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How to Prevent Dog From Hiding Under Bed

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A new dog or a rescued abused one may feel afraid or insecure and hide under furniture such as your bed. This is a guide about how to prevent a dog from hiding under the bed.
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November 19, 2007

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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Holly from Richardson, TX

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 20, 20073 found this helpful
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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.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 25, 20071 found this helpful
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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.

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January 18, 20101 found this helpful
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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.

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June 23, 20170 found this helpful
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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! 

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