Sponsored Post: How to Get Your Dog to Sleep in His Own Bed
So many dog owners run out and buy a host of items in anticipation of the new family arrival. Once the dog arrives all the rules you were thinking of goes out the window, maybe you think the puppy is too young to sleep on his own, it’s his first night away from his mother or you just feel guilty banishing him to his own bed which you just spent a lot of money on at the pet shop.
There are a couple of things you need to bear in mind, remembering that with the right training, your dogs bed will be a place of comfort and security, enabling him to sleep throughout the night without any problems.
Dog Beds Size
The very first thing you need to do when heading out to buy dog beds is to ensure you buy a bed that is big enough. If you’ve purchased an eight week old puppy which is going to grow into a large dog, looking at large dog beds from the start will ensure the bed will be big enough as he grows and you won’t need to constantly be replacing it.
Buying dog beds that meet the size needs of your dog from the first also means he had the same bed throughout his life, a bed he is comfortable with and knows, has all the smells he is familiar with making it easier for him to use it night after night.
There is no problem if you choose for your dog to sleep in the same room as you, but you need to ensure that dog beds are placed away from ‘foot’ traffic. Don’t place the bed in front of the wardrobe which you need to open on a regular basis.
Often dog beds are better placed out of the way, maybe the kitchen or utility room. Don’t feel guilty that your dog is far away from you at night, once he’s used to the comfort of his bed, he will be happy to sleep in his own little sanctuary each night.
From the start make the bed as comfortable as possible; add some comfortable dog bedding and a favourite toy to encourage your dog to use the bed. Most dogs love something soft to sleep on, so finding the right bedding can make the world of difference when you start teaching your dog where they must sleep.
Comfortable dog bedding can be blankets and pillows; things that are soft and appealing to the dog that makes him want to use his bed.
Training and Repetition
Now comes the hard part, getting your dog used to his bed. So many owners make the mistake of not keeping strong when it comes to getting dogs to sleep in their own space.
Start by carrying or leading your dog to the dog bed when it is time for bed and tell them to “go to your bed” or “go to bed”. Each time you lead them back to the dog bed, give them the same command.
When they leave the bed and cry, lead them back giving the same command. Eventually it will sink in as with any training and your dog will know when given the command it’s time for bed and he will also know you do come back in the morning.
If your dog is struggling, try placing a personal item of clothing into the dog bed to give them the security they need and smells that are familiar to help them through the night.
Note: This is a sponsored post, written by Michelle Kuhl on behalf of http://www.dogbeds.co.uk/.