Beyond the Basics: Bedtime Dog Training Command

The bedtime dog training command is a must for anyone with multiple dogs, as we have.  Having to guide two dogs to different crates is enough of a hassle.  But having to guide the 10+ dogs that we have here at any time is just way too much.  With the bedtime command, the only ones I have to help to bed are the new foster dogs, who haven’t yet learned the bedtime routine around here.  It makes it so much simpler!

Bedtime Dog Training Command: Teaching your dog to go to his crate or bed

The first thing you’ll need to start training your dog with a bedtime dog training command is a place for your dog to sleep.  A crate or a dog bed that always in the same spot, is the best place for your dog to sleep.  Or in your own bed of course.  If your dog isn’t crate trained, or a new dog to the household, this is also a great time to work on crate training him.

We use a combination of dog crates and a playpen. The dog playpen has beds, crates with no doors, and a pee pad, for the senior dogs who can’t hold their bladder all night.

You’ll also need some good treats!  Which you usually do when it comes to training your dog to do most anything.

Once you have a bedtime spot, and some high-value dog treats, you’re pretty much set to teach your dog a bedtime dog training command.  And it’s a pretty easy one to teach.  Plus you can practice every night, and anytime you need to leave the dog alone.

Simply lead your dog to his bed or crate and say “bedtime” as he walks in.  Then promptly reward him with the treat before you shut the crate door.

It couldn’t be any simpler. If your dog’s bed or crate is a place where he likes to spend time, he’ll pick it up really quick.  It tends to be one of the easiest dog training commands to work with your dog on.  And it’s one that you only need to practice when you need the dog put to bed.

 

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