Cutting Fido (or Fluffy) Loose
We previously shared the importance of evicting your pet from your bed. A lot of our readers feel that this is way easier said than done. Now that you know why your pet needs to go, we're going to talk about how to get it done.
Close the Door
As simple as it sounds, simply keeping the animal out of your bedroom is a good first step. Your pet may fuss for a few nights, but your SleepPhones can help block out the noise!
Provide Alternate Arrangements
One of the reasons why your pet likes to sleep in your bed is the same as why you do: it's comfortable. Purchase a cozy new bed specifically for your pet and start with it placed next to your bed. Once the pet is used to sleeping on it, you can gradually move it further from the bed, but starting too far away may be too much of a change for your pet. Do not use the bed when he or she is being punished; you want to associate the bed with only positive experiences.
Use Your Scent
Dogs and cats alike associate your scent with calmness and comfort, so that may be one of the reasons they want to sleep with you. When you provide them with their new bed, place one of your old shirts on the bed so that they will have your scent near them as well.
Use a Leash
If it's a dog that you're trying to break the cycle with, take him into your room on a leash. When he jumps on the bed, gently pull him back off, firmly say "off" and tell him to sit, praising him once he does. Then, take him over to his bed and tell him to lie down, again praising him when he obeys.
Use a Repellent Spray
Pet repellent sprays, available at pet stores or online, contain odors that are unnoticed by humans but offensive to pets. Spraying these repellents around your bed may deter your pet from coming near your bed.
If all else fails, consult a local animal trainer to help you transition your pet out of the bedroom. You and your pet will both be better off — and better rested — in the long run!