If your dog has been jumping on your bed in the morning, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you a number of possible causes and what you can do to get yours to stop.
So, why does my dog jump on my bed in the morning? Possible reasons why your dog jumps on your bed in the morning are that it is excited, it has separation anxiety, it is hungry, it needs to pee or that it wants attention.
There are a number of reasons why your dog might be doing it but there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main reason. There are also a number of things you can do about it.
Why your dog jumps on your bed in the morning
Below are a number of possible reasons why your dog has been doing it and what would make them more likely to be the main reason.
The reason why your dog jumps on your bed, in the morning, is likely to be that it is excited. In the morning, it will be seeing you for the first time after having to be on its own for the night so it will be glad to see you which will likely cause it to become energetic.
In this case, you could try, getting it off your bed, ignoring it until it calms down so that it learns that being calm will result in you giving it attention and then giving it attention when it is calm.
A change in its routine
If you have been getting up at a different time than usual, it could be the case that your dog has been doing it because it is used to getting up at a certain time. This would also be more likely if it does it on the weekends but not during the week. In this case, it could help to quickly feed it and let it outside to pee quickly at the time that it normally wakes up.
The cause could also be that it has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone causes it to become anxious. This would be more likely if it starts showing signs of becoming anxious when you are about to leave it at night.
Encouraging the behavior
It might be the case that you have been encouraging it to become energetic in the morning by giving it things that it wants when it does it. If you tend to give it things such as extra attention, treats or toys when it starts being energetic then it might be doing it more in order to get those things.
Instead, it would help to reward it when it is behaving the way you want and to wait for it to calm down before rewarding it.
Needing to pee
The reason why it jumps on your bed in the morning could be that it needs to pee or poo. This would be especially likely if it is a puppy or it tries to get you to let it outside and it pees or poos as soon as it goes outside.
In this case, it would help to make sure to let it out to pee shortly before going to bed so that it doesn’t have to wait too long until the morning.
It could also be the case that it does it for attention. This would be more likely if it tries to make you give it attention in the mornings and if it behaves in a way that normally results in you giving it extra attention.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider when figuring out the main reason why your dog has been doing it.
What else happened when your dog first started jumping on your bed
If it did not always jump on your bed in the mornings, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as getting up at a different time than usual or if it started sleeping in a different room causing it to struggle to sleep.
What is different when it does it
It would also help to consider what is different when it normally does it. For example, if it only does it on weekends, it would be more likely that it is because it is used to getting up at a certain time during the week.
What to do about your dog jumping on your bed in the morning
Below are some things you can do in order to get your dog to stop doing it.
Avoid rewarding the behavior
As mentioned above, it could be the case that it has learned that it gets rewards for jumping on your bed in the mornings. It would help to get it off the bed, when it does it, and to wait for it to calm down before giving it things that it wants.
Reduce its access to your room in the morning
It would also help to reduce its access to your room in the mornings so that it is more difficult for it to jump on your bed. However, it would also help to reduce reasons why it might be doing it by letting it pee, ensuring that it can sleep easily and feeding it in the evenings.
Let it pee
If it tends to want to pee first thing in the morning, it would likely help to quickly let it out to pee and then to go back to bed if you want to.
Give it exercise
It would also help to ensure that it is able to get the daily amount of recommended exercise so that it is able to sleep more easily.