Dogs Exchanging Beds



Can you see Dexter on his big, comfortable bed?  When I started pet sitting, a couple of years ago, I was obsessed with making the dogs that stayed with us use only their bed, but as time went by, I realized that they many times exchanged beds.


Now, can you see Dexter on this little bed?  That bed was for Roxy to use, but I guess Dexter decided that this would be a better fit for him.  I think Roxy is just in shock.


Now, Sarris is, for the most part, in her bed, the one she is occupying in the picture or Dexter’s big bed.  She does not care for that little bed.  Smart girl.  If you have multiple dogs, do they exchange beds too?

19 Comments Add yours

    1. Marcela says:

      Omg, that is terrible. I had a dog that stayed with us for a month a while ago, and she did the same, but by the 2nd day with us she was fine. How did I do it? I took her for 2 long walks, morning and evening, of about 40 – 60 mins each. One midday walk of about 15 mins., and for the first 2 days when she wanted to bite her bed, I gave her a Nylabone. It worked:)

      1. Marcela says:

        Your welcome Ivonne. I love to hear from other pet parents and realize that I am not alone:) Enjoy your weekend.

  1. I guessed it – she is a smart girl. maybe dogs are like teens who change their clothes the whole time ( no matter if they fit or not)? Have agreat weekend :o)

  2. Dudley was never big on a “dog bed”. He liked to snooze on the ottoman and he’d get on my bed for awhile at night, but rarely stayed there all night. He preferred the floor. Zoe did like her bed and would sleep there often enough, but she liked my bed better.

    1. Marcela says:

      Boy, they are different. Yes, all dogs, just like humans, have their preferences. It’s funny because Alex, my 11 year old dog, knew that she could get in bed with us during the weekends. All I had to do was look at her, and in a matter of seconds she had jumped on the bed and found a cozy spot. Cozy, not meaning small, for that girl managed to occupy 1/2 of the bed:)

  3. My dog insists that the tiny little cat bed is the best ever! Takes her a while to squeeze and stuff her body into it but, once she has, there’s no moving her.

    1. Marcela says:

      Lol. Some of the dogs that stay with us, the same size as Dexter or bigger do the same. Its amazing to see them squeeze such a big body in a little bed, but they do it:)

    2. Marcela says:

      Lol. Ok., now I know that they do not know how big or small they are. It’s crazy funny seeing them trying to fit themselves into tiny beds:) You’re right, they do not want to move.

  4. the problem that faces every multiple pet owner… well, at least they’re using the beds.

    1. Marcela says:

      True. A few dogs don’t care for them.

  5. Hahaha!! Poor Roxy, that was a really cute picture of them 🙂 I prefer to sleep on the couch where I have my special spot reserved just for me 😉

    1. Marcela says:

      I bet you do:)

  6. Will and Eko says:

    That;s too funny, the same exact thing happened when we watched a friend’s dog for the weekend. I guess dogs like trying out new stuff too!

    1. Marcela says:

      Either that or they truly have no concept of how big or small they really are:)

  7. Our three standard poodles exchange crates. They think our beds are theirs, our upholstered furniture is theirs, sometimes they let us on. I know, so undisciplined, dogs train people. We don’t have floor space for them to have dog beds big enough for their 50 lb. long legged bodies.

    1. Marcela says:

      Hi Janet. A lot of pet parents tell me the same, and I look at it this way, do whatever makes you and your dog happy:)

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