Having your dog pace all night looking for a place to sleep isn’t very fun. You could lose sleep trying to get your dog to lie down and relax if he doesn't know exactly where he should go each night. Most family dogs will attach themselves to at least one member of the family. Your dog may want to sleep with your or with this chosen family member. But that doesn’t mean the dog has to be in your bed. Just in your bedroom. Or even in the hallway just outside your bedroom.
Wherever you place his bed is where he should stay each night. You can teach him where his bed is and to go to bed when it is time to settle down for the night. Once your dog understands where his bed is and that he is supposed to stay in at all night, you both should be getting a full night's sleep.
Training your dog to go to bed--in his bed--is a matter of repetition and comfort. There is a fine balance between finding the correct bed for your dog's needs and putting it in the correct spot to ease any fears or separation anxieties he may have. It may take a few weeks to train your dog to sleep in his own bed, but if it does, it's probably because you need to find a different spot for the bed. Many dog owners don't want their dog in bed with them but don't mind a dog bed in their bedroom. If your dog's bed is already in your bedroom, consider placing it closer to your bed so your dog can look up and see you at night and hear you breathing. He's going to feel safe knowing you or at least another family member is nearby.
Make sure before you get started training your dog to sleep in his bed you know how your dog sleeps. If you have a small dog who sleeps in a little round ball, he may be more comfortable in a small bed with raised sides he can snuggle into. If you have a larger dog who spreads out once he's in a deep sleep or lies on his back with his feet straight up in the air, you may need a larger bed. If your dog is older, memory foam mattresses provide great support for achy bones. Be sure you have the proper bed for your dog's size, breed, and needs. You will also want some extra treats on hand, possibly even in the sleeping space, to reward your dog for a job well done. Have some patience with this and be open to change. Your dog may not be happy sleeping in the dining room if you're upstairs on the opposite side of the house.
Hello, I suggest taking Jax to obedience training classes. Dogs really do love to train and it's a great opportunity for socialization as well! I've seen dogs that were out of control become very well behaved. Training with Jax will also cement the bond that you are building into a great relationship. In the meantime, here is a guide to read that has very good tips for helping Jax learn to listen: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you and https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-rottweiler-to-be-obedient. Read these guides through and use the tips for training. Work 10 minutes a day and always end on a positive note with lots of praise. Good luck and happy training!
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How do we train our dog to not jump on us while we are eating a meal?
Hello Amanda, First, I recommend teaching Place and Out - which means leave the area. Create a new rule that pup lies on their Place bed at the far end of the dinning room (or wherever you eat), or in the next room. Reward pup for staying there until the end of the meal. Practice Place ahead of time proactively so that pup knows how to lie down on Place and Stay when its needed - until pup knows that command I recommend crating pup temporarily at mealtimes with a chew toy. I also recommend teaching out and using the section on How to Use Out to Deal with Pushy Behaviors to enforce that command once pup knows it, whenever they are being pushy in general. Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Finally, for jumping in general, check out the Step Toward and Leash method from the article linked below. I recommend the Step Toward method for pup daily with those they know, and you can use the leash method for those who could be knocked off balance or who you don't want to have to be the ones training your dog like guests and kids. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump
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We (my girlfriend and I) just got a new puppy (our second one, we also have a yorkie mini toy) and we are struggling a bit with a few situations:
1) we have two weeks since we are potty training but we have, let’s Say, 50% accuracy on the puppy pad (since we didn’t complete the vaccine scheme);
2) other than that, we try also for two weeks now to redirect her whenever she chews somethings she is not supposed to (that happens all the time during the day;
3) also, she haș moments when she plays a little too agresively with the yorkie and we don’t really know how to properly control that;
4) the yorkie sleeps in our bed and for a while, Leia cries cause she also wants in bed with us but she happens to have little accidents during the night - we would like to get her to sleep in her bed near our bed;
5) finally and the most important, we would like to comfort her on being alone(only with our yorkie) in the house since there will come the Time when we will leave for work for around 8 hours and we would like to avoid crate training her - the yorkie always hâd Access in the entire apartament and never distroied anything.
Hope to hear back from you on at least a few of our concerns!
Hello Claudiu, Congratulations on your new puppy. 1. For potty training indoors, I suggest using the exercise pen method from the article linked below. Instead of a pee pad, I suggest switching to a disposable real grass pad if your end goal is outside potty training once pup is older, to avoid the confusion of rugs and carpets which are also made out of fabric and pup may start pottying on once a pee pad is removed. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Disposable real grass pad brands: www.freshpatch.com www.doggielawn.com www.porchpotty.com Most also on amazon 2. The chewing will take time - it's often something you have to manage until almost a year - but teaching good manners now, preventing uninterrupted chewing episodes, and teaching pup to chew on their own toys can prevent the chewing from turning into a life long problem, instead of something pup will outgrow once teeth and jaws have developed and the urge decreases with age. Check out the article linked below. The exercise pen will also be important here when you can't supervise pup and they are not safe to be left alone yet. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ Check out the Leave It method and teaching the Out command for managing the dog's play. Give breaks when one gets too rough, and let the tired pup go first to see if they still want to play before releasing the other one. Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ 4. Pup definitely needs to sleep on their own bed with potty access or in a crate at this age. There will be crying but you can help pup adjust by practicing the steps from the Surprise method from the article linked below during the day, ahead of time, to help pup adjust to being in that space in general - which should also help with nights. Right now, set up an exercise pen in your room, with a disposable real grass pad on one end and a non-absorbent bed on the other end of the exercise pen. Pup needs to get used to being in that area, have that set up to help with potty training, and prevent dangerous chewing while you are sleeping. The pen is important at this age because you won't be able to enforce pup staying on their bed while you are asleep. Practice rewarding pup for being there during the day, but keep the pen door closed to also ensure pup stays there at night. Pup should develop a habit of sleeping there and you be able to phase out the pen later once pup is fully potty trained and not chewing anymore. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Non-absorbent bed examples: cot type beds, www.primopads.com, https://k9ballistics.com/collections/chew-proof 5. Finally, the Surprise method can help pup get used to being alone too. Giving pup a dog food stuffed durable hollow toy whenever you leave can help. Providing pup with a dog food stuffed durable puzzle toy once older can also help. Know that confinement at appropriate times during the first year of life, combined with teaching things like Leave It and obedience training when home, is what usually leads to a dog who can be trusted unsupervised in the home after a year. The confinement keeps potty training puppies on track - avoiding long term potty issues, prevents dangerous destructive chewing and that chewing from becoming a long term habit, actually helps the dog learn how to self-entertain and be a bit more independent - preventing separation anxiety - especially when durable toys like stuffed kong are given, and helps pup develop appropriate chewing habits - like chewing their own toys. For dogs who are being trained to go potty on an indoor pad - like the grass pad or pee pad, an exercise pen can be used. For outside potty training dogs, it will need to be a crate until pup is potty trained, then an exercise pen or small dog-proofed room can be used. Once pup is fully potty training - with zero accidents in the past three months, and has gone at least 3 months since trying to chew anything other than their own toys, you can test whether pup is ready for more freedom by giving unsupervised freedom while away from home in ten minute increments - 10 minutes, 20, 30, 40 ect...until you have worked up the amount of time you will be away during work. If pup goes potty or chews, wait another 1-2 months before trying again. Most dogs aren't ready until between 1-2 years of age, but some mature sooner. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi I’m back at work tomorrow and trying to crate train my puppy to be used to being alone. He is fine at night time in his crate but cries when I leave him during the day and tips his water bowl all over. I’ve tried the command bed and when he sleepy I put him in his crate to sleep. But he still cries.
Hello Vicki, Check out the Surprise method from the article linked below. Work on that command on weekends and for at least an hour when you are home after work each day. Also know that it is normal for a puppy to cry in the crate for the first two weeks of crate training. Stay consistent and give pup a dog food stuffed chew toy to focus on in the crate during the day. Because you are already back at work and not able to ease into crate training as much, there will be more crying, stay consistent and pup should adjust after a few days though. Follow the Surprise method when home to help pup learn how to calm themselves in the crate. For the water, look for a bowl made for crates that will clip onto the crate door - check Amazon. Instead of giving pup a whole bowl full of water, fill that small bowl up at potty trip times with smaller amounts more frequently. This will also help more with potty training so pup doesn't get too much water at once. Be aware that at this age, pup will still have to be taken potty at least every 3 hours during the day. If you are gone longer than that, I suggest hiring a dog walker to take pup at least that often. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate In general a puppy can hold their bladder for a maximum of the number of months they are in age plus one, meaning 3 hours for a 2 month old puppy, 4 hours for a 3 month old puppy, 5 for a 4 month old puppy, ect... Until the maximum time of 8 hours for an adult dog. Those times are maximums though. When home take pup out at least twice as often as their maximum time -which would be every 1.5 hours for you right now. If pup is still able to spill the door bowl, you can purchase a few door bowls and freeze the water in each on ahead of time - giving pup a small continuous amount of water to drink and not a full bowl to be spilled. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Our dog is crate trained and generally sleeps through the night without issue until the early morning. She was sleeping in until about 5:30 or 6, but we recently moved to a new house and now she is whining/barking to get out as early as 4:30. It is not a potty issue. It seems to be wanting to be near us at that time and/or wanting to eat. We don’t let her out of the crate unless she’s quiet (which she will be if we start moving around) and we don’t feed her before 6am. Her crate is currently in the living room outside her door. We’ve tried in the past putting her in our room in the crate but this doesn’t stop her from wanting to be out when it hits a certain time. The sleep deprivation is really challenging! Suggestions?
Hello, there are a few things you can try. Make sure that you exercise Brandy well in the evenings and if you are able to, take her for a long walk in the evening. Make sure that she goes out for a pee break the last thing before bedtime. Sometimes white noise will help a dog to sleep better - this can be in the form of a fan (pointed away from her). Make sure that the room has room-darkening curtains, too. There are a few more tips here: https://wagwalking.com/training/sleep-all-night. I will suggest using an alarm clock to your advantage. This will take a few weeks, but is effective. Set the alarm for approximately the time that she is typically waking, for about a week. The next week, you move the time 15 minutes later, and keep it there for a week. The following week, set it another 15-30 minutes later, and keep doing this until you reach the desired time that you want to get up. By then, Brandy should be conditioned to waking up when the alarm goes off. Good luck!
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