New dog likes to hide under a bed. We need to put something under the bed that will keep him from scooting all the way under it.
I was thinking of large rectangular boxes, but cardboard might attract silverfish (we don't want to start having a problem). Sheets of foam might dry out and crumble (or the dog might shred them). We could go out and buy a bunch of plastic containers, but I'd rather be thrifty!
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I made plywood skirts (1/4" thick) and attached them using hinges. They will swing outward only. My two Border Collies haven't figured out how to raise them, yet.
Now that sounds like a great idea I am going to do that this weekend. I have a German Shepard/ coyotee mix who loves going under the bed. But now he has developed a lg absses that needed surgery and a drain. So it has to stop and this sounds great thanks.
Dogs are cave animals from way back in their programming. He is ok there. Better to work from the inside of the animal first, meaning, help and allow the confidence, security, familiarity come to the animal. Find ways to work that, rather than drastically changing the environment. The plywood and preventive measures can come later on, but wait just a bit. Work the behavior first, it will be better for the both of you in the long run. Accept it, but if you can't work the training, block the bottom of the bed and move on to the next place the animal will look to for comfort. Additionally, look at the rest of your environment, other animals, noises, etc. I have seen the most couragous of dogs (farm dogs to chase off a hungry coyote), hide from a squawking bird in a cage. Let the animal enjoy its cave.
For the people who say let them do it, we are having this problem with our puppy, but he goes under the bed to chew and destroy things. For him it is more of a game, he knows we have trouble getting to him. I don't believe it is entirely safe to just let them go under the bed. In a week he had torn off all of the backing on our mattress. We have had to shut the bedroom door, but in a 1 bedroom apartment this limits our space. I will use the idea of hinges. Thank you.
There are hard plastic (under the bed) storage boxes which slide under the bed and serve as a great block for pups who crawl under the bed. You can store anything in them ... photos, shoes, socks, hats - anything!
This sounds like a good idea, but I have those bins and they're a favorite chew toy for my lab mix. The corners have been completely destroyed on three of them, and he tries to eat the plastic once he bites it off. This could be great for some dogs, but those power chewers go right through them! I don't mind my lab mix going under the bed, except when he tries chewing or eating the plastic for obvious reasons!
I would personally just let him hide under there for a while. It feels safe to him. He'll probably stop when he gets used to your place. However, I have a dog that has enjoyed sleeping under the bed for years. He just likes it. Maybe try to find him another safe place, such as a box turned on its side or a kennel?
I am at my wits end, he's always under my bed and now he's tearing my,material from my new box spring. Tried blocking it, spraying deterrent spray but nothing works. My family says just let him go there, but as he gets bigger he's tearing my box spring. I love him so ill keep trying, but im very frustrated because i want my new bed to remain new, least for a little while. Any other suggestions??
Consider getting plywood cut to the size of your box spring and place it UNDER the box spring, and supported by the frame or rails. The plywood will act as a barrier and protect your dogs head from sticking it up there where his mischievous self does not belong.
Get some room spray in smells dogs don't like, such as citrus, and spray it on the floor under your bed.
We bought that green indoor/outdoor carpeting and put it under our bed to keep our doggie out from under and from peeing/pooing as well - it cut down on things drastically
I agree that you should let him hide under the bed for awhile. Its his way of feeling safe. The best way for him to stop hiding is for him to feel safe in your home, and that takes time. Cardboard boxes or foam might block him from going under the bed, but solutions like that only deal with the symptom and not your dog's underlying insecurities. The cure is to make him feel secure, which will take place over time.
I would normally agree, but my puppy shouldn't be left alone in the room. She hides under the bed, I can't get her out and need to put her in the kennel while I'm gone. She likes the kennel but prefers under the bed. I'd normally leave her but there are too many dangerous things in the bedroom. Ideas?
For those suggesting to "go ahead and let him/her hide under the bed", apparently none of you had to replace a $7000 Sleep Number bed due to the dog chewing up all the electrical wiring attached to the bottom of the bed! The issue was how to PREVENT this from happening, not suggestions on how to "give in".
I have a similar issue with my dad's little dog. We go to leave and he hides under the bed. Only issue is he pees when he's nervous and me trying to get him out makes him nervous. My plan and reason of coming here was to see if anyone has made a wood bed skirt? My thought was frame the gap with wood to keep him out. Simple cuts and screws to hold wood together and could slide out if necessary. I'd only need three sides as head is against wall. Maybe if I'm feeling fancy would use live edge at the top for decoration. Thoughts?
I agree. Let him hide there. I don't see the harm. You say he's "new" so it's obvious he just needs to become secure in his new home. People should think like a dog instead of a human. It should be about what the dog physically & mentally needs, not what humans think they need. And I too had a dog who always wanted be under something, table or whatever, long after she was new to my home.
Here is something you might want to try: Measure the length and width of your bed, Then cut plywood to place between the frame and the floor (all around the bed, you can stain the wood before placing it in place). Thus preventing "Rover" from getting under the bed and can serve as a great hiding place for gifts for the holidays and birthdays.
We have a sheltie and we have tried to figure out how to get her to stay out from under the bed so much. For over a year now she just comes out to get something to eat, check on her chickens and to get hot dogs. We don't want to force her to stay out but then it is hard and makes me and my mom feel bad that she stays under the bed so much. We show her all kinds of attention when she is out from under the bed and it does not help.
We solved the problem by placing a large, thin rectangular box under the bed. Then the dog grew too big to hide under the bed. Now he 'hides' under the dining room table.
I agree with whoever it was that said dogs are cave animals! We had a problem with our miniature dachshund doing this when I was a kid and my aunt who is a vet reccomended getting the dog a crate. She says that getting a dog a crate full of blankets and covered over with another blanket gives the dog a space of her own in the house, a cave if you would. Put a couple of chews or treats in there with some comfy blankets and always leave the door open...you may find the dog likes it even better than under the bed! Good luck!
I am familiar with this situation. I have a Chihuahua who likes to take little poops under my bed. I have had to put a bunch of plastic bins under there to keep her from going under there. I really don't know of any other better idea.
I have this exact same problem currently. She's been doing it for years. I ended up getting an IKEA bed with drawers that go underneath so she had no access to get in but that bed is gone now and sure enough.. I've been in my new house for TWO days and just looked under to find two poops
Well, if you have a 4lb Chihuahua. you don't want them under the bed. Mine likes to poop and urinate underneath there. I'm trying to solve the problem as well. I have a crate with cover,bedding and blanket inside, and skirts so I know its not a din or safety issue. He is very stubborn and doesn't want to potty in his designated area anymore and I take him outside often. He used his spot often when he was younger, but now forget about it.
Get some under the bed storage boxes. You gain storage and they loose access.
My rescue dog is climbing under the bed and ripping apart the box spring bit by bit. I am desperate for a way to stop her from going under the bed and shredding our box spring. I am considering putting four by fours along the edges of the bed and also considering taping cardboard to the bottom of the bed and seeing if she will defeat that or not. I am desperate for some ideas.
Buy a product called Scat Mat and put it under the bed.
I do not like it when my dog Max under my bed and I'm trying to find a way to keep him from doing that other than keeping my door shut all the time. Can anybody tell me something I can use to keep him from going under the bed.
Shut my Aussie is4 now,almost 5 and he sleeps under the bed. Wish he wouldn't because he has a hard time getting out. Haven't figured out how to stop him yet.
I have had a female chihuahua for 6 years and every time I put my king bed on the frame she gets under it and poops. =/ She goes outside, but there is something about the bed area that makes her feel she needs to leave little "bombs" all over the place under it. It's really big and heavy, so moving it every day to get to the little gifts is not fun. I think after reading all of the replies, I might just try the idea of making a wooden "skirt" around the frame to keep her from getting under it. It may be harder to do but well worth the result. ;)
After reading everyone's similar problems and possible solutions, I'm going to try stapling 5" landscape edging from the inside of the wooden frame of my bed. I think it will leave such a small space underneath, he can't go there anymore. It comes in black, so I don't think it will even show.
I'm having the same problem that most of you are having. Mine will go to the bathroom under my bed but she also goes outside to. She also steals my clothes and slippers under my bed along with her toys. And when I have to go out she runs under the bed so it takes me a lot longer to get her
I have a pocket beagle and I have the same issue, he runs and hides under my bed, and I can smell the pee, I don't know what to do to get him out, I will try each advise here.
I have a similar problem. I got a rescue dog about a month ago. He is a Labrador retriever mix. I haven't had any issues with him wanting to hide under the bed until recently. The problem is he can barely fit going in and out under the bed. I don't know what to do and I don't understand why he started doing it. In fear of him injuring himself going in and out I started having him sleep in his crate but i have to lock it because he likes to go through the trash.
I have a yorkie, she likes to steal everything she can and takes it under my cal king bed, then when my husband , or kids open any door, go to the bathroom, or my husband rolls over, she barks and growls, the o ly way we get any sleep is to kennel her when I'm home, we got her at 1 year old , I think she came with issues, she is now 5, we don't know what to do.
My yorkie is a little over one and she goes under my bed and has ripped all the covering off the box spring. She also goes under there when I try to catch her when she has something she shouldn't. It makes me sooooo mad. It happened again this morning. I may get the sheet of plywood although it is way to late as the mattress is destroyed. I guess blocking it all around is the only answer. I am thankful she does not go to the bathroom under there!
I took plastic garden edging and a hook and eye latch into the baseboards.. or you can make a hole and tie them to metal ones. Make it the length of the open area. Bed skirts will cover it;)
Have they seriously not invented a product to help with this? Out of all the crap stuff they come up with, this is a no brainer. I've had this problem with every animal I've ever had. No, I'm not "giving in". That's not acceptable. Like many others who responded, I have found many problems with it, including pooping and peeing and bringing things under there to chew on. I'm not putting boards up because I use my under bed for accessible storage. Why isn't there an adjustable "baby gate" like product for under your bed? Something that can be moved out of the way with ease to access stuff under the bed but also is aesthetically pleasing to bedroom decorum. Please invent this someone!!! Lol
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