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    Default How to train to get on bed only when allowed?

    We have our first dog (Mini Fox Terrier) after our cat of 18 years passed. She is a rescued dog about 1 year old. She came to us toilet trained and I can get her to sit before getting a treat. We are booked into a local dog lesson club which starts in 2 weeks time.

    In the meantime, I was wondering how to tackle getting her to only get on our bed when she is allowed. On the first night of giving her free reign in the house she slept in her bed no problems. But last night, even when my wife carried her off and back to her bed she came back in and jumped up.

    What's the best way to train her so she only jumps up when we say it's ok?

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    I think the best way is to train a command for "hop up" - you start by standing next to the bed and when the dog hops up - you say "yes" and "hop up" and "good dog" and give her a small treat...

    repeat maybe five times.

    At the same time you might consider training "off"

    ie as she jumps off, say "off" and reward when she's on the ground and reward so she has to move away from the bed to get the reward.

    You may also want to train "go to bed" (her bed) - for my dog it's "Mat!" which I mostly use when I want her out of the kitchen.

    you put a mat out - bath mat or folded towel, and when the dog steps on it - because you're standing facing the towel and treats would be most likely dispensed in front of you... the dog will naturally step on the mat... so you say "yes" and hand over a treat.

    When the dog seems to have the idea of going on the mat working really well - you add a verbal cue eg "mat" and when the dog goes on the mat - you say "yes" and hand over the treat. As the dog gets the idea of that - you can start being more intermittent with the treats, only reward when the dog is on the mat fast (five tries at this), then when you've got fast, try taking one step back from the mat - five more tries like this...

    When I'm training - I count out five to 10 rewards and the drill is over when I run out of treats. And I might have three sessions a day on the same trick. But I like to mix tricks up - ones that look different, ie don't try for mat and on the table at the same time - unless you start with mat - then put the mat on the table. Looks different would be collar grab, or its yer choice or nose touches...

    If you've got nose touch / targeting - you can hold your hand off the bed so the dog has to get off the bed to touch your nose and that would be another way to train "off".

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    Persistence worked for us. I don't mind Maggie on the bed but my husband not so keen. So she is allowed on when its just me ( if he is away) or after we talk in the morning. She learned because he would say "off" or "your bed" which is on the floor by me. and he meant it! So he was consistent. If she got persistent we shut the door for a few minutes which she hates.
    Your dog is checking the limits to work out who is in charge, I know more than one trainer who never lets a dog in the their bedroom at all for that reason.
    We chose like you to accept it with limits.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D5bPLxU8U8
    This is the best video of a bed jumping dog.

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    Thanks for the replies. We both enjoy having her on the bed if we are watching tv, but not when its sleep time.

    I will have a go and see how it works out.

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    You basically teach that hey can only hop up anywhere with permission and teach a good "off" or "floor" .......So if they go on when not asked they get told to get "off"/"floor"......And you stick with those rules. It helps to train the getting on and the getting off, so they know what you mean
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    Here's an article from 4pawsU (uni) about dogs on the bed

    sorry it's facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/4pawsuniver...022650537070:0

    - hopefully they put it up in their training library soon
    Dog Training and Behavior Advice and Information

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    I didn't do any real training. Our three sleep in our room. They were just told off, if they didnt go, told off again, I or hubby got up, got dog off onto their bed, praised and taught stay there. Now 2 go always to their own beds. One is allowed with me if I am there before hubby. He just says FFS jodes, get off and she steps over me onto her own bed. She HAS to be near me so her bed is a big long little used esky, 2 old dining chairs to the side of it and all covered with a hessian covered foam sleeping mat. She is about 4 inches lower my side so it satisfies her need to be near me and hubby's need not to have her sleeping sideways between us.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Good on you for getting a rescue and saving a life...just remember rescues take much longer to train for many reasons as you don't know the dogs past. You need plenty of patience and treats...my Chloe was a rescue and didn't know what sit was and had never been in a house before either.

    You'd be surprised how powerful treats are...especially with stubborn strong willed dogs like my Chloe. I managed to teach her most things but trying to get her in the car was a big problem...when I said "In the car" she just wouldn't get in...then the penny dropped...just throw a treatie in and she jumps in the car...how simple.

    You might try using treats to teach her when you want her on the bed and in time she'll learn and there's nothing wrong having your dog on the bed or lounge either.
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    Of course my dog doesn't like to share the bed with me because I wriggle too much and she gets catapulted off...

    Not the ideal way to do it but effective...

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