Even your dog needs a good night’s sleep to wake up and feel its best.
If you run out of room in your own bed, go find a place where the dog always sleeps, and then decide to replace it with a human, or you don’t want to sleep with the dog at all, this article is for you.
Teaching your dog to sleep in its own bed may seem like a daunting task, involving the following philosophical questions:
If my dog cannot sleep with me, will my dog feel rejected?
If I ask him to sleep on the floor, will my dog think I don’t love him?
It can be complicated to get rid of the emotion of whether to sleep with a dog, but teaching a dog to sleep in its own bed is simple.
Following these training techniques, you can teach your dog to sleep comfortably and happily in its own bed.
1. Is it too difficult? Too soft? Exactly!
The first 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 ideal choice, but once you find the ideal choice, your dog will tell you that it is a choice.
Consider the way your dog likes to sleep.
If your dog likes to shrink into a ball, it is appropriate to choose a bed with two sides and the length of the bed does not exceed the length of the dog.
The dog bed with soft side walls is very suitable for keeping the dog’s body heat, and it can also make them feel tight and safe while sleeping.
On the other hand, if your dog likes to spread out and doesn’t seem to have enough space to sleep, then choosing a flatbed with enough stretching space will definitely make your puppy very happy.
2. Timing is everything.
If you find that your dog seems uncomfortable or uncomfortable after buying a bed, you can consider trying other shapes, fabrics, or padding.
Your local shelter or rescue agency will be happy to treat your dog’s extra bed as a donation.
And you will feel uncomfortable because the bed that is not suitable for your own dog is suitable for another dog.
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.
Loss of sleep usually 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 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 us 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 “put down” command, “settling in” is easy.
Holding a snack, bring your dog to the bed and say “settle down.”
If your dog needs help, place it between your fingers, and then place it slightly between the forelegs and forelegs to help him descend.
Once he lay down to get a better treatment angle, please say “So settle down!” and reward him.
All-day long, when you see a dog lying on a new bed, you will whisper to “settling down” so that he/she can begin to understand that “settling down” means relaxation.
Through repetition and positive reinforcement, your dog should immediately get rid of the trouble of “settling down”.
Now your puppy knows that when he relaxes on the bed, it will make you happy, please put the bed next to your bed.
If your dog is in a place where you can hear, see, and smell, it is more likely to sleep happily in his/her bed.
Be kind to the food, give the dog the command to “settle down”, reward him, and let himself go to bed.
Whenever your dog jumps on the bed or cries to relax, get out of bed, get a snack (store a safe snack on the bedside table), bring the dog back to the bed, and repeat the “settling down” command.
When he lay down, he said “Okay, settle down”, reward him immediately, and then return to his bed.
Repeating this cycle all night, no matter how many times your dog tries to climb the bed with you, will quickly help your dog learn to sleep happily in its own bed instead of its own bed.
Dogs are born to please their people.
No matter what you want to teach, you can stay calm and actively repeat.
This 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 does not do what you say, it is because he/she doesn’t know what you want.
A dog that understands what you want and how to make yourself happy is a confident, happy dog.
It may be an “average” feeling to expel the dog from the bed when you first blush, but if you provide him with a comfortable choice and let him know that you see it resting in it, you will feel happy.
Then he will be very happy to transition to the new dog.
Teaching your dog a new way of sleeping requires some leg work on the front end, but it will result in a lot of extra legroom when done.