If your dog keeps sleeping in your bed, you may wonder why and what you can do about it. This post explains the common causes and what you can do about them. So why do my dogs sleep in my bed?conceivable cause is that it makes you feel safer, you are encouraging accidental action, that it has some separation anxiety or that it is protected.
Why Your Dog Sleeps in Your Bed
Below are some common causes and ones that make them more likely.
it feels safer
cause may make it feel more secure. Dogs were bred to work with their owners and other members of the pack for hours each day and they slept together. So sleeping in your bed may make you feel more secure and feel like you’re around other pack members. This is likely to be a reason if you do more when you are in bed, and if you sleep during the day.
You may also encourage action by giving you what you want when you do it. If you tend to give special attention, toys, sweets, etc. when you sleep in bed, you might do more to get paid more. Instead, it rewards you when you sleep where you want, gives you positive reinforcement training to sleep where you want, and helps redirect that focus when you’re trying to sleep in bed.
It may indicate that you have some separation anxiety. This is more likely if you sleep in bed when you are away and start to become anxious when you leave.
The cause could be that it is protected. This tends to do it when you’re in bed, and it’s more likely if you sleep in a protected spot during the day as well.
Things to consider
Below are some things you can consider when you come up with the main reason your dog is doing it.
What else happened when you first started?
It will help you think about what happened when your dog first started it. If it suddenly started it, it might be because you learned to get rewarded when doing it or started giving extra access to your bedroom.
What’s the difference when you do it?
If you tend to do more at a particular time, it can also help you think about what’s different about timing. For example, if you tend to sleep there when you’re in bed, you’re more likely to feel protected or safer.
What to do with your dog sleeping in your bed
Below are some things you can do about your dog sleeping in your bed.
train to sleep somewhere else
One option is to use positive reinforcement training to make your dog lie somewhere else at night. Positive strengthening training is a place where you encourage people to behave in a certain way by rewarding them when they show signs of behaving in that way.
give another place to sleep
It also helps to give another place to sleep. Another option is to give it a crate to sleep so that it can go there to feel safe.
Avoid encouraging action
As mentioned earlier, action may be encouraged. Instead, it rewards you when you sleep where you want, redirects focus when you’re trying to sleep in bed, and helps train you to sleep elsewhere.
Reduces that separation anxiety.
It also helps to reduce how anxious you are without you. All you can do is feed it, give it exercise and let it pee before departing so you don’t have to wait too long. I am writing more about why your dog becomes anxious at night and what to do about it here.