Should Your Dog Be Allowed In Your Bed?

Do you let your dog sleep in the bed with you?

Since the day Mia was old enough, she has been sleeping in my bed right next to my feet. She makes me feel safe and I love waking up to a wagging tail!

However, this may not be for everyone. There are a handful of advantages and disadvantages to having your dog sleep in your bed with you and in this article, we will walk through these.

What does research say?

Research shows that having dogs sleeping in the bed can actually cause you to get less sleep or to experience more nighttime disturbances than those with no dog in the bed.

A few reasons why you may experience more disturbances is that dogs wake up more than we do over night. Meaning that they will get on-and-off the bed and reposition themselves which can cause you to wake up. Dogs are also still alert to sounds even when they are sleeping, so their attentiveness to noise could cause them to bark or growl, waking you up in the night.

Behavioral Issues

One of the main reasons people don’t let their dogs sleep with them is behavioral issues. These issues range from resource guarding to licking when you are trying to sleep.

Non-Aggressive Behavioral Issues

There are a handful of questions you may want to look out for when deciding if your dog should sleep with you. Starting with: Can my dog make it through the night without an accident? Will my dog make it through the night and stay in the bed? Will my dog make it through the night without chewing anything up?

Depending on your lifestyle there may be more things you need to ask yourself, but those questions are the ones I would start with. If you answered ‘yes’ to all those, you may be in good hands.

If not, and you are worried about your dog getting into stuff while you are sleeping, the anxiety of your dog having a behavioral problem while you are sleeping could cause you to lose sleep.

Aggressive Behavioral Issues

There are two main issues that we see with aggression on the bed.

First, the dog is actually resource guarding the bed. Resource guarding is when your dog thinks the bed is his and he needs to protect it, simply put. There is a more scientific underlying cause, but for this blog, we won’t go into guarding.

Second, if the dog is guarding a spouse in the bed. If we have a married couple and the wife is in bed with the dog and the dog growls when the husband is getting in the bed, we have an issue, right?

The second example is also a form of guarding.

Both are not good and should result in eviction from the bed over night and calling a trainer ASAP!

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Benefits of Dogs Sleeping in The Bed

Studies have shown there are lots of physical and mental benefits to owning a dog!

It is likely that having your dog sleep in your bed can do a couple good things for your sleep.

It is likely that having your dog sleep in your bed can cause you to feel more safe and secure. Like I mentioned previously, your dog is alert to sounds even when they are sleeping. This means your dog will alert you to all potential noises, or anything out of the ordinary.

Allowing your dog in the bed can likely increase your relationship with your dog. It will do this by increasing the time spent with your dog which will add to the bond the two of you have.

Lastly, dogs are really, really warm! On a chilly evening, there is no better bed warmer than your favorite pup.

Ultimately, deciding to let your dog sleep in your bed or not, is up to you and a decision only you can make. If you are unsure, try it for a night and see how you sleep and if your dog does well. If so, do it again if you like it, if not, keep doing what your doing. Your dog will still love you.

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Private Lessons or Group Classes?

Group classes or Private Lessons with a trainer?

Both. 

Both are awesome. Depending on where you are with your dog and what level of obedience your dog has is going to determine which you should choose. 

If you are starting with a blank slate and having issues, I would go with private lessons. 

If your dog has some prior training and you want a tune up, I would go with group classes. 

Price

While group classes are MUCH cheaper, private lessons are WAY more effective. 

Typically, a set of group classes is around $150 for 6 classes. 

Private training normally starts around $500+ for in-home training. 

There is a huge difference in the price there! Why is that?

Well in private training, you are working with a trainer 1-on-1. You and your dog are the only focus of your trainer and the training is tailored to the issues you are having with your dog. Typically this training is done in a quiet and private setting. 

With group classes, you are in a room with anywhere from 2-20 dogs in a class. The instructor is instructing groups of people and addressing individual issues less. There are also more people so the trainer can charge less and make the same, hence the huge price difference. 

The One Dog way...

At One Dog Obedience Training, I decided I wanted to do things a bit differently. I wanted my clients to have the best of both worlds!

One day after thinking about ways to serve dogs and people better, I realized I needed to have group classes! 

So I decided to give them away FREE! 

Yes, free. I am able to do this by allowing only current and former clients into my group classes. This way, people and dogs still get the benefits of group classes, but they aren't struggling in class with a dog that won't listen, because their dogs have already been trained. 

If I were you...

I would start with a few private lessons with a trainer, then start to attend group classes when you are ready. 

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The Zoomies and What They Mean

Most of the time when I get called to go meet with a family about their dog it is usually in regards to the dogs energy levels.

Almost every time, the dogs are just too hyper for the owners and they want a simple solution to calming their dogs down. And almost every family has one common issue that they are dealing with. That issue is, "The Zoomies".

What are the Zoomies?

The technical term for the zoomies is Frenetic Random Activity Periods or FRAPs. 

The zoomies are when a dog just randomly gets a huge spurt of energy and starts running and jumping and acting super crazy. The zoomies usually last for about one minute and are actually quite fun to watch because the dog seems to be having a great time!

While the zoomies are fun to watch, they mean that the dog has WAY too much energy. The zoomies are the by-product of not letting the dogs release their energy in a positive manner. 

How to stop the Zoomies

Most of my clients who deal with the zoomies want their dogs to stop exhibiting that behavior. I normally give them all the same advice. 

That advice is that they need to start working their dog out (walks, runs, etc.) and start training their dog on a regular basis. 

"But how will this stop the zoomies?"

If they are worked out and trained properly, they won't need to do the zoomies to release their pent up energy because they will have released their energy through the exercise and training. 

A couple things to try at home

Now we know that the zoomies are the release of pent up energy.

Here are a couple things to start trying at your home. 

Walk/Run with your dog daily. For walks and runs, I like the dog to stay in my heel position. Structured walks (walking in the heel position) are better than just letting the dog walk and go wherever they want to go. 

Train your dog daily. Training your dog is one of the best ways to release energy. I have had so many people tell me that as soon as our lesson is done that their dogs just go straight to sleep after I leave!

Training your dog is awesome because it wears the dog out mentally. It takes a lot of brain energy to make it through a training session. 

Have you ever gone to school and by the time you got home, you were tired? How is that so? All you did all day was sit in a classroom and learn from your professor, right? 

So how can you be tired after school? It is because it worked your mind out! 

The equivalent to a day of school for your dog is a training session! So train your dog at least once a day! 

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The Quick Guide to FAST Potty Training

No one likes when their dog pees or poops in the house, right?

Most of the issues that dog owners call me with are the same. Typically the list of problem behaviors they deal with are lack of potty training, pulling on the leash, jumping up and general disobedience.

Potty training is typically the first bad behavior I address, simply because it's gross and it is the first thing the owners want taken care of.

BUT, I can't be the one to train their dog to use the bathroom outside because I am not there all the time. So it is up to the owner to potty train their own dog.

I like to keep things as simple as possible for people, so I decided to come up with a easy potty training program that anyone can do, and it works like a charm!

Before you learn the steps, one thing to remember here is that consistency is key here. Without consistency potty training your dog will be a pain-staking process.

Lets jump right in!

Step 1

Let your dog out A LOT! 

If your dog is eliminating in the house, one of two things are going on, your dog is not being let out frequently enough. 

Or, you are letting your dog out enough but he doesn't know that outside is where he is supposed to go potty. This is where the training comes in, which leads us into step number two. 

Step 2

Reward your dog for doing the right thing! 

When working with your dog on their bathroom habits it is crucial to make sure they know they are doing the right thing.

The best way to go about this is to go out with your dog in the beginning and when they potty outside, tell your dog "Good boy!" and give him a treat! Make going potty in the right place a BIG deal! 

Step 3

Supervise potty breaks!

In the beginning, you need to be keeping an eye on your dog when you take him out. You don't necessarily have to go out with your dog every time, you can also watch through a window. 

When first starting potty training, I do recommend going outside with your dog so you can reward him for doing the right thing. 

Supervising potty breaks will give you another advantage because you can start to come up with a pattern of when your dog uses the bathroom and wether he pees or poops.

Step 4

Crate train your dog!

During the potty training process, using a crate is crucial! When you are not home, your dog needs to be in a crate. When you are home and not paying attention to (doing a project, cooking dinner, watching a movie, etc.) your dog should be in a crate. 

The main reason your dog needs to be crate trained is because if you are not paying attention or supervising your dog, he has a chance to go into another room and potty in the floor. Using the crate is an awesome way to avoid unwanted accidents!

Step 5

If you catch your dog using the bathroom in your home, interrupt the behavior!

By interrupt the behavior I mean you need to tell your dog "No!" firmly and then rush him to the door and let him out immediately! 

Step 6 (Optional)

Start a potty log!

This is optional, but if you are serious about quickly getting your dog potty trained, then starting a potty log is awesome!

Every time you take your dog out, write down the time and wether your dog peed, pooped, both, or neither. This will allow you to track your dogs potty habits as well create a pattern. When you develop a pattern, you can figure out when your dog needs to be let out.

In this log, you should also track any accidents your dog has in between potty breaks and times you discover the accidents.

I hope this helpful and you can train your dog quickly to use the bathroom in the right place!

A Few Tips

Always make sure your dog is clear of any medical issues that could be related to eliminating. 

Dogs are social creatures by nature. If your dog is in the same room as you and he gets up randomly and goes to another room for no reason, it is probably because he needs to relieve himself!

Never punish your dog for eliminating in the house. If your dog is eliminating in the house, it is almost always the humans fault. So please never spank, hit, or punish your dog for going in the house but instead take the time and train your dog the right way. 

Thanks for reading!

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