How to wean a dog to jump on the bed?
They say that over time the owners become like their dogs. Or maybe it’s the other way around, and are the dogs starting to resemble us? What do you think? Indeed, some pets with enviable persistence adopt our behavior. For example, they prefer to sleep on the bed (and everything is as it should be: with your head on the pillow), while ignoring the bed and the disapproval of the owner? Of course, there will be those who say: “What is the matter with this? Let the dog sleep on the bed. ” But in this case, most likely, it will be about the toy terrier who just took a bath, and not about Russell, who just a minute ago explored the corners of his beloved park. Or not about a long-haired collie during molting, agree? More often than not, the dog’s stubborn efforts to climb onto the master’s bed really turn into a problem. However, with the right approach, it is very easy to solve. Take note of our helpful tips!
Do not accustom your dog to bed. Many problems are easier to prevent than to fix. This is true in our case. From the first days of the dog’s appearance in the house, teach her to lie down and in no case take him to bed. After all, if today you decide to “pamper” your pet a bit and give him a place on your pillow, then jumping onto the bed tomorrow, he sincerely will not understand what you are unhappy with. Remember, the most effective way to wean a dog from jumping onto a bed or other furniture is to initially not accustom it to this.
Get the perfect couch. Offer your pet a worthy alternative to a bed – a couch, on which it will be warm and comfortable. To achieve the effect, the bed should be made of good material and ideally fit the dog in size and shape. It is very important to equip a place in a quiet part of the apartment, without high traffic and drafts. In our blog you can read in more detail about why the dog needs a couch and how to choose the right model.
Distract the dog with toys and treats. To distract the pet’s attention from the owner’s bed, offer him special toys and solid treats. For greater effect, put them directly on the couch. Thus, the dog will develop pleasant associations with its place, and it will get used to it.
Put your thing on the bench. One more plus to pleasant associations with a couch. Many dogs jump onto the bed, not because they are comfortable there, but because they miss their beloved owners, and the bed retains their smell. If your pet is often left alone, put some of your things (for example, a T-shirt) on his bed – so a faithful four-legged friend in your absence will be less lonely.
How to wean a dog to jump on the bed?
Teach your dog the command “Do not!”. When you see that the dog is about to jump onto the bed, clearly name her nickname and say “No!” If the pet does not respond well to voice commands, reinforce the “no” with a treat or a toy. Your main goal at this stage is to attract the attention of the dog and prevent it from jumping onto the bed. Continue to educate and train, so that in the future your pet will execute commands without additional incentives (in the form of goodies, etc.).
Limit access to the bed. Perhaps the most effective way to prevent the dog from jumping onto the bed is to close the bedroom door. The bottom line is that the pet, without seeing the bed and not tempted to jump on it, after some time will completely forget about it. And do not succumb to provocations! The dog may whine mournfully outside the door and ask for you. Yes, especially at night. Your task is to bravely withstand the onslaught (and it can last several days) and completely ignore such behavior. Only then will the dog understand that its measures are useless, and will go to sleep sweetly on its bed. But if you can not resist and open the door or even just shout at the dog – be sure that the quest is lost! Having obtained your attention (not so important, positive or negative), the pet will conclude that its mournful behavior has worked and will continue to resort to it.
Evoke unpleasant associations with the bed. Remember, above we said how important it is to instill a dog with pleasant associations with a couch? The same thing, just the opposite, you need to do with your bed. In short, the pet must make sure that the master bed is completely unpleasant. What do you need to do for this? For example, to cover a bed with oilcloth, rustling newspapers or bags. Yes, of course, all this is not very convenient, but effective. Having jumped several times onto the “prepared” bed and having experienced not the most pleasant sensations from it, the dog will soon abandon his venture, and there will no longer be a need for rustling constructions.
We hope our tips will help you in the upbringing of the household. Try and share reviews in the comments on the website or on social networks. Also love your pets. Despite gaps in behavior, they deserve it!