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Hi all, we have had Rook for about nine months now and early doors instituted a rule about not getting up on our bed. He was very happy with this until, foolishly, we persuaded him to come up one morning for morning cuddles… Now he is determined to spend the night with us (I suspect it being cold at the moment is partly to blame) stretching out from the middle of the bed until both my husband and I are falling off the sides! Is there any way to teach him that the bed is only allowed for morning cuddles, or do we have to go back to a full blown ban? So cross with myself for confusing the poor boy…

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Nope. get used to it.

A pair of jams at night will help to keep him warm.

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;)  King sized bed? 

Does he argue when asked to get off?  

My guys all understand that being on the bed is a privilege and they’re only allowed up when invited and must get off when asked.  
But yes..PJs will probably help …as well as placing his bed on the floor very close to yours.  

 

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Dogs are quite capable of learning the rules, even when they are complicated.  The issue is that they are also usually better, more patient/stubborn people trainers than people are as dog trainers.

Teach him a command for getting off the bed.  Work on this on other things - couch, chair, bed, whatever he regularly will lay on.  Say the command, lure him off his spot with a treat, praise and treat once he's off the object.  If you want him to always end up on hisown bed, make sure that's part of the command.  In our house, "OFF!" means *get down from where you are and go to your bed*  It doesn't mean they're banned from that furniture, only that the humans get to decide when they can lay there.  Warning - this process (getting him to leave your bed) is going to take a lot longer than you think, so be consistent and patient, and as stubborn as a greyhound!

Getting him a newer, nicer primo bedroom bed may encourage him to stay on his bed.  He may also like a nice fleece blanket or pajamas if you keep your house cool at night.

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4 hours ago, BatterseaBrindl said:

;)  King sized bed? 

Does he argue when asked to get off?  

My guys all understand that being on the bed is a privilege and they’re only allowed up when invited and must get off when asked.  
But yes..PJs will probably help …as well as placing his bed on the floor very close to yours.  

Super king!! 🤣He does understand off (after a few minutes of pretending not to!) but it only lasts for five minutes and then he hops back on! 

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32 minutes ago, greysmom said:

Dogs are quite capable of learning the rules, even when they are complicated.  The issue is that they are also usually better, more patient/stubborn people trainers than people are as dog trainers.

Teach him a command for getting off the bed.  Work on this on other things - couch, chair, bed, whatever he regularly will lay on.  Say the command, lure him off his spot with a treat, praise and treat once he's off the object.  If you want him to always end up on hisown bed, make sure that's part of the command.  In our house, "OFF!" means *get down from where you are and go to your bed*  It doesn't mean they're banned from that furniture, only that the humans get to decide when they can lay there.  Warning - this process (getting him to leave your bed) is going to take a lot longer than you think, so be consistent and patient, and as stubborn as a greyhound!

Getting him a newer, nicer primo bedroom bed may encourage him to stay on his bed.  He may also like a nice fleece blanket or pajamas if you keep your house cool at night.

Super helpful, thank you! We will persevere with the training: not at midnight when we are exhausted and likely to give in ☺️ Think we have got into too much of a habit of making room for him once he is on sofas, he has trained us well!

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On 1/13/2022 at 8:08 AM, BatterseaBrindl said:

;)  King sized bed? 

Does he argue when asked to get off?  

My guys all understand that being on the bed is a privilege and they’re only allowed up when invited and must get off when asked.  
But yes..PJs will probably help …as well as placing his bed on the floor very close to yours.  

 

When Apollo is up on the bed and I ask him to "off," if he doesn't comply, I simply get the leash, put it on and confidently encourage him down, and show him to his bed.  Then remove the leash.  No harsh words, no visible distress and no chance that he mistakes my actions with play.  Be calm and be consistent.  Beds are a privilege.  

Also Apollo's bed has 2 comforters and is very warm and quiet and within 10 feet of my bed.

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