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Stopping Duke from Sleeping Our Bed?

Our wonderful rescue boy Duke is a very sweet, affectionate, fun doggie. When he first came to us as a foster he would sleep all night on his dog bed on the floor next to our bed. Connor would spend some time on our bed, but ultimately get down and sleep on his own dog bed. Somehow over time Duke now wants to only sleep on our bed and no matter how many times I put him back on the floor he jumps right back up on our bed - which is no small fete considering he's a tripawd.

I love cuddling with Duke, but most nights it gets to be a bit too crowded for comfortable sleep. What can we do to re-train Duke to sleep on his own bed? I would love some ideas.
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If it really is a problem you will need intensive training for both dogs meaning that you need to be willing to wake yourself up fully several times a night to enforce the behaviour, just like a child who refuses to sleep in his own bed. Your will needs to be greater than theirs. You could use the "off" command. You would also need to give lots of praise or a treat when they are doing the right thing. This sounds easy but doing it over many sleepless nights may not be worth your while after all.

We ended up getting a king sized bed and have never regretted it :P IMHO having a golden or two on the bed is one of the sweet joys of a spoiled life We even use a platform so that our pups can get up and down safely.

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For years we allowed our 2 goldens to sleep on the bed. I finally decided I was not getting a good nights sleep because of it. I did just as Doug mentioned. I started with them in their own beds. When they jumped on the bed I told them "off" at the same time I put my hand on their collar directing them back in their own beds. If I woke up and they had quietly gotten back on the bed, I got up and took them off. It did take several days, but it worked.
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You could also put the dog in a crate for the night. After a while, try allowing the dog to sleep beside your bed. Always be consistent, and never let the dog on the bed or he will think it's okay all the time.
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