How do I get my dog to understand not jump bite etc when I am in bed?


It has been more than a month since my stubborn but intelligent Basenji has moved into my room. He has not gotten the concept to stay off my bed, bite my toes scratch doors pull on bed sheets. etc… I feel like a barking dog, and that I am somehow feeding him what he wants is attention. However, when I try to push him off the bed gently using his chest he gets upset and growls and gnaws on me. Is there a better way for me to handle this problem.

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4 Responses to “How do I get my dog to understand not jump bite etc when I am in bed?”

  1. Bethany says:

    He’s trying to assume the alpha position in the pack.

    Purchase a gate for your bedroom door (it will be a pain in the butt at first). If your eventual goal is for him to sleep in your bedroom, place him bed outside your bedroom at night (at first). If you don’t want him sleeping in your bedroom, find a nice quite corner where he’s comfortable, and place his bed there, but still put the gate up. That way he can still see you and he is given some boundries.

    During the day, if he gets on the bed you want to discourage it with positive reinforcement. Get his attention (a clicker works great for this, you can purchase one right at your local pet store), show him a treat (don’t call him or he’ll think he’s received the treat for coming), and when he gets off the bed give him the treat and tell him he’s a good boy. Eventually, he’ll associate the sound of the clicker with treats and will help him in other areas of training as well. You really want to be consistent with this. If he’s allowed on the bed during the day, he’ll think it’s okay at night too. Persistence is key.

    After a while of him not getting on the bed anymore, you can try taking the gate down.

  2. HorseMad says:

    Youve got to show him you are the pack leader, not him. Be firm and consistant always putting him in his place.

  3. belle says:

    The only thing that has ever worked with me is water. I keep a bottle of water and if my dog tries to jump in bed I just throw a little on her. Now if I even go to reach for the bottle she gets down. However, my dog hates the rain so it makes sense..give it a try though!

  4. Aphrodite *Dobe uses a PRONG says:

    Put your dog in a crate when you go to sleep – that will stop him.