Even your dog needs a good night’s sleep to feel best when it wakes up. If you have run out of space in your bed, have chosen a place where your dog sleeps all the time and decide to fill it with people, or you just don’t want to share your bed with your dog, this article is for you. Teaching your dog to sleep in his own bed seems like a daunting task, involving philosophical issues, such as: if my dog can’t sleep with me, will she feel left out? If I ask him to sleep on the floor, will my dog think I don’t love him? Freeing yourself from the emotion of whether to sleep with a dog can be complicated, but teaching a dog to sleep in your own bed is simple. Following these training techniques, you can teach your dog to sleep comfortably and happily in his own bed.
1. Too difficult? Too soft? Exactly!
The first thing is to choose a bed that suits your dog. Finding the right bed for your dog is a lot like finding the right pillow for you. You may need to test several different options until you find the perfect one, but once you find it, your dog will tell you it’s one. Consider the way your dog likes to sleep. If your dog likes to snooze in a ball, choosing a bed with a side and no longer than your dog’s body length is likely to meet the requirements. Dog beds with soft sidewalls are great for keeping dogs’ body temperature while making them feel embraced and safe while sleeping. On the other hand, if your dog likes to stretch its limbs and does not seem to get enough space when sleeping, choosing a flatbed with plenty of stretching space will definitely make your puppy very happy.
2. Timing is everything
If you buy a bed and notice that your dog does not seem to be comfortable or staying comfortable, you may want to consider trying different shapes, fabrics, or padding. Your local shelter or rescue agency is happy to donate a bed that your dog does not need as a donation, and know that a bed that is not suitable for your own dog is a paradise for another dog, and you will feel very good.
Teaching your dog to sleep in his own bed only requires patience and repetition. It may take 2 or 3 sleepless nights for your dog to understand that they are no longer sleeping in bed with you but in a new place. Insomnia often leads to loss of patience, and patience is the key to teaching your dog anything new. Therefore, if you decide to fully devote yourself to training your dog to sleep in its own bed, do it on weekends or at a time when your schedule is more flexible. In this way, you can make up for the sleep you might lose during those necessary training nights.
You have found a bed your dog likes, and you have chosen a perfect weekend for dog training. Let’s dive into the details!
The first step in training your dog to sleep in their own bed is to teach them what it means to “settle down”. “Settling down” is the cousin of “Settling down”. Once your dog knows the “down” command, “settling down” is a simple add-on. Take the snack, bring your dog to his bed, and say “settle down.” If your dog needs help getting into the down position, hold the snack with your fingers and place it slightly in front of the front legs and between the front legs to help him. Once he lay down to get a better angle, please say “So settle down!” and reward him for his hospitality. Throughout the day, when you see your dog resting in his/her new bed, whisper “settle down” so he/she will begin to understand that “settling down” means relaxing. Through repetition and positive reinforcement, your dog should soon master the trick to “settling down”.
Now that your puppy knows that it will make you happy when he/she relaxes on the bed, put the bed next to your bed. If your dog is in a place where he/she can hear, see, and smell you, it is more likely to sleep happily in his/her bed. Use snacks, give your dog the command to “settle down”, reward him, and put himself to bed. Every time your dog jumps on the bed or crying and wants to let go, get out of bed, eat something (put a safe snack on the bedside table), take your dog back to their bed, and repeat the “settling down” command. When he lay down, he said “settle down,” immediately rewarded him with snacks, and then returned to his bed. Repeating this cycle throughout the night, no matter how many times your dog tries to climb onto the bed with you, will quickly help your dog learn to sleep happily in his bed instead of your bed.
Dogs are born to please their people, so calm, positive repetitions—no matter what you try to teach—will help your dog understand exactly what you want. Waking up all night can quickly become frustrating, so be patient and remember-if your dog doesn’t do what you say, it’s because he/she doesn’t know what you want.
A dog that understands what you want and how to make you happy is a confident and happy dog. At first, glance, banishing your dog from your bed may feel “serious”, but if you provide him with a comfortable option and let him know that you are happy when you see him resting in it, He will happily transition to the new space.
Teaching your dog a new way of sleeping requires some leg work on the front end, but it will bring a lot of extra legroom when it’s done.