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We have a 2 year old olde english bulldog, and we reciently started making him sleep in his own bed. We thought that everything was going ok, but he started getting really hyper when we went to bed, and jumpig and pawing at us when we are in the bed. We started giving him a peanut butter treat, and he will lay on his bed, but he will eventually go sleep on the couch and not on his bed. He started getting mad at us and barking and acting out instead of layng in his bed. We sarted shutting him in the spare room to sleep, but he scratches at the carpet and barks for 20 minutes or so, the only thing is he lays in his bed. He gets very nervous when we are not in his sight, and jumps at us when we show any afection towards each other. I was wondering if their ws any advice that you could give to calm him down, and get him to sleep in his bed. The simple "NO" does not work for discipline either.
 

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We have a 2 year old olde english bulldog, and we reciently started making him sleep in his own bed. We thought that everything was going ok, but he started getting really hyper when we went to bed, and jumpig and pawing at us when we are in the bed. We started giving him a peanut butter treat, and he will lay on his bed, but he will eventually go sleep on the couch and not on his bed. He started getting mad at us and barking and acting out instead of layng in his bed. We sarted shutting him in the spare room to sleep, but he scratches at the carpet and barks for 20 minutes or so, the only thing is he lays in his bed. He gets very nervous when we are not in his sight, and jumps at us when we show any afection towards each other. I was wondering if their ws any advice that you could give to calm him down, and get him to sleep in his bed. The simple "NO" does not work for discipline either.
By giving him a treat when he starts acting up, all you are doing is validating and reinforcing his bad behavior. You can't reason with him and say "Oh if I give you a treat will you settle down?" Dogs don't think on that level. All he knows is that every time he starts acting up, he gets a treat...so why would he stop acting up?

Maddi will not sleep in her bed if she has the choice. We fixed that by buying a child gate so she can't get out of our bedroom at night.

As for his acting out when you make him sleep in his bed....ignore the behavior completely. Go to bed an hour early if you have to so you don't lose sleep. It is extremely annoying, but if you do anything other than ignore him you will only make it worse. Eventually he'll see that he will not get his way and the behavior should stop.

Keep in mind that ALL bully breeds are known for being stubborn (actually, they're just tenacious by nature, but people confuse the two) so it will take a lot of time and a lot of patience on your part.

Above all, don't cater to him - YOU PAY THE BILLS, not him.
 

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Thank you for the advice on our situation. We are trying a backpack with water bottles in it to tire him out. We hope with lots of walks he will be tired enough to want to just go to sleep. I like the idea of the baby gate and we are going to try it.
 
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