If your dog is always sleeping downstairs, you may be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post explains several reasons why it does it and what it can do.So why does my dog sleep downstairs? The reason your dog is considered to sleep downstairs is that it feels more comfortable, it’s getting used to it, the area where you want to sleep it is not comfortable for it or it is protected. There are several reasons why your dog actually does it, and it could be a combination of reasons. However, there are a few things you can consider when trying to figure out the exact reason.
Why your dog sleeps downstairs
Each of the different reasons your dog sleeps downstairs probably comes with some clues. Below are the number of reasons why it does it and why it makes them more likely.
It’s used to sleeping there.
Maybe the reason your dog prefers to sleep downstairs is because he gets used to sleeping there and doesn’t know what it’s like to sleep on the second floor. This is likely especially if you are always sleeping downstairs.
feel that it’s more comfortable
cause, it might find it more comfortable downstairs at night. This is more likely if there is a lot of space downstairs, if the room gets hot and the downstairs is cool, or if there is a bed downstairs.
think it doesn’t want to sleep in a place where you sleep
Another reason i chose to sleep downstairs may be because I want to sleep somewhere else. This is more likely if you tend to give what you want when you don’t sleep where you want. If you tend to pay extra attention to toys, sweets, or extra when you sleep downstairs, you might be doing more to get paid more. Instead, it will reward it when you lie down where you want to sleep and help train you to sleep there using the tips listed below.
your bed is not comfortable for it
If you want to sleep with you, your bed or your room may not be comfortable for it. The room or bed may be too hot or there may not be room to lie down.
Maybe it’s because we want to know why it’s protected and when people are in the house. This is especially likely if people choose to sleep in areas where they can get protection around the house and people are more likely to pass through.
Things to consider
I used to sleep downstairs.
It always helps to consider whether you choose to sleep downstairs or if it suddenly started it. If it had just recently started it, there could have been an event that caused it to start. If it didn’t always do it, it might have started because it got hot at night and the downstairs got cooler or rewarded for sleeping there. If it is always sleeping downstairs, you are more likely to be accustomed to sleeping there and need to be trained to sleep where you want to use the tips below.
Sometimes I sleep with you
It also helps to consider whether you always sleep downstairs. If it sometimes chooses to sleep with you, it may have to do with it when the timing is. For example, if you are sleeping downstairs when it is hot, you are more likely to be doing it because the second floor is too hot.
How to make your dog stop sleeping downstairs
Below are some options for when your dog stops sleeping downstairs.
Positive Strengthening Training
One option is to use positive reinforcement training to learn to sleep on the second floor. This is where you reward your dog for showing signs that you are sleeping there and don’t reward it when it’s not there. To use it to sleep where you want it, tell the command down and tell you to get down to where you want to sleep and reward you for staying there. I am writing about how you train it to learn down commands in this post.
Avoid negative reinforcement
Negative strengthening training is where dogs enhance bad behavior by rewarding them when they appear. If you reward your dog when you lie downstairs, you may have stepped up the behavior. Instead, choosing to lie on the second floor will help you get paid.