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How can I train my dog to not sleep up against me in bed after I've fallen asleep?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (25308points) May 11th, 2011

I don’t mind that she sleeps in the bed, firstly. I do mind that she has taken to aggressively snuggling up against me. Every move I make leads to her following me, which has gotten to the point that it is disrupting my sleep.
She gets down when I tell her to, but lately it is so bad that I have to chase her out of bed several times a night because she keeps waking me up. Between her and my husband I am practically smothered, and I wake up often because I can’t move. As soon as I fall asleep again she is right back in my personal space. I have no idea how to change this behavior since it seems to only be a problem once I’m actually asleep. When I’m awake she will lay at the foot of the bed. I can watch TV for hours and she stays by my feet. She doesn’t get invasive until I nod off. It’s driving me bonkers, how do I stop it?

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Brian1946's avatar

I sleep on the couch where there’s no room for invasive snuggling.

How about leaving the TV on when you fall asleep or rubbing some meat on your hubby?

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’ll be following this, as Zuppy manages to occupy 98% of the bed area.

john65pennington's avatar

You are fighting a losing battle with your dog. She, apparently has decided that you are her master and she will always be where you are. My border collie is the same way with my wife.

If the situation really does become a problem, leave your dog outside, leashed.

Or, you can aske a vet for some mild tranquilzer for your dog. He may become a drug addict, but it beats what you are facing now.

Cruiser's avatar

Get a cage but it will be up to you to who you put in there in order to get a good night sleep. ;)

Bellatrix's avatar

When I started thinking perhaps we all (husband, two dogs and me) needed a king sized bed I realised things were silly. We bought a baby gate and put it across our bedroom door. They can sleep in the hall on their beds and they can still see us but we don’t get disturbed constantly because they are hogging the bed.

DJoy83's avatar

My 100+ lb. Rottweiler used to give me this “problem” for a couple of years. While I didn’t mind her sleeping in the bed, she was a big, BIG dog and I often had no room to stretch. She had her own doggie bed that she never slept in or utilized very much at all which I was disappointed in because those things are NOT cheap, especially one for a dog her size.

But here’s a trick that worked for me. As I was changing my bed sheets for the week, I decided to rub the old sheets around in her doggie bed before I took them to the wash one night and guess what, she slept in her doggie bed all night and never ended up coming back into the bed with me!! My scent was in her bed and I guess that was enough for her to keep from taking over my bed. Try that next time you get ready to change your linens for the week.

optimisticpessimist's avatar

I leashed mine to the bed leg. We left the door ajar because we had little kids so she would sneak out and sleep on the couch even though she was not allowed on the furniture. She no longer needs to be leashed. She just sleeps on her bed right next to my side of the bed. A different situation, but a matter of breaking a habit and creating a new one.

ucme's avatar

You see it’s not your personal space, not anymore. Your dog has claimed it as her own. Having been allowed in your bed she has done as any dog would do, her territorial instinct has kicked in. You’re going to have to be firm & assertive with her so that she knows the bed is a no go area. At the moment she can’t distinguish between lying on the bed is okay, but there are limits in terms of where on the bed she’s allowed. Which again, is just a dog behaving perfectly naturally. Basically, it’s going to have to be a case of no bed for the pooch, all or nothing if you like. Good luck :¬)

marinelife's avatar

Shut the dog outside the bedroom.

My dog is trained to lay certain places on the bed, but we have been doing it since he is 10 weeks old so he knows the routine.

cazzie's avatar

Don’t let your dog on the bed. Ick.

crisw's avatar


My nine-year-old flatcoat is also such a snuggler once I am asleep, usually early in the morning. I trained him long ago to move when I ask, and he always does. But I let him snuggle- as he’s nine, I don’t know how much longer he’ll be there.

You might have to use a crate. I also used to use a body pillow to block him, when he was younger, but that of course also takes up room in the bed!

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I would rather let her snuggle me than kick her out of the bed. I do not mind that she sleeps with us whether or not anyone else agrees. Luckily anyone that doesn’t like having a dog in the bed doesn’t have to sleep with us. ;)
@crisw the body pillow is actually a good idea. That won’t follow me around the bed, but I wonder if I use it long enough if she will get accustomed to staying by my feet again.

6rant6's avatar

@Brian1946 “rubbing some meat on your hubby?” How is anyone going to get to sleep if she’s doing that?

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Lay a tee shirt or used towel on the bed where you want her to stay. We use one of my fiancee’s stinky tees and it works!

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