Training Your Dog to Use a New Dog Bed
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Selecting a Location:
In nature, wild dogs seek out places to sleep that are safe, warm, and dry. They automatically keep these areas clean, and never use such a location for "bathroom" related activities. By understanding these instincts, and that domestic dogs have these same instincts inside of them, you'll have a much better time in the process of training your dog to use a dog bed. The new dog bed should be placed at the previous location as their old bed. Try to keep it away from common areas where there may be loud noises and constant interruptions. Keep the bed away from drafty areas or areas that receive direct airflow from your home's heating or cooling vents. It is OK to place the bed in the same area where your dog eats as long as that area meets the conditions that just outlined.
The dog's sense of smell is an all-
Leading Your Dog to the Dog Bed:
Once the dog bed has been well conditioned, place a few of your dog's toys on the bed or possible the old bed cover and call your dog to the bed, allowing him or her to "check it out" by sniffing around. Pat your hand on the dog bed to see if he or she will hop up into it. If s/he won't hop up of his or her own volition, place him or her on it gently. S/he doesn't have to lie down on it yet; this is simply an effort to get him or her used to the bed, and add his or her own scent. When your dog is in the bed, make sure to praise him or her, and give him or her a good scratch or rub. Your goal is to let your dog associate the dog bed with pleasure, happiness, comfort, and love.
When your dog appears to be ready to lie down for the night call her to the bed and repeat all of the steps above. make sure that her favorite toys or blanket are in the bed. Lie down with her, if possible, until she falls asleep. If she refuses to sleep in the bed at first, do not discipline her. Take your time and repeat the procedure every day until she gets the hang of it. It could take up to a week, or more, for her to start thinking of her new dog bed as her own cozy den.