I just adopted an 18 month old lab. (small lab, but a lab, nonetheless) She has a doggie bed, and for a while slept in it, until she came out of her shell and decided she could kick us to the floor!!! So, after discussions with my boyfriend whom I live with, we decided we would like to have her in the bed as long as we can teach her proper bed etiquette. Now, stop laughing from my previous statement, I know how rediculous it sounds. (as if I can even teach my boyfriend bed etiquette!!! ) :) But... anyone know if this is possible? we would like her to sleep in a specific spot. Do we just keep pushing her there? Also, has anyone ever raised an ottoman or something up to the level of your bed and created a little bed-extension? Then she can be "in" bed with us and yet we can stretch out our legs. I am thinking that if I put that much effort in, she will probably not fall for the trick! Ideas?
I've never heard of teaching a doggie a certain place to sleep in the bed. I think they just think they can crawl up to the warmest spot, lay down and night night time! When you push her to a certain spot does she get up and lay back down wherever she was or does she stay there and sleep for the night?
Hmmmmm. I don't know, maybe you can teach her to lay on a certain towel or blanket layed in the place you want her in and reward her when she stays there and correcting her when she strays? Over time the towel or folded up blanket can be moved once she realizes that is her spot. Or maybe if you have a blanket with a certain pattern teach her to lay on the pattern that is her spot....
yea rite. if this works let me know. because i have a 16# eskie that becomes the size of a volkswagon as soon as the lights and tv get turned off. this morning, b/f was smashed against the wall, i was hanging on the bed for dear life, and she was smack in the middle, SIDEWAYS!!!
i wonder if the ottoman thing, maybe with a hidden heating pad, would work? you could trick him...how smart is the dog? ha ha j/k.
Good luck! I don't think the size of the dog matters, when you allow them to sleep in your bed they think they should be the only ones in there! I have a 4 pound toy poodle and he wakes me up quite often trying to push me out of the bed, the only difference is he is too tiny to actually kick me out.
Let me know what works.... As I am typing this my min. schnauzer is in bed with husband -- on my side and her head on pillow -- We have a king size bed. Oh well just one small thing to deal with. I just push my way in bed and once I have my spot she can have the rest....
Hahaha good luck. Im sorry, Im not laughing at you..but in the middle of the night your dog will just get up and move anyways.
You should see how I sleep. I try and get in the middle and stretch my legs before the dogs come hauling in seconds later. Then one stretches along my right side and the other along the left. I can barely move. When the pug decides shes cold she goes under the blankets in between my legs. I wake up with a stiff neck all of the time because I cant move! And I have a queen sized bed! lol. :) good luck, it may be difficult but it might be possible!
We had the same problem. We finally decided she'd have to resort to the blanket next to the bed, except when we are watching t.v. or when its just one of us in bed. I taught her to ask before she gets in bed. She'll sit at the bed and wait for me to invite her up. Its so cute. Sometimes she roo roo's at us to get in the bed. Bottom line is though you've got to get your sleep and if you can't get comfy then I say to the floor with the dog. Sounds harsh but at least she's in the room with us and that's all she really wants anyway.