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Introducing Your Pet to a Dog Orthopedic Bed
If you have decided to purchase a dog orthopedic bed for your pet, congratulations! Your dog will thank you for providing him with a comfortable, supportive bed that he will enjoy for years to come. It can be very frustrating to bring home a brand new dog orthopedic bed only to find your dog refuses to sleep in it. Whether your dog already has an old bed, or this is his first, there are a few simple steps you can take to help your pet transition to the new dog orthopedic bed, using your dog’s natural denning instincts.
Place the bed in a spot that is warm, safe and cozy that appeals to a dog’s love of den-like spaces. If you place the dog orthopedic bed in the middle of a high-traffic room, your dog may never feel secure and protected sleeping there. It may help to position the dog orthopedic bed in a spot he usually sleeps in. Keep the dog orthopedic bed in the same spot so he identifies this spot as his own. Transferring your scent onto the dog orthopedic bed by rubbing the fabric against your skin will help your dog recognize that the bed is safe and belongs in your home.
Make sure he knows the dog orthopedic bed is his. Dogs that are not allowed to climb on the furniture may be naturally hesitant to check out the new dog orthopedic bed; as far as your dog knows, this is another piece of furniture he must stay off. Place a few treats or his favorite dog toy to entice him onto the dog orthopedic bed. Praise or pet him when he climbs onto the bed and settles down.
If your dog still will not get into the dog orthopedic bed on his own, pick him up and gently place him on the bed. Sit down next to him and reward him with praise or treats when he stays, but do not force him to stay in the dog orthopedic bed. Your dog’s orthopedic bed should be a place of comfort and safety, so never send him to his bed as a punishment for doing something bad.
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