Do you have a hard time sleeping with your pet? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my little furball and find it adorable when he tries getting to the bed while I rest. However, I knew it wasn’t going to be a good idea letting her get used to sleeping on my bed. Not only did it cause allergies, but I was having trouble sleeping with a playful, restless dog around!
That’s when I realized I needed to teach him how to sleep on his own bed. After doing some research and testing things out, I successfully had him sleep on his own.
If you have the same dilemma I did, then read on as I show you how to get your dog to sleep in his own bed!
How to Get Your Dog to Sleep in His Own Bed
Regardless of the best dog beds, I invested in; he would always get up to my space! I felt like I was wasting a ton of money and effort. But after trying these tips out, I managed without spending anything but time. You should try these practical tips as well:
1. Finding the Perfect Place
It’s important to find a suitable place for your dog bed, somewhere where your dog will sleep comfortably. If your dog is very close to you, then he will want to sleep in the bedroom or the living room (when he wants to keep an eye on the home while everyone is sleeping). Sometimes, your dog may prefer the children’s room, or whoever he is closest to.
Make sure that you choose the sleeping area where he can sleep in permanently. It won’t be comfortable for your dog always to move sleeping places. Not only will it be difficult to train him when changing spots, but your dog will be confused as well!
Also, prioritize your dog’s safety and comfort when choosing a sleeping spot. It should be in a well-ventilated room with open space, without any safety hazards.
2. Giving Your Dog Treats
Just like training your dog the basic commands, you can create a command for him to get off the bed and head on to his own spot. How do you do this? Encourage him with praise and treats, of course!
If your dog got used to sleeping on your bed, get him out by correcting him when he starts to jump on it. When your dog jumps to the bed, pick him up or push him away gently, saying “NO.” For particularly persistent dogs, a squirt of water will show him what he’s doing is wrong.
With a leash, walk your dog to his bed and let him stay while you command, “Go to your bed.” When he lies down, give him a treat. If he tries to get up, say “No,” then walk him back to the bed, repeating the command. Offer another treat. In time, your dog will understand the command and stay off your bed, going to his own when told.
3. Be Strict and Ignore the Whining
Whether it’s a new puppy in the house or your dog’s first night alone without his owner, he may end up feeling a bit lonely. Sometimes, they end up being persistent and sneak back to your bed, or they would whine the whole night. Not only is it noisy and disturbing, but it sympathizes you enough to get them back!
Do not crack! Your dog shouldn’t be sleeping on your bed because it hinders your sleep, may cause allergies, and your mattress wears out at a shorter time because of your active dog always playing around.
If they still try to give you a difficult time, be strict and don’t forget verbal reinforcement. Be firm and show that your dog needs to sleep in his own spot. Get that point across, and your dog will soon understand.
4. Choose the Best Dog Bed
Of course, your dog won’t feel comfortable in a dog bed if you don’t choose the best dog beds for him. It varies from dog to dog, not only depending on his size but the way he sleeps.
Notice the way your dog sleeps. If he likes stretching out, get a rectangular mattress. If he loves curling up, a round or oval bed if a good choice. Older dogs or those with joint problems are better off with memory foam mattresses.
Next, consider the size of bed you need, which should be according to the size of your dog. You honestly get what you pay for when getting a bed, so find one that’s made from reputable manufacturers, made of safe and quality materials to last.
5. Introducing the Dog Bed Correctly
Once you have chosen the right dog bed, you’ll need to first introduce your dog to it properly. He may be confused at first and not know what it’s for.
You can start off by making his bed comfortable, using toys or comfortable pillows that keep him safe. It should bring him a sense of familiarity so he won’t be trying to come back to your bed.
Though it may seem counter-intuitive, keeping your bedroom door open (if your dog sleeps outside the room) is recommended during the day. This is so that your dog can come and go whenever he pleases, being close to you. But again, this should only be done during the day, and doors should close at night to let your dog know when bedtime is.
Wrapping It Up
I hope that these tips on how to get your dog to sleep in his own bed gave you an idea of what you can do to have your own sanctuary in the room. So don’t wait any longer! If you’re already having trouble with Fido on your bed, try any of these tips today.
If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences on how to get your dog to sleep in his own bed, then comment below. I would love to hear what you have to think.