Why do dogs sleep under the bed
Why do dogs sleep under the bed? Why do so many of them love to be held and comforted, and yet why do they bark so much? We are beginning to unravel the meaning of these seemingly unrelated things.
To the dog, the bed is the best place to be — he is in a warm, safe place, and everything in the house is his playpen. Dogs are not born that way, however, and it takes years for a dog to become that contented.
Anxiety is the key. If your dog is a very anxious and sensitive pup, he may not care what's in his bed — all he wants to do is find a safe place to hide. Once a puppy, an anxious dog learns to associate the bed with safety, and you may find it in his bed, as soon as he comes in from the cold.
If you've adopted a stressed-out puppy, you may see signs of his fear immediately, and he may try to hide in the closet or in another safe place. This puppy may also need to be taught a calming and comforting routine (such as being given a treat in bed, or having his legs and arms petted) to help him adjust to bedtime.
Anxiety does not disappear, either. When an older dog is afrd, he will be more likely to be anxious around the bed, even if he never had a problem before. This is because he associates the bed with his fear.
There are many things that can cause anxiety in dogs. Sometimes it's from overprotecting a puppy, sometimes it's a fearful situation, sometimes it's because they have lost a friend or another loved one, and sometimes it's because they miss their owner. Other things can create anxiety, such as a loud room with a lot of activity or an unsafe place.
You can help ease a puppy's anxiety and help them get used to the bed by following these tips:
1. Try to avoid using the bed for bedtime, use it only for naps.
2. Never use the bed if you can't guarantee that your puppy will sleep well there.
3. It's very important to have a bed that you know your puppy will enjoy using. Choose a bed that doesn't produce any strange smells, or will produce a strange smell if chewed.
4. Don't use your puppy's bed until he's used to sleeping on the floor in it. Even the most well-behaved and well-trned dog will prefer to sleep on the floor.
5. If you give your puppy a comfortable bedtime crate (described in the next section), he won't feel the need to hide in his bed. If you have a place to put your puppy when he needs to rest, he'll have no need to try to hide in a place where you won't find him.
6. Don't force your puppy to sleep in his bed. You can gently coax him toward it and let him follow you into it, but don't try to force him into the bed or make him crawl into it.
Crates are commonly used for short-term trning in the home and for long-term trning in an animal shelter, rescue, or trning facility. In puppy school, we usually keep puppies in crates and in the house for a few days. As puppies grow, they learn more and more tricks, and they move to larger trning crates and rooms in the house. Eventually, they spend their whole lives in their crates at night or in their kennels while in their trning classes and before boarding at the shelter.
In this section, I share three techniques to help you crate trn your puppy. Each section is explned below and offers options and detls on how to carry out each technique.
Teaching A Puppy to Sleep in His Crate
One of the best things you can do for a puppy is to keep him safe and comfortable in his crate. It's so important to establish a routine for your puppy that includes crate time. The first few times you put your puppy in his crate, he's likely to make a bit of a fuss. It's natural. But if you're consistent and start with five minutes at a time, it will soon become routine and the crate will become his comfy place.
Keep the following three things in mind when teaching your puppy to sleep in his crate:
1. **Put him in the crate before you go to bed.** Most puppies will sleep in the crate for one to three hours after you put them there. If you have a puppy who just can't seem to settle down after he's been in his crate for a few minutes, don't force him. Try it the next night and the night after that.
2. **Leave the lights on.** Some dogs prefer the dark, but others are more comfortable if the lights are on. If your puppy is a light sleeper, he might not like it if you turn the lights off and you'll have to be sensitive to his needs. If you need to put him to sleep, turn off the lights, but don't cover up the crate opening with a towel or blanket. This will prevent him from escaping.
3. **Provide him with appropriate toys.** Your puppy can make himself some toys to play with in his crate. You can purchase a crate toy or you can have some homemade ones. I share with you my best homemade crate toys in Chapter 4.
The crate is also a great place to give your puppy a bath.
Puppies aren't very good at staying dry in the bath tub, so give your puppy a sponge bath in his crate. You can use a spray bottle or use your hand to wash him. I like to use warm water and dish soap. It's a great bonding moment for you and your puppy. When your puppy is older, it's fun to teach him how to take a bath. I offer a simple technique to teach your puppy how to clean the ears in Chapter 12.
Keep in mind that puppies get dirty when they're playing and you have to keep them clean so that they don't get colds and germs. You need to clean out the puppy's crate after he's been in it for a while. The same principle applies when you take your puppy for a walk. When he starts to soil the bed, have him lie down in his crate.
* Don't let your puppy eat or drink in the crate. You can put a food dish there, but most puppies prefer to eat their meals in the kitchen.
* Let your puppy sleep in his crate if you don't want to bring him into the bedroom. You can also crate him in your closet or bathroom if you're going to be gone for a while.
* If you're in a hurry, go ahead and give him his feeding and let him go to sleep in the crate. Then you can go to bed.
* After you finish your bath, don't let your puppy sleep in the crate, as he might make the bedding dirty agn.
* You can always put your puppy in the bathroom to go to the bathroom. The crate has more area than a toilet. If your puppy doesn't have an accident, the rest of the bedding doesn't get dirty, and you can let him know he can't go to sleep in the crate. If your puppy does need to go to the bathroom, be sure to give him plenty of prse. He's learning that it's okay to use the bathroom outside of his crate.
## Teaching your puppy to use his crate
Your puppy needs to understand the concept of going to his crate to relieve himself. To help him do this, you need