Help For a Dog Who Sleeps in Bed
Making gradual changes can help train your dog to sleep in her crate, rather than your bed.
Q. I’m hoping you can help me with our French Bulldog. She is 16 months old and has slept in our bed from day one. How can I stop this behavior I started?
A. If she has already been crate trained, put some comfortable bedding in the crate and set it next to you on your bed. At bedtime, gently put your Frenchie in her crate with a chew toy she likes. Close the crate door and get into bed. Do this calmly and matter-of-factly – don’t make a huge deal of it. Playing some music may help calm her.
Chances are she’ll think an awful mistake has been made and will let you know she’s not pleased. Let her smell your palm against the crate door and talk to her soothingly.
Do this for several nights, until she accepts this change. Then take her crate off your bed and place it next to your bed. Put her crate on a chair or other study object, to raise it to the height of your bed. After a few more nights, you should be able to place the crate on the floor next to your bed.
Making this change gradually, as described above, will help ease the transition for your Frenchie and help keep her from feeling lonely sleeping in her own bed.
Once she’s become accustomed to having her own bed (in her crate), you should be able to transition her fairly easily to sleeping on a dog bed or in an armchair instead of the crate.
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