Post # 1
We have a 7 month old puppy who is incredibly smart and very attached and lovey (specifically to me). He is completely house trained and is allowed on our couch and bed, but he sleeps in a crate next to my side of the bed at night. I would be OK with him sleeping in bed with us if I wasn’t such a light sleeper and if he didn’t feel the need to sprawl out on top of my face all night, lol.
We’ve tried putting a playpen around his bed, and he just jumped over it and onto our bed. He has no problem sleeping in his crate, but he definitely prefers being close to us whenever he can. He follows me from room to room and will jump up on the couch/bed whenever I’m on one of them.
Has anyone successfully gotten their dog to sleep in their own bed next to theirs or have any advice on how to go about this?
Post # 2
Our dog has never been allowed on furniture or tried, but I think it’s like any other training. Correct the behavior immediately and consistantly. I think it’ll just take persistance on your part to take him off the bed and put him back in his bed everytime he jumps up in the middle of the night and associate a command with it (and maybe even during the day to enforce a solid rule that the bed is not for him). He should soon get the idea that he is not to sleep in the bed.
Post # 3
You just have to be consistent. Teach “off” and tell him to go to his bed each time he does so, and give him a treat. I would have your bed be completely off limits for him until he has gotten out of the habit for a good while. That way he won’t be confused – dogs don’t get conditional things very easily. After that I’d consider allowing him up on the bed on command, but I wouldn’t worry about that for now.
Post # 4
Just create a phrase (“Go to your bed”), and whenever he jumps on yours, relocate him while saying the phrase you’ve chosen. It will take a while, but repetition works. Since you’re a light sleeper, consistency should be no problem. If he starts getting up out of his bed at night and wandering, he may not be ready for his freedom yet. I have a 9 month old puppy, and he still sleeps in his crate. He’s smart, but he doesn’t believe in sleeping in. So, he’ll be in his crate until he learns what my other dogs know: Sleep time is until mom wakes up, and until then, quiet and still. 😉
Post # 5
andielle : Agreed. You have to be consistent and maybe teach him BED or some other word that means his own spot. Consistency is key with dog training. I’m a light sleeper too and one of my dogs had all 4 paws jammed in my back the other night. LOL!
Post # 6
When I crate trained my dog when I figured she was finally good enough to not be in it while I was home I put her NEW bed in the crate while leaving the door open… I always used the term GO TO BED when putting her in her crate… so the transition to a bed alone hapenned quite easily.
Post # 7
A little confused why you wouldn’t want him in his crate at night? You can get some pretty nice padding etc.. to make it super comfy, if that’s the worry.
Post # 8
amanda1988 : He has a nicer bed than I do, haha. No real reason except that the crate is just large and bulky in our small bedroom and I would like to give him the option to move to the floor if he gets hot, stretch out more, etc.
Post # 9
andielle : oh yeah, i hear you on that. You know what we did to clear up floorspace in our bedroom? We actually bought our girl a slightly smaller crate (still pretty big for her size) so that it would fit in to our closet! We leave the closet door open at night and she is only a couple feet from the bed (not a huge bedroom!) and has us in clear view so she’s content to sleep there but it also means that no one is tripping over her crate at night. we close the closet during the day (at least, when we have guests over, hah) so there’s no eyesore. 🙂
Post # 10
amanda1988 : Such a smart idea!! My side of the bed is actually only a few feet from the closest, I’ll have to look into that!
Post # 11
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andielle : I can’t give proper advice without puppy pictures.
Our dog usually starts off in his own bed and at some point usually ends up in our bed when he gets cold or lonely, I assume haha. It did take me some time to adjust, but now I’m able to manuever around him in my sleep and not be bothered by it.
Post # 12
stephanie091512 : I tried to uplaod one earlier, but for some reason it wasn’t working! Here is our sweet boy.
Post # 13
Sooo cute! We thought about this when our puppy was about 1 year old. I think we tried for a night or two and gave up haha. So he still sleeps in his crate at age 5. And honestly now that we are having our first baby I am so glad that he still sleeps in his crate. Thinking about dealing with him waking up every time the baby does in the middle of the night and jumping on us is not ideal. Also I find he tends to be quieter in his crate whereas if he is in our room say, while we are napping, he tends to be in guard mode which leads to more barking.
Good luck in whatever you decide to do!