suitable for dogs who like to stretch out when they sleep.
  • Warm Beds: If you live in a cold climate, have an older dog or a small one that doesn't retain body heat very well, a warm bed is a good option to keep him warm.
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Step 3. Place the bed in a comfortable place, such as your living room or bedroom

While you want to encourage your dog to stay out of your bed, you should also ensure that his sleeping area is in a comfortable, familiar space.

The bed should be in an area with room temperature, not near a draft or an open door. Look for a spot in a dark or shaded part of the room

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Step 4. Place your dog's favorite toys near the bed

They will make the place more attractive. You can also wear a T-shirt with your scent to encourage the dog to lie down there.

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Step 5. Set up a space for the animal to sleep in a house or cage if it is a puppy

It is very important to establish his sleeping space early on, so there is no temptation to lie down on his bed. Line the house or cage with newspaper in case accidents occur during the night. Create an elevated space at the back of the sleeping area, such as a dog bed or pillow, for the puppy to sleep in a clean part of the playpen.

Part 2 of 3: Training the animal to stay in its bed

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Step 1. Take your dog for a long walk before bed

That way, he will be tired and have less energy to fight when it's time to go to bed.

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Step 2. Guide your dog to the bed on a leash

You can also use a treat to encourage your pet to go to sleep. Thus, he will learn to link the bed to a positive reward. Never pick up the dog and put him to bed, or he will associate it with a negative experience.

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Step 3. Give the dog an order:

"Go to bed". Be clear in your command and only give a reward when the animal lies down in the right place.

  • Whenever he gets out of bed, say "no" and take him back there. Then repeat the command: "Go to bed". Increase the amount of time after giving the order and only give the reward if the animal goes to bed.
  • At some point, the dog will learn the command and understand that he will receive a reward for staying in bed.
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Step 4. Ignore his crying at night

He may look at you with very sad eyes or voice his displeasure by crying or complaining. However, avoid indulging in these behaviors; otherwise, you will only reinforce them and prevent the animal from getting used to the bed.

  • Yelling at your dog can only make him cry louder. If crying continues after being ignored for several minutes, ask the animal if it wants to leave. If he responds and gets carried away, take him for a walk. Make the walk seem purposeful, a time for your dog to go to the bathroom, not a playtime.
  • If you don't think your pet needs to go to the bathroom and you believe it's crying because it's in its own bed, continue to ignore it. Don't try to punish his behavior, or you will end up reinforcing it. The punishment will show that you are paying attention to the attitude.
  • Prepare for the crying to get worse before the animal stops. But be sure to ignore it, as this attitude will help your dog get used to the bed in the long run.
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Step 5. Correct your dog if he jumps into your bed

This is an important step in setting boundaries and reinforcing the importance of the animal sleeping in its own bed.

If the dog jumps on your bed, tell him, "Go to your bed." If he doesn't move, lift him up and put him on the floor or gently push him out of bed saying "no"

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Step 6. Use positive reinforcement to correct your dog's behavior

Many owners use a water spray bottle to punish their pets' misconduct, including sleeping in the owner's bed or other furniture. However, positive reinforcement, in which you reward the animal for what it does good rather than punishing it for what it does bad, can also be an effective way to train the animal.

Praise your dog if he goes to bed without needing to be taken or if he lies down on the spot after the "Go to bed" command. Thus, he will associate the space with rewards and praise rather than punishment or negative feelings

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Step 7. Practice inviting the animal to his bed

Never let him enter your room or go to bed uninvited, as this will give him a feeling that he is in charge of bedtime. The dog should only act on command, and when you wake up, he should wait calmly for your order before getting out of bed.

Part 3 of 3: Understand the Benefits of a Dog-Free Bed

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Step 1. Establish your dominance over your dog by keeping him out of your bed

One of the ways dogs determine hierarchy is through physical height. The highest-ranking animal will place itself higher than the others. So when you let your dog sleep in your bed beside you, he may understand that he is above you or in the same hierarchical position.

Maintaining your dominance over your dog is important because, without establishing leadership, the animal can become disobedient or misbehave. If you indicate that you have no control over your dog, your dog may view this act as a license to do wrong

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Step 2. Keep other animals safe and happy

If you have more than one pet at home, such as another dog or cats, keeping your dog out of your bed will also set an example for others. Creating separate beds for all of them will still allow you to get a good night's sleep without worrying about the risk of rolling over and crushing a furry friend.

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Step 3. Eliminate the chance of getting diseases

If your puppy plays with, steps on, or eats feces (their own or other animals' feces), he can transmit bacteria or parasites, such as salmonella or heartworm. Most dogs step on all sorts of things, so the likelihood of your carrying bacteria you might not want on your sheets is high.

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