If your dog won’t jump on the bed, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

So, why won’t my dog jump on the bed? Likely reasons why your dog won’t jump on the bed are injury, old age, or that your dog does not want to be on the bed.

There are a number of possible reasons why your dog won’t jump on the bed but there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Why won’t my dog jump on the bed?

Below are likely reasons why your dog won’t jump on the bed and what would make them more likely.

Injury

It could be the case that your dog has gotten an injury. This would be more likely if your dog has stopped jumping on the bed suddenly and if your dog has been showing other signs of injury such as limping or yelping when moving. In this case, the best option would be to take it to a vet.

Your dog does not think they are able to do it

It might also be the case that your dog does not think that they will be able to make it onto the bed. This would be more likely if your dog has never been able to jump onto the bed before. In this case, it would help to try to encourage your dog to do it by luring them with treats and to be patient.

Your dog does not understand that you want them to jump on the bed

It could also be the case that your dog does not understand that you want them to jump on the bed. This would be more likely if your dog just sits besides the bed and stares at you and if they show signs of confusion such as twisting their heads.

Your dog does not want to be on the bed

It could also be the case that your dog just does not want to be on the bed. This could be because it is too cramped on there, it is too hot in your room or because it is too hot on the bed. This would be more likely if your dog does jump on the bed sometimes but it does not do it in situations such as when it is hot in your room or when there are other people on the bed.

Old age

The cause could also be that your dog is old and unable to jump on the bed anymore due to weakness. This would be more likely if your dog had been struggling to jump onto the bed for a while before it finally was unable to. In this case, it could help to make it easier for your dog to get onto the bed by adding a ramp or something for your dog to step on first.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

If your dog did jump on the bed in the past

If your dog did used to jump on the bed in the past, it would help to consider what else happened when your dog stopped jumping on the bed. If your dog stopped doing it suddenly, it would be more likely to be due to injury, old age or something changing in your room causing your dog not to want to be on the bed.

The timing of when your dog does not jump on the bed

If your dog does jump on the bed sometimes, it would also help to consider what is different when your dog does jump on the bed. For example, if your dog only does it when you are on the bed, it would be more likely that your dog has separation anxiety.

How to get my dog to jump on the bed?

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Positive reinforcement training

One option would be to give your dog positive reinforcement training by rewarding your dog whenever it shows signs of jumping on the bed or whenever they do actually jump on the bed.

Make it easier for your dog to jump on the bed

It could also help to make it easier for your dog to get on the bed by putting down a ramp or a platform for your dog to step on.

Get help

If it seems like your dog has been doing it due to injury, the best option would be to take them to a vet. By doing so, you should be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular dog and to deal with any injuries.

Give your dog other places to go

If it seems like your dog does not want to be on the bed, it could also help to give your dog another place to go such as by putting a dog bed down in your bedroom.

Author

I created and currently manage Pet Dog Owner, the website you can go to when you have questions about your dog's behavior. It is my hope that you find Pet Dog Owner to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your dog. You can read more about me and my website here.