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Old 07-15-2008, 01:22 PM   #1
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Why is my dog doing this?

There's very few dog rules in our house but the one rule is that they're not allowed to jump on the beds or couch. The past week our bulldog has slept on the couch every night (he jumps up after we've gone to bed and jumps off when he hears one of us coming down the passage but sometimes he's too slow and we catch him or otherwise he leaves evidence in the form of drool marks on the couch) He's 10 and a half years old and have never done this before. He and the staffie sleeps in a very comfortable dog bed in the living room and they get tucked in underneath their blanket every night as it's winter (the couch is leather so it can't be warm or comfortable for him to lie there) Things have been a bit hectic in our household the past couple of weeks but we've still been spending the same amount of time with the dogs as usual so I don't think he's doing it for attention. Has anyone else experienced the same with their dogs or does anyone have any idea why he might be doing this ?

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Old 07-15-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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Not sure TK.... dogs express themselves in ways I can only wonder. (As I type this, Binks is staring at me so lovingly from my lap... I wonder what he is thinking!) He obviously knows he is not suppose to do it, but for what ever reason he is. Stress or changes around the house could be to blame, but I have leather furniture and my dogs love laying on it. I should have got the picture of Binks today nestled on the couch... he looked soooo cozy and comfy.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:01 PM   #3
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My first thought is that, at his age, he probably has developed arthritis. Dog beds don't have enough padding and the joints hurt because of it. I would recommend either using an old couch cushion you don't use anymore, or one of those overstuffed floor cushions and showing your dog it's for him.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:08 PM   #4
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My first thought is that, at his age, he probably has developed arthritis. Dog beds don't have enough padding and the joints hurt because of it. I would recommend either using an old couch cushion you don't use anymore, or one of those overstuffed floor cushions and showing your dog it's for him.
Thanks - that might just be it - will try it (and take him to the vet for a check up)
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:12 PM   #5
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My cat Hemi used to do that. He thought he was smarter than me.

The smoking gun was all the fur he left there while he was sleeping.

That pet-off stuff worked for a little while, then I just gave up.
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Old 07-15-2008, 02:41 PM   #6
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If things are hectic in your house, could it be your smells bring him the security, despite the warmth of his own bed? Plus it's got to be softer.
Rub his comfort objects on yourself, or whoever he's most close to. Then place in his bed. See what happens.
But I would take him to the vet.
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:17 PM   #7
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Pillow Talk

Our oldest will climb up on a bedpillow when something is wrong . Can't explain it, it's just her thing. If we're laying on the pillow she will sit on the spot we're not laying on.
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:25 PM   #8
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Yep. Hard to say.
My 8-1/2 year old went through a phase doing that for a while. Now she is content being back on the floor where "she belongs", and her joints are stiff, so the floor definitely isn't more comfortable for her.
Dogs do like sleeping up high when possible. It is where the alpha always sleeps, the highest spot. Nothing a mousetrap won't cure.
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:26 PM   #9
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Maybe he's too hot tucked into his dog bed. The leather would feel cooler to him.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:17 PM   #10
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He and the staffie sleeps in a very comfortable dog bed in the living room and they get tucked in underneath their blanket every night as it's winter (the couch is leather so it can't be warm or comfortable for him to lie there)
Who says??? Maybe Mr. Bulldog is smarter than you give him credit for. Who wouldn't want to bunk on a leather couch than on the floor.

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he jumps up after we've gone to bed and jumps off when he hears one of us coming down the passage but sometimes he's too slow and we catch him or otherwise he leaves evidence in the form of drool marks on the couch)
So he knows what he is doing is unacceptable...Maybe behavior modification is called for...
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