How to Train Your Puppy to Sleep in a Dog Bed

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When you first by your puppy home, it might have seemed like a good idea to let him sleep next to you. You’re not alone, since nearly 56 percent of all dog owners sleep with their dog on the bed. Small and cuddly, he didn’t take up much room and probably didn’t whine often with you nearby. However, once you’re fighting for bed space with claws and teeth, it might not be so fun. Don’t worry, you can train your puppy to sleep in a dog bed, but it might take some time and effort.

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1. Make Your Dog Comfortable

Since you’re not going to sleep with your pup, you might as well offer him a comfortable alternative. Dog beds come in many designs. While your dog can’t tell you what he likes, just make sure it has plenty of padding and is big enough to encapsulate all of him. Would you like to sleep with your head and feet hanging off the bed? Neither does your pet (okay, we know a few who might, but still, it should be big enough).

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2. Time It Right

Everyone’s cranky a bedtime, including your dog. Start training during the day when everyone’s fresh and ready to pay attention.

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3. Get Your Treats and Leash Ready

It’s best to start with a leash to give you better control in case your dog doesn’t want to obey. Set up the dog bed in your living room. With treats in hand, take your dog to the bed and say, “go to bed” or whatever phrase you want to use then make him lie down. Don’t be stingy with the treats. If he obeys, reward him right away. Of course, if he’s tugging on the leash or refusing to lie down, you’ll need to start again.

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4. Make Him Stay

Make him stay on the bed for a few seconds before allowing him up. The next time you give the command, make him stay on the bed longer. If he tries to get up say, “no.” Incrementally increase the time you make him stay on the dog bed. (Don’t forget the treats! Keep them coming for everything your dog does right.)

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