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PetsTraining Your Dog to Stay Off Your BedThe only way to teach him to get down and stay down is consistency. Pieter EstersohnAdvertisement - Continue Reading BelowI want to train my dog to stay off my bed, but he keeps jumping back on. Find out why I recommend that dog and owner sleep in separate beds, how to train your dog to sleep in his own bed, and tips on buying the perfect dog bed. In a situation where you have owned the dog for years and he begins to be unruly or disobedient, you may need to re-establish yourself as leader.
To train your dog to sleep in his own bed, choose a time that is not nighttime, and work in a room that is not your bedroom. Place the bed in the room, possibly the living room, and drop a favorite toy onto it to make it more appealing.
If he likes to curl up in a tight ball, an enclosed round or oval bed will be what he enjoys most.

To further encourage your dog to sleep on his own bed, you can put a couple of favorite toys on or near it, or possibly a shirt that smells like you. When your dog becomes comfortable with his bed, he will go to it on his own — and all your work with be well worth it! Turn your bed back into the retreat it should be with some help from dog trainer Kathy Santo.
Although this may be what you prefer, consider allowing the dog to sleep separate from you on a comfortable dog bed on the floor — especially if you are seeing behavior problems.
When you insist that your dog not be on the bed, offer a comfortable dog bed for him to sleep on. If you are making a new rule where the dog is not allowed on your bed, position his own right next to yours so you can stroke him and encourage him to stay calm. When you allow a dog to sleep on the bed next to you and a clear hierarchy has not been set, he may infer that he is above or equal to you.

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").
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. 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.

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