Roxy comes very often to stay with us and for some reason she used to shake uncontrollably when it was time to go to bed. She loves treats so I decided to use that and see how she responded.
- Lured her to bed by showing her a treat
- Once in bed, she got a treat
- While Cynthia put a leash and collar I continued to give her treats. We had to do that otherwise she’d walk our bedroom the entire night and this only adds to more anxiety
- I then said to her, “good night,” and gave her one last treat
We did this every time she stayed with us and you know what? It worked. About 2 days ago, I went to brush my teeth and as I was exiting the bathroom I saw something small and dark curled up in her bed, the bedroom is right next to the bathroom, and to my surprise it was Roxy. Wow! She went to bed all by herself.
If your dog has “issues” like cute Roxy, remember the following:
- First, figure out what she loves/likes best and use that to train her
- Do not train her when you are angry or anxious, and make the experience pleasant and short.
- She was tethered to a 6 ft leash allowing her to move comfortably. Do not leave a dog unattended. We do this because she is in the same room with us just a few feet away from our bed
My next goal is to teach her to use a crate. Just like with the bed, if Roxy is put in a crate she shakes like crazy. I wanted to teach her to use a bed before using a crate. Train your dog little by little. There is no point nor need to stress your dog out. Every dog is different, therefore please remember that when training or teaching your dog a new trick or behavior. Go slowly, and take my word for it, it’ll pay off. Have fun training your canine companion.