Why Is My Dog Suddenly Sleeping Under the Bed?
Why is my dog suddenly sleeping under the bed? Are they sick or trying to tell me something? Do I need to do something about my dog sleeping under the bed or should I just let it continue? Is this a normal behavior for dogs, or is my dog being strange for some reason?
Well, don’t worry, because your dog sleeping under the bed is not an unusual thing to be happening, which means there are some very well-known reasons for what’s happening — as well as solutions. So keep reading, because in this article we’ll tell you everything you need to know, including how to stop the behavior!
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How Do I Stop My Dog Suddenly Sleeping Under the Bed?
To stop your dog from suddenly sleeping under the bed, you should first rule out that they are sick. If there have been any changes in their eating or energy levels, consider taking them to the vet. Once you’ve crossed off that possibility, you should work on addressing their problem with handling stress.
When your dog responds to life by running and hiding — in this case, by suddenly sleeping under your bed — then they are clearly displaying to you that they have an issue with anxiety which they do not know how to deal with. You can stop this for them, and all the ways it shows itself, by showing them that you are an effective leader.
How’s that work, you’re wondering? Well, you’ve probably heard before that all dogs are pack animals and that in every pack there is a pack leader. Your dog behaving in this way shows that they do not view you — or anyone in the home — as successfully filling that role.
But by showing them that you can handle things — that you are their pack leader — you’ll ease all of their fears and worries, and they’ll learn how to handle any future anxiety-inducing situations in stride. Any related misbehaviors you’re also experiencing such as whining, barking when you leave, and more, will also go away.
“Sounds perfect, so how do I do that then?”
I’d recommend an excellent free video series that’s on just this subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. He’ll show you everything you need to know, and he does so in a way that’s very clear and easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you’ll see start seeing results in no time.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And he loves dogs just as much as we do, so no worries because everything is (of course) done in a 100% humane and loving manner. That means no being harsh or even having to raise your voice to your beloved four-legged friend!
Why Is My Dog Suddenly Sleeping Under the Bed?
Your dog is suddenly sleeping under the bed because they’ve developed problems with anxiety, and sleeping under the bed is the only place they feel safe and comfortable enough to get some rest. If they’re also hiding underneath your bed during the day, you can be almost certain that this is the case.
It’s also possible that your dog might be sick and wants to be close to you, but somewhere that is also quiet and dark. If you’ve noticed other signs of illness like a change in diet or energy level, consider taking them to the vet.
Lastly, if your dog is suddenly sleeping under the bed and not showing any other signs of stress or feeling sick, then it could just be that they’ve recently discovered that it’s nice and quiet and dark down there (dogs love sleeping in areas that feel like caves, being descended from wolves). Try putting a crate with a bed inside and a blanket over the top near your bed as an alternative for them.
Do Dogs Suddenly Sleep Under the Bed When They Are Sick?
Dogs do suddenly sleep under the bed when they are sick. If this is a new behavior for them and they’re not showing other signs of stress and anxiety, then there’s a good chance that your dog is feeling ill. Are they eating differently or has there been a change in their energy level too? Consider taking them to the vet just to be safe.
Anytime dogs begin suddenly sleeping in an unusual spot without showing other signs of anxiety, illness is a very possible explanation. Sleeping under the bed and random other places can be a way for dogs to isolate themselves from others and protect themselves when they don’t feel good.
Should I Let My Dog Sometimes Sleep Under the Bed?
If your dog only sometimes sleeps under the bed and you haven’t noticed any other signs of stress or being sick, then it’s really up to you. When none of those are present, then your dog is likely just occasionally sleeping under the bed just because it’s dark and quieter down there. You might find them under your desk too.
If you’d like to give them a similar option that’s not under your bed, then you can place a crate in the corner near your bed. Put some soft bedding inside, and place a blanket over the top. This will replicate the security of being under your bed, without them actually having to be down there.
I’m sure you’re eager to begin handling why your dog is sleeping under the bed all of a sudden so I’ll let you get started on things. Best of luck, and don’t forget to share this article “Why Is My Dog Suddenly Sleeping Under the Bed” in case you want to read it again later for some reminders.