How/can I change the sleeping arrangements of two older dogs?
My boyfriend and I have moved in together and we've got a 12 year old boxer(female) and a 12 year old rottie.(male) They've both always slept with us separately and we've decided that there's just not enough room. Any suggestions on how to get these 'ol pups to sleep on the floor? I am concerned that if one is allowed on the bed that it will trigger some jealousy/aggression between them.
on Aug 24th 2010
in Other Behavior & Training
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Get super duper extra comfy pillows and put them on the sides of the bed so they can sleep comfortably and still be next to you guys
Rambo answered on 8/24/10. Helpful? / 1
Years ago we brought a lab and a GSD into the same situation. We got a crib mattress for them, but they were still not thrilled so we ended up getting TWO crib mattresses... everyone lived happily ever after! You can buy a bunch of cheap crib sheets to use for covers. We put one at the foot of the bed and one on the side so they weren't in our way.
Try buying them each a dog bed. Call the beds something. Each dog must understand the meaning of the word. Whether you want to call each dog's bed something different is up to you. You could call them their place, spot, bed. Its your choice. Use the words/word everytime you want them to go on their bed. Tell them "Go to your (spot, bed, etc.)" and then show them to lay down on their bed. They should understand what it means in a week or two.
You don't have to use a bed. This is probably the most comfortable for them, however. You could use a blanket, but a dog bed would be the best.
Buckeye answered on 8/24/10. Helpful? / 1