Keep dog off bed

The bond shared between man and dog is incredible. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being a canine owner then you know just what we mean.

Some of us love snuggling up with our four legged friends at night. They can be great for keeping you warm, feeling secure, or they can crowd the bed and leave little room for a comfortable night’s rest.

If you prefer your pet keep his fur and snoring in his own area, here are some tips for how to train your dog to stay off the bed.

Positive Reinforcement

Just like any training you’ll do with your dog, you should watch them and tell them “No” and have them get off the bed when they try to climb up. As they listen and learn to stay away, you reward them with a treat or some extra hugs to let them know it’s a job well done.


Most pets know there are some smells they should stay away from. This is the idea behind using a repellent to train dogs to keep off the bed. Many times with puppies this tactic is used to stop them from chewing. Not everyone may agree on this tactic but it’s been shown to be effective and can even be made naturally using a mix of lemon juice or essential oils and water in a spray bottle. They will be turned off by the scent and stay away.

Start Early

The best way to teach your dog not to jump up on your bed is to never allow him to do it from day one. Dogs are creatures of habit. If they have always been told to stay off the bed, or have always been crated at night while you sleep, then they will most likely never think about hopping up onto the bed at all. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends providing some night time toys for your dog if he’ll be caged or changing routines and sleeping alone after being used to snuggling.

Indoor Containment Systems

If all else fails, consider an indoor pet containment system from DogWatch. Pet Boundaries by DogWatch keeps your dog contained in a safe area using wireless technology. We can get you set up with your indoor dog containment system. Your dog wears the same collar, inside or out. No more baby gates or closed doors.

DogWatch of Western MA offers dog training programs to assist with helping your dog learn boundaries with the help of an indoor containment system. This could be useful in an instance where you’d like to get your pup to stop jumping on the bed. Training sessions only take a few minutes a day.

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5 Tips To Keep Your Dog On Their Bed & Off Your Bed

Your dog wants to go everywhere you go: including between your pillow and the crisp, clean sheets. While loving and companionable, if your dog is making your bed unsanitary, or guarding it against your significant other, it’s time to set boundaries. These five tips will help keep the dog off your bed, and in his or her own.

bedroom makeover with Sheex sheets dog sleeping on the bedTip #1: Be Consistent

Dogs love to please and are therefore easily trained, but inconsistent commands are confusing to them. If you allow her up “just this once,” during training, she won’t understand the next time you chide her off your bed, uninvited. If training is inconsistent, the bad habit will be more difficult to break. Remember, she likes it up there as much as you do.

Tip #2: Place Train Your Dog

If you don’t yet have a pet bed for the dog, you can still start training by using a folded blanket or mat. The idea in place training is to teach your pet to lie down in specific areas, not your bed. Here’s how, according to Vet Street:

While your dog is watching, place a mat on the floor. If he shows any interest in the mat, reward with a treat. Next, try to get the dog to lie down on the mat. Never sit on it yourself. Always use immediate, positive encouragement when he obeys. Once your pet understands that lying down on the mat pleases you, associate a single-word command, pronouncing it just before he gets onto the mat. Later, gradually elongate his stay, before providing the next treat.

paw-pedic-dog-bedTip #3: Have a Good Dog Bed

Without her own bed, your dog will learn to lie down on command, but may still seek your bed for comfort. This is when a good dog mattress becomes indispensable. If you trained her using a mat, instead of a dog bed, simply use the same command word with her luxurious Paw Pedic bed to re-train.

Tip #4: Use the “Off” Command

Remember, like humans, dogs learn at their own pace and need daily consistency and positivity. Try not to physically force the dog off your bed. Instead, teach him the “off” command:

Using a treat in front of his nose, elevate it gradually to your bed and say, “On.” When he climbs onto the bed, give no treat. Move the same treat slowly back towards the floor and say, “Off.” When he climbs down, reward him with the treat. Work with this daily until the command has been fixed.

Tip #5: Don’t Sleep Too Far Away

Still, it’s going to happen: Your dog will bat those big, beautiful eyes and look longingly at your bed. Don’t give in. If your dog is lonely, she can be place trained to sleep at the foot of your bed, at least initially.

Remember, a well-trained dog is worth it. Your dog will soon be happier pleasing you over herself. She is inherently loyal. She can do it, and so can you. You’ll be happier with a fur-free bed and your significant other will be allowed to sneak back, peacefully.

*A 2012 report, “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warns that, although uncommon, there are fatal risks associated with pet co-sleeping, especially for children and those with compromised immune systems.

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Why Doesn’t My Dog… Sleep in Bed With Me?

Your dog might not sleep in your bed because it’s too soft, too hot or too small.

I don’t know about you, but my dogs all seem to think that my bed belongs to them and that they’re just being generous in letting my wife Teresa and me sleep with them. And on some of those cold Idaho winter nights — when the temperatures fall to “three-dog” levels — we’re awfully grateful for their presence.

Some of my clients tell me, though, that their dogs won’t sleep with them at all. They sound a little aggrieved sometimes, as if they’re wondering why they’re not good enough to be their dog’s bedmate. Of course, we can never know the real answer — maybe our feet aren’t stinky enough or we toss and turn too frequently — but I’ve thought about this and I have some theories about why certain dogs prefer to sleep alone.

Why Your Bed Is Not For the Dogs

The bed has too many cats on it. Think about it: If you were a dog, would you be brave enough to jump up on a bed that had already been claimed by a resting cat — or two? There’s good chance your dog’s nose might get swiped with those lethal claws. It’s easy to see why he would go sleep elsewhere.

The bed is too hot. Bodies generate heat. Our dogs already have body temperatures that are a few degrees higher than ours. Unless you keep the room temperature at 65 degrees or less (a typical recommendation for comfortable sleep for humans is 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), your dog may simply prefer a cool wood or tile floor or a dog bed that’s placed beneath an open window.

The bed is too soft. Just like humans, dogs may have sleep-surface preferences. A too-soft mattress may not offer enough support. And dogs with heart conditions such as mitral valve disease may find a bed uncomfortable as well. I’ve heard from some of my clients with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that as the disease progresses, their dogs prefer to sleep on a hard and/or cool surface such as the floor.

The bed is too small. Some dogs like to sprawl. When they have to share a bed with us, there’s just not enough room for them to get comfortable — at least not without kicking us in the face a few times before they get settled. And if we kick or shove them as we toss or turn in the night, dogs may well decide that the floor, sofa or other spot place is where they’d rather be.

Your Dog May Just Have Other Plans

I think lots of dogs view it as their job to protect us at night while we sleep. They sleep next to the bed or even in an outer room so that any intruders will have to get by them first. Sleeping in your bed might be akin to abandoning their post, and they wouldn’t want to let you down.

Some dogs just don’t like the bed. Dogs are den animals, some more than others. They like curling up in a small, enclosed, dark space. Your bed may simply be too open for your dog.

Other dogs will avoid the bed — unless something is wrong. My team member Christie Keith, who has sighthounds, says she has had two Scottish Deerhounds who never liked to get on the bed. Interestingly, though, both of them would get on the bed when they weren’t feeling well. “It was often one of the signs that something was seriously wrong,” she says.

Finally, your dog may just not want to choose one human’s bed over another — some dogs, I think, are too fair to play favorites. Sleeping in one person’s bed would mean slighting another family member, so instead they sleep in the hall so they can keep an eye on everyone. At least that’s the theory.

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Bed Manners for Fido: Keep Your Dog off the Bed

One common problem that most dog parents struggle with is bed manners. It seems like some of us try so hard to teach our dogs not to get on our beds but fail to reliably reach this goal. So I thought we could discuss some ways to help keep your dog off of your bed.

Get Everyone in Your Home on Board

The first thing that must be done is make sure everyone in the house is on board with the training. This means everyone must understand and follow these steps in order to be consistent. There must be a clear goal and clear guidelines put in place that everyone can follow. Once the plan has been made, it’s much easier to implement.

Like any behavior that you want to change, there are a few things that must be addressed in order to have success. We will break these down into the categories of behavior management, good behavior rewards, and bad behavior punishments. As long as you address these 3 categories you can succeed.

Behavior Management

Behavior management is very important when trying to fix problem behaviors. When working on bed manners, this means you must be able to set up scenarios to do the training. You’ll also need to make sure your dog doesn’t have free access to any bed but his own. Accomplishing this takes different methods that change if you’re home or not.

Training When You’re Home

  • Close the doors to all bedrooms.
  • Keep your dog on a leash inside so he cannot get to the bedrooms.
  • Maintain close supervision of your dog and call him immediately if he’s out of sight

Training When You’re Not Home

  • Keep your dog in a confined area away from the beds.
  • Close off all bedrooms.
  • Crate your dog while away.

These tips will help prevent your dog from getting on the bed when you’re not expecting it. This is the most important part of behavior management.

Training Rewards

With any training it’s important to have a valuable reward. This lets you communicate to your dog that he has done what you wanted from him. Rewarding good behaviors will increase the frequency in which they happen. Rewards are also a great way to keep the training fun and productive.

The reward you choose can be anything from food treats to a great toy or even a great belly rub. The reward you should choose is the one that your dog likes the most. Once you have this figured out, you can use it to help with the bed manners. After you establish a valuable reward, you must decide what type of punishment you will use.


Using an appropriate punishment can speed up any training process. Appropriate punishments do not need to be harsh or painful, but they do need to be unpleasant for your dog in order to be effective. Appropriate punishments for your dog jumping on the bed can be a verbal correction like a loud “No,” a squirt bottle with plain water, or even a loud annoying sound.

There are many types of punishment available and it is up to you to choose one that is acceptable. An appropriate punishment should be one that your dog dislikes enough to immediately stop the behavior but isn’t so strong that your dog runs away in fear. This is supposed to be a way of communicating to him that you do not like that behavior.

Training Setup

Setting up training scenarios is also a key aspect of management. Making sure you set yourself and your dog up to succeed will make the process much faster. You can do this with the following tips.

  • Choose 1 bed to work with at a time.
  • Have valuable rewards handy at the bed.
  • Have your appropriate punishment in mind.
  • Keep the distractions to a minimum inside the room.
  • Keep your dog on a leash if he will not let you grab his collar.

Once you have the training room set up, you should be able to control your dog the entire time he is around the bed. This brings us to the next phase of the training.

Training Steps

Once you have decided on a consequence and reward, you can bring everything together and start training.

  • Bring your dog into the bedroom.
  • Get your dog to jump up on the bed without inviting him, such as by sitting on it.
  • Immediately use your chosen punishment until your dog gets off the bed.
  • Immediately reward your dog the moment he jumps off the bed.
  • Repeat these steps until he is no longer jumping on the bed.

Continue to follow these directions until your dog no longer attempts to jump on the bed. At that point you can reward him when he decides not to jump on the bed. At this point you will need to do the same thing in every room of the house with a bed in it. You should start to see a huge improvement over a few days or weeks.

Remember that consistency is very important. And you must always control your dog’s access to the bedrooms. As long as you follow through with this, you’ll be able to communicate to your dog that he is no longer allowed to be on the beds. Stay motivated and you’ll be successful. Good luck!

Stop your dog from jumping up

Dogs greet each other nose-to-nose and want to do the same with us. Since our noses are not at their level, they jump up to reach them.

Does your dog jump on you as if they’ve got springs on their feet? Like it or not, we humans are to blame. We not only permit this behavior, we encourage it.

We know we shouldn’t encourage jumping, but a fuzzy puppy is just too cute to resist. We forget that cute behavior in a puppy can become a real nuisance when he grows up.

Allowing your dog to jump on people can be dangerous, too. You can end up scratched and bruised. A child or frail adult can be knocked down and seriously injured.

Solving a behavior problem like jumping requires both management of the situation and training your dog.


Management means you must control the situation so your dog doesn’t have the opportunity to jump up. Use management techniques until your dog is adequately trained not to jump.

As an example, let’s take the dog that jumps on visitors. To manage your dog’s behavior, you could do one of the following before your guest arrives:

  • Put your dog in their crate.
  • Confine them in another room.
  • Restrain your dog on a leash.

This will prevent the jumping while they are learning proper behavior.


Teach your dog that they receive no attention for jumping on you or anyone else.

Teach your dog to do something that is incompatible with jumping up, such as sitting. They can’t sit and jump up at the same time. If they are not sitting, they get no attention.

It is important to be consistent. Everyone in your family must follow the training program all the time. You can’t let your dog jump on people in some circumstances, but not others.

Training techniques: When your dog…

Jumps on other people:

  • Ask a family member or friend to assist with training. Your assistant must be someone your dog likes and wants to greet. Your dog should never be forced to greet someone who scares them.
  • Give your dog the “sit” command. (This exercise assumes your dog already knows how to “sit.”)
  • The greeter approaches you and your dog. If your dog stands up, the greeter immediately turns and walks away.
  • Ask your dog to “sit,” and have the greeter approach again.
  • Keep repeating until your dog remains seated as the greeter approaches.
  • If your dog does remain seated, the greeter can give your dog a treat as a reward.

When you encounter someone while out walking your dog, you must manage the situation and train your dog at the same time.

  • Stop the person from approaching by telling them you don’t want your dog to jump.
  • Hand the person a treat.
  • Ask your dog to “sit.”
  • Tell the person they can pet your dog and give them the treat as long as your dog remains seated.

Some people will tell you they don’t mind if your dog jumps on them, especially if your dog is small and fluffy or a puppy. But you should mind. Remember you need to be consistent in training. If you don’t want your dog to jump on people, stick to your training and don’t make exceptions.

Jumps on you when you come in the door:

  • Keep greetings quiet and low-key.
  • If your dog jumps on you, ignore them. Turn and go out the door.
  • Try again. You may have to come in and go out dozens of times before your dog learns they only gets your attention when they keep all four feet on the floor.

Jumps on you when you’re sitting:
If you are sitting and your dog jumps up on you, stand up. Don’t talk to your dog or push them away. Just ignore them until all four feet are on the ground.

Dog Training: No More Puppies Jumping on the Bed – For Love of Cats and Dogs

Reader Question about Dog Training: Some dog trainers say dogs must sleep on the floor – I like my dog to sleep on my bed with me. Do you think it’s okay that I let my dog sleep on the bed, or should I keep him off?

When training your dog or puppy, your dog should learn to wait for permission to get on your bed. If your dog is up on the bed before you allow him to be, ask him to get off, and then call your puppy onto the bed again in a few seconds. You may need to teach “off” at a separate time so you can use the cue when you need it – this will help keep your dog off of the couch or other furniture as well. If a dog hasn’t learned “off” I like to use treats to lure the dog off the bed, and then reward with the treat. Then, pat the bed to signal that you give permission to your dog to jump up. No need for puppy treats when getting on the bed – the bed is the treat.

Until a puppy is housetrained, he should sleep in a crate to prevent accidents. After your puppy is reliably housetrained, if you want to let your dog jump up on your bed do teach him the rules. For more info on training your dog to use a crate, check out this video from the dog training book, For Love of Dogs, on how to crate train a puppy.

Also, keep in mind how big your puppy will be when grown. I have a client who rescued a lab puppy and while working on dog training with them they told me a story that’s more common than you’d think. When the puppy was very young and very small, the prior family let her sleep on the bed. She’s now 90 pounds and in the middle of the night, she sneaks up onto the bed. Someone has to wake up, get her down and back to her own place….or let her stay! The message is, when dog training, think ahead.

Paula Sunday, author of the dog behavior book ARL Iowa For Love of Dogs specializes in offering support to dog owners and teaching them positive training techniques. She offers answers to dog behavior questions, tips on understanding dogs’ needs and communication, and helps humans bond with their pets to keep them in their homes forever.

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Off the Furniture

Victoria Schade

Dogs like to get comfortable when they take a break, so when they see the opportunity to snuggle up on a soft couch it often proves to be too great a temptation to resist. There’s nothing wrong with allowing your dog to hang out with you on the couch, but not everyone enjoys sharing the space with their furry best friend. Unfortunately, once your dog has a taste for the good life it can feel like an endless battle to try to keep him off the couch. The following tips will show you how to keep your dog off the furniture and help him understand where he should hang out instead.

To Share or Not to Share?

The decision to allow your dog on the furniture is a personal one. If you don’t mind some extra fur and occasional muddy paw prints on your cushions, it’s a fine way to spend quality time with your best friend. However, there is an important exception: the dog who thinks that he owns the couch. If your dog has ever growled or snapped at you to maintain his spot on the furniture, or gets surly when you try to move him over, it’s time for his couch privileges to end. Address your dog’s location guarding issues with a professional and then reassess if it’s appropriate to reintroduce couch privileges post-training.

Start Off on the Right Paw

Consistency is important in keeping your dog off the furniture. Make sure that everyone in the household agrees to the “no dogs allowed” policy, because part-time privileges make it harder for your dog to understand the rules. It’s best to keep your dog off the couch from the very beginning, even when he’s a tiny puppy, because it’s much more difficult to un-train the behavior once your dog has gotten used to it.

A Place of His Own

If you opt to keep your dog off the couch, make sure to provide him with a comfy alternative. Instead of giving your dog a flat pad-style dog bed, select a donut bed that has a bolster, which gives him something to lean up against. Keep the bed close to where you hang out and consider investing in a few beds so that your dog has a home base in all of your primary living spaces, like the kitchen, bedroom and family room. You can make his special bed even more enticing by frequently anchoring a treat-stuffed toy to it. Attach a thin rope to a hard rubber toy, fill it with peanut butter or treats, then tie the rope to a nearby table leg or other piece of heavy furniture that’s close to your dog’s bed. Your dog will soon understand that delicious things happen when he hangs out on his bed!

Management Techniques for Keeping Dogs Off Furniture

Does your dog jump on the couch the minute you leave the house? The best way to deal with the stealth sitter is to make furniture inaccessible and less enticing. Keep your dog off the couch by placing a baby gate or two flat on top of furniture, pulling the cushions up so that they’re vertical, placing empty laundry baskets on the cushions or stacking books near the edge of the couch. You can also consider a commercially available pet-safe “scat mat” that makes a shrill noise when your dog touches it. (Mats that deliver a shock to keep your dog off the couch aren’t recommended, however. There’s no need to train with pain.) An inexpensive alternative is to purchase a car floor mat and place it upside down on your furniture. The gripping “teeth” on the bottom of it will make the couch feel prickly and uncomfortable.

Training Your Dog to Get Off the Couch

So, you busted your dog on the couch, oblivious and dreaming. It’s time to teach him the “off” cue, a dog-friendly way to get your dog to move from the furniture. Take a small treat and throw it on the ground a few feet away from the couch where your dog is resting. Say “off” and make a sweeping hand gesture as your dog moves from the couch. Saying the cue as your dog is doing the movement is a way of creating an association between his action and the cue – you’re basically teaching your dog English (and sign language)! If possible, immediately lead your dog to his bed and give him a treat and lots of praise for going to his bed instead of the couch. Always make sure to acknowledge your dog any time he opts to sleep on his own bed instead of the furniture.

Some dog training advice suggests encouraging your dog to get up on the furniture in order to work on the “off” cue. While this will certainly help to help your dog learn the “off” cue, it might teach him an accidental lesson as well. Clever dogs often make the association between getting up on the couch in order to get a reward for getting off, and they might jump up on the furniture more frequently in an effort get you to use the “off” cue and give him treats. Though it can take longer to look for naturally occurring opportunities to work on the “off” cue, it’s less likely to teach your dog an accidental “up then off” lesson.

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Training Your Dog Out Of Sleeping On Your Bed

Many of us are perfectly happy to sleep with our dogs in the bed with us, but for others, this is not deemed appropriate. While it can be warm, comforting and pleasant for both dog and person to share a bed space, it is not without its various risks as well. Having your dog in your bed with you can lead to the additional presence of fleas, bacteria, dirt, and various other bugs and nasties cuddling up with you as well, and also of course, you run the risk of a blurring of the lines between your position as alpha and your dog’s role in your pack.

Even if you like to share your own bed with your dog, it is strongly advised to never let your dog sleep in your children’s bed, however much both dog and child may wish to! However, if your dog has gotten used to sleeping on your bed or another bed in the house that you now do not wish them to be on, it can be tricky to teach them that they are no longer allowed on to some or all of the beds. But, if you go about things in the right way, it is entirely possible to teach even a dog that is set in their ways that they are not allowed onto the beds, or that certain beds are out of bounds to them!

Read on for our advice on training your dog out of sleeping on your bed.

Make sure your dog has a viable alternative

First of all, if you want your dog to sleep away from your own bed, make sure he has a viable alternative! If your dog is not permitted to sleep on your bed, have you made provision for him to sleep somewhere else? You should provide a dedicated bed for your dog that is soft, well padded, comfortable, not too small and not too large, somewhere warm and away from drafts, and that is generally pleasant for your dog to use.

This bed can be placed in the bedroom that you are training your dog in, even if only while you are getting your dog used to not sleeping on your own beds while you ultimately wish to stop them from sleeping in the bedroom altogether.

Teach your dog to obey the “off” or “no” command

Once your dog has got used to sleeping on your bed, it can be hard to know how to convey to them that the bed is now out of bounds without seeming harsh. It is important to be firm about removing your dog from the bed, and an important part of this is teaching your dog a command for “no” or “off,” and achieving their compliance with it. This command need not be specific to getting off the bed, and is a vital command that is useful in all manner of situations.

Command your dog off the bed, give them a treat, and then keep them off the bed by repeating the process until your dog stops trying to jump onto the bed and finds another place to sleep.

Show your dog to their alternative, and make it appealing to them

If your dog wants to rest and you keep commanding them off the bed, this might prove confusing to them until they make the associations in their heads between sleep and using their designated bed away from your own. Show your dog to their own bed if they do not seek it out on their own after a couple of attempts to get onto your bed, and settle them down in it, praising warmly and possibly offering a treat.

Do not bend the rules

There is no way to allow your dog to sleep on your bed sometimes but not others, or at least, not without confusing your dog, which will cause them stress and upset. Do not let your dog sleep on your bed sometimes but not at others, and ensure that they cannot get onto your bed themselves when you are not there to supervise them. When you are out, close your dog out of the bedroom if they cannot be trusted to stay off your bed when your back is turned, and close your dog out of your room at night if they wait until you are asleep and then gradually creep into bed with you!

Make sure that your children are also aware of the new status quo and do not sabotage your training regime when you are not looking! Children and dogs do have a tendency to make excellent partners in crime when they have the same goal and both want to get their way, so it is important to explain to your child why allowing your dog into a bed at some times but not at others is ultimately unfair on the dog.

Pieter Estersohn

I want to train my dog to stay off my bed, but he keeps jumping back on. Usually at 5 a.m.! Why does he do this?

Because he can. Most dogs who jump on the bed while you’re sleeping have been allowed to do so at other points during the day, either because of your inconsistency (“The dog is on the bed again, but I’m late for work”), familial sabotage (“Daddy’s away on a business trip, so you can sleep here until he comes home”), or by design (“I just want to snuggle with my puppy for a while”). You will have to first train him to not jump on the bed at any time — day or night. Confining him to a crate or another room works well, but watch out: dogs consider a sofa to be the next best thing to a human’s bed. Provide a dog bed or blanket that fills his need for a comfortable night’s sleep. If his issue is that he misses your companionship, give him a few extra-special “good night” toys to distract him from loneliness. The final step is teaching your dog where he should sleep at night. When you remove a behavior from your dog’s repertoire — whether it’s digging, barking, or jumping on the bed — you’re creating a hole in his routine. If you don’t fill the hole with something you want him to do, he’ll replace it with something equally entertaining. To him. So if you only teach him not to jump on your bed at night, he may decide to hop up on someone else’s bed. Worse, he may become restless and decide to take up chewing as his newest hobby. Prevention is the key here.

How to Keep Your Dog off Your Bed

Many pet parents have been there. You brought home a cute little puppy, and he or she was scared to be left alone at night. Like any compassionate, feeling person, you let the poor puppy cuddle up in bed with you at night so that they feel safe and warm. But now, that puppy is a dog. A big, messy, furry dog with bad breath, shedding fur, and dreams that make him whine and chase rabbits in their sleep. You’ve tried several of the best dog beds, but nothing tempts them out of your bed for long. Now, the bed that was once your sanctuary, is being shared with a big furry bed hog—or bed dog—and it’s time to get them out. But, how do you go about it?

Of course, the best way to keep a dog out of your bed is to have never ever let them in the bed in the first place, but obviously it’s too late for that if this pattern has already been established. And don’t feel badly. It’s not just you. About half of pet owners allow their pets to sleep with them, and it’s only a problem if it’s not working for you. So, what do you do now? Is it too late to teach an old dog a new trick?

What Happens When Your Dog Sleeps in Your Bed Instead of any of the Best Dog Beds You’ve Desperately Tried to Tempt Him With?

If you’ve had trouble breaking your dog of their sleeping (with you) habits, should you just suck it up and let sleeping dogs lie?

According to pet experts, the answer is no. While many people let their dogs sleep with them and are fine with it, if you dislike having to nudge Grover to move over all night long, then by allowing him to continue to sleep with you, you might be inadvertently telling your dog that he is at the top of the pack hierarchy in your home. It should always be you at the top and not your dog. If your dog is becoming overly possessive about their spot in your bed, it can be a sign that your leadership is being undermined and you should take back the position of head of the pack. According to expert dog trainer, Cesar Millan, dogs are less anxious when they know their place in the pack at home, and that should never be at the top.

The best dog beds can help both you and your dog to get better sleep, and the question of who is the leader of the pack can also be put to rest. Unfortunately, it may not be as simple as just putting them out of the room and closing the door.

How to Put Your Dog Back in Their Place (Their Own Dog Bed)

First pay attention to how your dog prefers to sleep. Does he/she mostly curl up in a ball? Stretch out on their back with paws up in the air? The best dog beds are ones that allow pets to sleep comfortably in whatever their favorite position is.

Next, be sure to place the bed in a place that’s comfortable, away from drafts and somewhere that is familiar to your dog. Depending on your personal preference, you could place the dog bed in your bedroom so your dog can remain close, or you can move them out of the room completely.

Then, place some of your dog’s favorite toys on or around the dog’s bed.

For the first several nights, take your dog for a long walk and maybe even play with them for a bit. Wearing them out before bedtime will help them to sleep through the night with less chance of your dog objecting to their new sleeping arrangement.

Then, lead your dog to the best dog bed you found for their sleeping position, and reward them with a treat when they get on the bed. Say, “Go to your bed!” in a commanding voice when you lead them to the bed so they learn what this command means. Every time the dog gets out of the bed, say, “No!” and lead them back to it, repeating the command, “Go to your bed!” Begin giving them a reward only if they lay back down on the bed.

You will probably still be subjected to some whining and pawing at your door for a while, but according to pet training experts, it’s best to put in some earplugs and completely ignore the whining. Giving the dog any kind of attention will reward the behavior. If you think your dog is whining because she or he may need a trip outdoors to go to the bathroom, lead the dog directly back to the dog bed afterwards and reward once they get on it.

Be Consistent with Your Canine

If you want your dog to stay off your bed, make sure he or she isn’t allowed to sleep there during the day either. Otherwise, they may get the idea that they’re allowed to sleep on your bed when you aren’t in it. When you aren’t home, keep your bedroom door closed.

Consistency is key. Don’t confuse your dog by deciding to allow them to join you in bed on a night that you feel lonely or need comforting from your loyal friend. Instead, you can cuddle with your dog elsewhere before you go off to your bed and they go off to the best dog bed you could find for your pooch.

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How to Train Your Dog to Sleep in Its Own Bed

Dogs are pack animals. When your family adopts a dog, you become members of his or her “pack.” A common behavior of pack animals is that they sleep together for protection and bonding. Knowing this, it makes sense that your dog wants to be as close to you as possible throughout the night. While some pet owners enjoy the closeness, others don’t want to share precious pillow space with their four-legged friends.

For some pet owners, allergies prohibit this arrangement. For others, the idea of dog hair, dander, or (heaven forbid!) fleas is enough to cause nightly nightmares. Some dogs are too big to share your space, and some are annoying—always trying to sleep on your head, or stretching out to push you near the bed’s edge. Frankly, some people just want the bed a sacred place where they can stretch out, move, and get up during the night.

Regardless of your reason for restricting your dog’s sleeping arrangements, you can help him or her understand where the appropriate sleeping space is. You may want to start with crate training and use the crate as your dog’s primary bed. If you desire, you can also give your dog bedding to use in the bedroom or in other rooms of the house.

Crate Training

Dogs naturally seek a small, cozy space in which to curl up and sleep. These den-like spaces provide safety and security in the dog’s mind. A dog crate simulates a den that a dog (or any canine species) would create in the wild. It should be just big enough for the dog to stand, turn, and lie down in—so get a crate that fits your dog. You should introduce your dog to the crate in a non-threatening manner. Insert bedding and toss in a few scrumptious CANIDAE® dog treats. Leave the door open and let your dog explore the crate.

When your dog starts to go to the crate to lie down, shut the door for short periods of time—start with a half an hour, then let him or her out. Next time, extend to an hour…working up to eight-hour shifts. The crate can also be used during house training, but be careful with puppies that need to eliminate during the night. An adult dog should be able to sleep through the night without going outside, but dogs mature at different rates. During the first year, carefully monitor your dog’s patterns for urinating and defecating.

When your dog is trained, bring the crate into the bedroom and use it at night. If your dog gets restless or whiney, cover the crate with a blanket for darkness, but make sure your dog is getting sufficient air.

Fancy Beds

If your dog can be trusted not to climb under your blankets at night, he or she can sleep on an open bed. Start by placing your dog on the dog bed and have him or her do a down/stay on the bed. Keep your dog on the bed for short periods and release. Teach your dog to “go to bed” and stay firm with your command. Do not allow your dog to visit you in bed, or he or she will become very confused.

Teaching your dog to sleep in his or her own bed requires a mastery of the basic commands mentioned above, like down/stay. For further reading on training your dog, read our article on, “7 Basic Commands Every Dog Should Know.”