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Why Is My Dog Going Under My Bed & Sleeping All of a Sudden?

Has your dog started sleeping under your bed all of a sudden? It can be confusing when your pup changes their habits out of the blue.

This article will explore the reasons behind your dog’s new choice of sleeping spot. Whether they’re under your bed when you’re home or when you’re away, or if they’re spending the whole day there, we’ll try to explain the potential reasons behind this behavior. If you have a new puppy that has taken a liking to sleeping under the bed, we’ll cover that too!

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you understand and treat your furry friend’s behavior. Keep reading to find out more!

Why Is My Dog Sleeping Under My Bed All of a Sudden?

Why Is My Dog Suddenly Sleeping Under the Bed?

If your dog has suddenly started sleeping under your bed, you might be left feeling worried or puzzled. It’s important to understand this behavior as it can be an indicator of various things. Let’s take a look at some reasons why this might be happening and how you can help.

Searching for Security and Comfort

Dogs may choose to sleep under your bed because it provides a feeling of security and comfort. This behavior can be more common in times of stress or anxiety, like during thunderstorms or when fireworks are going off. The bed acts as a safe den-like space where they can hide and feel secure.

Avoiding Noise and Disturbance

Dogs have a heightened sense of hearing compared to humans. If there are noisy activities in the house or the environment, your dog might choose to sleep under the bed where it’s quieter and less disruptive. This behavior can be more pronounced in dogs that are sensitive to sound.

It’s Cooler Under the Bed

Your dog may find it cooler under your bed, especially during warmer months. Dogs can’t sweat like humans, and they may seek cooler places to help regulate their body temperature.

Health Issues

If your dog’s behavior changes suddenly, it could be a sign of health issues. Pain, discomfort, or illness can make a dog seek a quiet, secluded place to rest. If your dog has other symptoms, like changes in appetite, lethargy, or unusual behavior, consult with a vet as soon as possible.

Changes in the Environment

A change in the environment, such as a move to a new home, a new family member, or even rearranged furniture, can upset a dog. In response, your dog may start to sleep under your bed to seek a familiar and comforting scent — yours.

Dog Suddenly Sleeping Under Bed: How to Help

If your dog’s new sleeping spot under the bed is causing concern, there are several steps you can take:

  1. Identify any environmental changes that might have triggered the behavior and try to mitigate them.
  2. Provide a comfortable and quiet sleeping area elsewhere in the house.
  3. Consult with a vet if you suspect health issues.

These steps will get your dog to stop suddenly sleeping under the bed, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issue (anxiety, fear, etc.) that’s causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address that, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last then?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

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Why Does My Dog Sleep Under My Bed Under Me?

Why Is My Dog Sleeping Under My Bed All of a Sudden?

If your dog sleeps under your bed under your side, it may seem odd, but it’s actually very explainable and usually no major cause for alarm. The key reasons behind this behavior might include the need for security, the desire for close proximity, and the attraction to your scent.

  1. Security: One of the most straightforward reasons your dog may choose this spot is for security. Under the bed provides a kind of safe haven, a den-like environment where your pup can feel protected while they sleep. And being under your bed, specifically, gives them an extra layer of security because they’re close to you.
  2. Proximity: Dogs are social animals. They crave companionship, and that often extends to wanting to be near their owners as much as possible. By sleeping under your bed, particularly on your side, your dog is fulfilling that desire for closeness. They can be near you, even when you’re asleep, reinforcing the bond they share with you.
  3. Your Scent: Finally, your scent is a big comfort to your dog. Dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell and associate your scent with feelings of safety and comfort. Sleeping under your bed, close to where you sleep, allows your dog to be surrounded by your scent, making them feel secure and relaxed.

It’s entirely normal for a dog to choose to sleep under the bed, especially if they see it as their safe space. However, keep an eye out for any signs of anxiety or fear that might be driving them to hide there. If your dog seems scared or anxious, go back to the first section of this article and we’ll explain how you can help them.

Why Is My Dog Sleeping Under the Bed When I’m Not There?

Dogs sleeping under the bed when you’re not there can be a behavior that might be a little worrying. Let’s explore some possible reasons why your dog may choose to sleep under the bed when you’re not home:

  1. Comfort and Security: Dogs seek out spaces that provide them with a sense of comfort and security. The space under the bed can create a cozy and secluded environment that helps them feel safe and protected.
  2. Familiarity: Your scent and the scent of your belongings may linger under the bed, making it a familiar and comforting spot for your dog. This can help alleviate any separation anxiety they may experience when you’re not around.
  3. Coolness: The area under the bed may offer a cooler temperature compared to other parts of the house. Dogs naturally gravitate towards cooler spots when seeking relief from warm weather or when they simply prefer a cooler sleeping area.
  4. Privacy: Dogs, like humans, appreciate having their own personal space. Sleeping under the bed allows them to have some privacy and solitude, which can be particularly appealing when they are alone.
  5. Security from Noise: If your absence coincides with times when there are loud noises or disturbances in the environment, such as construction work or thunderstorms, your dog may seek refuge under the bed to find a quieter and more sheltered space.

It’s important to note that every dog is unique, and their reasons for choosing to sleep under the bed when you’re not there may vary. If you’re concerned about your dog’s behavior or if it’s causing any disruptions, go back to the first section of this article for more help on how to deal with it.

Dog Started Sleeping Under Bed All Day Long

If your dog has recently started sleeping under your bed all day long, it might be a signal that something is off. Dogs are creatures of habit, and sudden changes in behavior are always worth investigating. Here are some potential reasons for this behavior change and what you can do to help your dog.

Seeking Comfort and Security

Underneath the bed is a snug and secure space, reminiscent of a den. If your dog is feeling anxious or insecure, they might choose this spot to seek comfort. This behavior can be triggered by a variety of stressors such as thunderstorms, fireworks, or even changes within the home like a new pet or family member.

Shielding from Noise

Dogs have a much sharper sense of hearing compared to humans. Loud noises in the house or nearby can be distressing for them. If your dog is particularly sensitive to sounds, they might be retreating under the bed to find some peace and quiet.

Finding a Cooler Spot

If the weather has been hot, your dog may simply be trying to find a cooler place to rest. Dogs don’t regulate heat as efficiently as humans do and can quickly become overheated. The floor under the bed can often be cooler and more comfortable.

Possible Health Issues

Sudden changes in your dog’s behavior could indicate a health issue. Pain or discomfort might make your dog want to hide and rest in a secluded spot. If your dog shows other signs of being unwell, such as changes in appetite, excessive scratching, or unusual aggression, you should consult with a vet immediately.

How to Help Your Dog

  1. Try to identify any recent changes that might be causing stress or anxiety and take steps to alleviate them.
  2. Make sure your dog has a comfortable and quiet place to rest that isn’t under your bed. A dog bed in a calm, low-traffic area might be a good option.
  3. Keep your home’s temperature comfortable, especially during the hotter months.
  4. Schedule a vet visit to rule out health issues if you suspect your dog may be unwell.

If your dog seems particularly anxious, go back to the first section of this article for more help on treating this issue.

Puppy Sleeping Under Bed: Do You Handle Differently?

If you’ve noticed your puppy is sleeping under the bed, you may wonder if this behavior requires a different approach than with an adult dog. While some reasons for this behavior are the same regardless of age, puppies do have specific needs and behaviors that should be considered.

Comfort and Security

Just like with adult dogs, puppies may seek out secure, confined spaces like under the bed or under your desk for comfort and security. This behavior could be especially common in newly adopted puppies who are still adjusting to their new environment.

Sensitivity to Changes

Puppies are also more sensitive to changes in their environment compared to adult dogs. If there’s been a recent change in your home, such as new people or pets, loud noises, or a move to a new location, your puppy might be feeling overwhelmed and seeking a safe, quiet spot to retreat.

Exploring Their Environment

Keep in mind, puppies are naturally curious and love to explore their environment. Hiding under the bed might simply be a part of their exploration and play. As long as they’re not showing signs of fear or anxiety, it’s usually not a cause for concern.

Setting Good Habits

While it’s generally okay for a puppy to sleep under the bed occasionally, you don’t want it to become a habit. It’s important to establish good sleeping habits early on, so encourage your puppy to sleep in their own designated spot, like a crate or a dog bed. This helps to set boundaries and ensures they have a safe, comfortable place of their own.

How to Handle a Puppy Sleeping Under the Bed

  1. Make their own sleeping spot attractive: Make sure their designated sleeping area is comfortable, warm, and inviting. You can use a comfortable dog bed, blankets, and even a piece of your clothing to attract your puppy to their spot.
  2. Use positive reinforcement: If your puppy chooses to sleep in their own spot instead of under your bed, reward them with praise or treats to encourage this behavior.
  3. Limit access to under the bed: If necessary, you can block access to under your bed to prevent your puppy from sleeping there.

Remember, it’s important to handle this situation with patience and positivity. Every puppy is unique, so take the time to understand your puppy’s needs and respond accordingly. If you have any concerns, we have more help on dealing with this issue in the first section of this article.

I’m sure you’re eager to handle this, so I’ll let you get started on things. Best of luck, and thanks for reading this article “Why Is My Dog Going Under My Bed & Sleeping All of a Sudden?”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.