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Keeping a Dog Off the Bed

My dog chewed a hole in my favorite fleece blanket. I wondered why. He has a nice bed on the floor, he took over a queen size pillow with a quilted sham to put on his bed. Mostly he thinks my bed is his and licks the soft sheets. He's part Great Dane and goodness knows what else. I rescued him from a shelter. Riley is the best at snuggles. What do I do when my fiance comes home? Where's Dave gonna sleep, lol?


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June 11, 20180 found this helpful
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Our vet suggested this method....Our Clarence was trained to sleep on his blankie on the floor by us putting a tee shirt of ours on top of the blanket and giving him a cookie when he climbed on to it and giving lots of praise. It took a week or so, but eventually he got it and no longer needs the cookies or tee shirt to go right into his blanket bed for sleep.

For licking things, we tried bitter apple spray that our vet recommended. It worked for his late sister, Carmel, but Clarence wasn't deterred by is worth a try. That said, I would not use the spray on bedding that you sleep on. If he licks other things like a hard surface, try it on that. I say that because with Carmel, after a few times of floor licking, all we had to do was bring out the bottle and she would stop licking pretty much anything.

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June 11, 20180 found this helpful

He is marking his territory. I would make him sleep in his own bed. Crate him if necessary, and he will learn fast

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June 13, 20180 found this helpful

You could try getting a large bed spread to cover your bed during the day. At night with Dave coming over I think crating might be the best bet.


I am really not a fan of crating, and I would try convincing him in a positive way to stay in his own bed at night. Should that not work I would crate him.

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June 15, 20180 found this helpful

Well - it sounds like maybe you have been lonesome with your boyfriend "away" and slipped up and let Riley sleep on your nice soft sheets??

  • How has this situation been handled in the past? Has there been problems with "where" who sleeps?
  • Of course it really does not matter how it got started it is probably not going to be an easy or fast job of "retraining" him.
  • The biggest problem may be yet to come as he most likely will not welcome Dave into "his" bed or even bedroom so I think you should be prepared for a battle.

  • You will have to insist that Riley stay on his bed and you may eventually have to move his bed to another room. You should praise him for staying there but it will still have to be a strong command or you will have to use a crate (which most vets highly recommend for sleeping purposes).
  • This has to be a large lovable dog so it will take some strong will power to not give in "for just one night".
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