Getting Your Dog Off the Bed
Me and my fiancé have had our greyhound for about 4 months now. He is an amazing dog but he won’t let us sleep through the night now. He wakes up constantly and wants to get in our bed with us. My fiancé let him get in our bed the first night we brought him home but that was it. He would jump into the bed in the morning when it was time to go outside but now he cries constantly for the last week until my fiancé lets him in the bed. We are at our wits end about how to break him of this. Any input would a great help for us.
Your question actually inspired me to write an article on this subject, I hope it helps, here it is:
If your dog just won’t take no for an answer when it comes to sleeping in your bed, the first thing to understand is why. Some of the reasons are: he doesn't have a dog bed, his dog bed is uncomfortable, when your dog was a puppy you let him sleep on your bed or your bed has never been off limits. After you've discovered the reason your dog likes to sleep on your bed the following suggestions may help to fix the problem.
If your dog is sleeping on your bed because he doesn't have a dog bed or because his bed is uncomfortable:
Take some time to find the right bed. And make sure it is clean, big enough for your dog to sleep comfortably-stretch out if need be, and that it is close enough to you at night that he can hear you breathing and knows he is safely in the pack; this is especially important when he is a puppy and feeling very insecure. And set your dog's bed in a comfortable area of the room - this is where he will always sleep.
If your dog doesn't like his current bed because it is old, dirty, stinky, or uncomfortable or doesn't have his own bed, you need to buy him one. Go to your local pet store or online and find a bed that is comfortable warm, and dry. If fleas are an issue you can purchase a bed with cedar chips which work as a flea deterrent.
If you have never been clear with your dog that the bed is off limits the following training will help with this:
With small treats in hand bring your dog over and set him about four to five feet away from his doggie bed. Lure your dog with the treat onto his bed. When he is on the bed, at a sit or lie-down, say "Bed", and give him the treat as a reward.
Repeat these steps over and over again. The final outcome should be you pointing to the bed, saying excitedly, "Bed!" and having your dog run over to it, get on and lay down. Always remember to reward him for the good behavior for the first week or two until it is habitual. You can wean him from treats to praise and then it will it will gradually become a routine.
Never let your dog get on your bed after he is habituated or it will be the slippery slope back to old behavior-consistency is important.
Teaching the off behavior is essential if you want your dog to stop sleeping on your bed:
Sit your dog on a chair, couch, or something that is high enough but not too low. Gather your treats and leash. Clip the leash on your dog's collar. Stand next to your dog with the treat in front of his nose. Toss the treat about two feet ahead. While tossing the treat, softly yet firmly say "Off". Now, the dog should jump off the chair or item, and go eat the treat, but if he doesn't then gently guide him off the chair with his leash (he may need a little push from behind) to the treat. Reward him with a treat and repeat and repeat. The end conclusion should have a hand signal with you pointing off the chair (or bed as the end result) and saying "off". So when you find your dog sleeping on your bed, point to the floor and say "off". Reward every time he gets off, initially it will be a small treat, then praise will do and in time it will just be positive learned behavior.
An added suggestion for you Peter is that if you add a piece of clothing-a worn T-shirt for example that has your or your fiancé’s smell on it and put it in the bed with your puppy it can give an added sense of comfort which may have a relaxing effect on him.
Well take care and good luck
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