So, you went out and bought your pup a brand-new bed. He should immediately love it and do his best to thank you, right? It's a nice thought, but with some dogs, this simply isn't the case. This just doesn't seem fair after the hours you spent trying to find the perfect bed. But, no, your pup wants to sleep on that stinky chewed up bed that is covered in far too many slobber stains. Worse yet (yes it can get worse), when you haul his old bed away he continues to ignore his new bed in favor of a slice of convenient floor.
And if this isn't enough, he chooses to sleep on the floor right next to his new bed! Part of the problem is that your pup sees his old bed as part of his territory. At the same time, he has no idea what this new bed is. It doesn't smell of him or his "pack" and he may not be willing to "trust" it yet. Fortunately, with a little time and effort, you can quickly get your pup to start enjoying his wonderful new bed.
Whether your pup has always slept on his own bed and you are simply replacing it or he is getting his first bed, the idea is to get him to sleep on his bed instead of yours. Half the battle is making sure that the location you choose for his bed is in a quieter part of your home. Your dog will seek out a place to sleep that is warm, dry, and that he feels is safe.
If you are introducing your pup to his bed for the first time, try to see where he typically curls up to sleep. Most dogs have a favorite spot. As long as this spot is workable, it is the perfect place his new bed. Your pup is a creature of habit, which will help make the process of getting him used to his new bed go much more smoothly.
The big thing about a new bed is that there are no scents whatsoever belonging to any member of his "pack" anywhere to be found. If you are replacing an old bed, be sure to put the new one in the same spot. This will help your pup make the transition. To get him used his new bed, you will need a few things:
It will take your pup a little while to get used to his new bed, the most important thing you can do is be patient.
Won't return to us when we let her off lead. Will play in the dog park with other dogs for a few minutes and then takes off up the street on her own accord.
Hello Nikki, Check out the article on Come I have linked below. Especially pay attention to the sections on using a long training leash and the PreMack Principle for gaining reliability with Come. Come: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-to-come-when-called/ More Come - Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall The come specifically needs to be practiced on the long training leash when there are other dogs around as a distraction. Often this shouldn't happen inside a dog park though because having a dog on leash around so many off leash dogs can cause issues between the dogs, look for areas right outside the dog park, where there are other dogs on leash, or set up sessions with friends and their dogs, where you can control the scenario more for consistency and safety. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I recently started fostering a dog that sleeps all the time and for the most part lays on the floor next to my door. She ignores toys and treats. How can I get her to enjoy her bed, my bed, or any bed that isn't in front of the door or where she would knock things over? She has only been with me for a few days and hasn't warmed up to my scent.
Hello, First, has pup seen a vet? I am not a vet, and I would ensure pup is healthy. If pup is healthy, then I suspect pup is probably stressed and needing time to adapt, plus some dogs tend to enjoy sleep more than others, and a certain amount of that is normal. A stressed dog is often not very excited about food or toys though. If you can, I would give pup a few days to adjust to your home before beginning a lot of formal training. If pup starts to relax enough to want treats more, you can look for random opportunities to reward pup for doing what you want to gradually start encouraging those behaviors more and more. For example, if you catch pup lying in a certain position that's out of the way, like on their bed, simply place a treat between pup's front paws, praise softly and calmly, then walk away. I suspect one of two things are needed. Either pup will become food motivated if you give them a few days to adjust and de-stress, then you can periodically sprinkle treats onto a dog bed for pup, showing pup the treats the first few times, and then replacing those treats when pup isn't looking, for pup to start finding on their own, to teach pup to want to be on that bed. A second option is to teach Place, where staying on the bed is a direct command, and rewarding pup for staying. A third option if pup never learns to care about treats, is to guide pup to Place with a leash, command Place, praise pup while on there, and then gently block pup whenever they try to leave Place before you have said "Okay!" to release. This is less rewarding for pup, but the sheer repetition and gentle insistence that pup stay there should still help pup learn without being harsh. Once pup is trusting of you, I would also teach Out, but right now pup probably isn't ready for that until they are a bit more used to you. In a few days to weeks, depending on how quickly pup warms up, check out teaching Out. Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Place command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello, as I bought this for her, I want her to feel like it's her safe haven and her bed, but she just sits there until I feel bad and then she jumps up on my bed just to lay down and sleep, she has her toy, blanket and a treat in there and still doesn't want to sleep there and I don't want her to feel abandoned or like I don't want her anymore what can I do to help her bit more?
Hello Jacolize, During the day, while the door to the pen is open, periodically sprinkle treats in the pen. First, walk her over there after to help her find them a few times. Once she releases that there are sometimes treats there, then sprinkle them and just let her find them on her own, replacing them a couple times during the day, so that she starts to go there on her own often to check for more, and associates that area as somewhere fun to be. Also, practice locking her in there for shorter periods during the day using the Surprise method from the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He gets excited on the leash and pulls and barks when we pass other dogs. How can I help him stay calm.
Hello Clara, I recommend working on calmness, the barking specifically, and more socialization. For the calmness, I suggest working on the structure of your walk first. You want pup to be working during the walk - having to stay behind you, focus on you, perform commands periodically, and not have his mind on scanning the area in search of other dogs. The walk should start with him having to exit your home very calmly, performing obedience commands at the door if he isn't calm. He should wait for permission ("Okay" or "Free" or "Let's Go") before going through the door instead of bolting through if that's an issue. When you walk he should be in the heel position - with his head behind your leg. That position decreases his arousal, reduces stress because he isn't the one in charge and the one encountering things first. It prevents him from scanning for other dogs, staring dogs down or being stared down, and ignoring you behind him. It also requires him to be in a more submissive, structured, focused, calmer mindset - which has a direct effect on how aroused, stressed, and reactive he is. Additionally, when you do pass other dogs, as soon as he starts staring them down, interrupt him. Remind him with a gentle correction that you are leading the walk and he is not allowed to break his heel or stare another dog down. It is far easier to deal with reactivity when you interrupt a dog early in the process - before they are highly aroused and full of adrenaline and cortisol, and to keep the dog in a less aroused/calmer state to begin with. Staying in a calmer mindset also makes the walk more pleasant for him in the long-run. Once pup can walk past other dogs more calmly, you can carry small, soft treats hidden in a treat pouch or plastic bag in your pocket. When pup's body language stays calm, they remain focused on you, or are very obedient when other dogs are within sight, reward pup with a treat and very calm - almost monotone praise (too much excitement can make the situation harder for pup). Thresholds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-w28C2g68M Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel You need a way to communicate with him so I suggest also teaching the Quiet command from the Quiet method in the article I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Next, once pup understands what Quiet means you will choose an interrupter - neither too harsh nor ineffective. A Pet Convincer is one example of an interrupter. A pet convincer is a small canister of pressurized, unscented air that you can spray a quick puff of at the dog's side to surprise them enough to help them calm back down. (Don't use citronella and avoid spraying in the face!). In situations where you know pup will bark or is already barking (catch them before they bark if you can), command "Quiet". If they obey, reward with a treat and very calm praise. If they bark anyway or continue to bark, say "Ah Ah" firmly but calmly and give a brief correction. Repeat the correction each time they bark until you get a brief pause in the barking. When they pause, praise and reward then. The combination of communication, correction, and rewarding - with the "Ah Ah" and praise to mark their good and bad behavior with the right timing, is very important. Once pup is calmer in general after the initial training, practice exposing him a lot to the things that trigger the barking normally (make a list - even if it's long). Whenever he DOESN'T bark around something that he normally would have, calmly praise and reward him to continue the desensitization process. Finally, work on calm socialization, and don't skip rewarding pup for calmness around other dogs once he is doing better on walk and is calm enough to reward it! That can help ultimately. For socialization, do things like joining obedience classes, trainings clubs, group dog hikes and walks, canine sports, ect...Your goal right now should be interactions with other dogs that have structure and encourage focus on you, calmness around the other dogs, and a pleasant activity with other dogs around - opposed to roughhousing or tense environments with tons of unpredictable dogs loose which increases adrenaline. If pup does really well playing with other dogs, have one-on-one play dates with a friend and their well socialized dog and intermittently practice obedience with them together so they learn how to also be calm and responsive to you around another dog. Recruit some friends with well mannered dogs to go on walks with you and your dog, following the Passing Approach method and Walking Together method to help the dogs learn how to be calm around each other, while also continuing socialization. Passing Approach and Walking Together methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/greet-other-dogs Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My girl does NOT like change of any kind and I'm hoping the new bed won't be too big an issue. I've read all advice and tips but am struggling with the idea of removing the old bed. We have a wonderful cat that loves Susie and she wants nothing to do with her.mute cat....LOVES this large bed.. The cat,Sister, always keeps as close as she can to Sue so it's not unexpected. Should I keep removing the cat from the bed? ( at least as long as Sue is resisting it- until she excepts it.) It's only been 24 hours. These babies are my life.. Thank you,Debra Hendriks
Hello, how is it working out? I think if it were me, I would keep removing the cat from the bed until Susie feels at ease. Even consider getting the cat a new place to sleep, like a cat tree with a scratch post and a comfy perch since cats love heights! Take a look at the guide where you submitted the question and try some of the tips suggested: wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-new-bed. Take a look here as well: https://wagwalking.com/training/lay-on-his-bed. Give Susie a couple of treats after leading her to her bed. Do this for a day or two. Then, throughout the day, when Susie is not looking, place high value treats on the bed so that she finds them on her own. Eventually, she should seek out the bed herself. Good luck!
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