Updated at: 14-06-2022 - By: petstutorial

If your dog has been hiding under the bed, you might be wondering why and what can be done about it. This post will show you a number of possible causes and what you can do about it.

So, why does my dog hide under the bed? Possible reasons why your dog has been hiding under the bed are that something has been causing it to be fearful, it finds it more comfortable there or that it does not want to be bothered.

Since there are actually a number of possible causes, it would help to consider what would make each of them more likely. Once you have a good idea of the most likely cause, it should become a lot easier to get your dog to stop doing it.

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Reasons why your dog hides under the bed

Below are a number of possible causes and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

It feels safer there

The reason why it does it could be that it feels safer there. By going under the bed, it will be able to protect itself from above making it more likely that it will be able to see potential threats. This could be the reason why your dog does it even if there is no reason for it to be scared. This would be more likely to be the reason if it tends to have a more submissive personality.

Fear

The reason why it has been doing it might also be that something has been causing it to be fearful. This would be more likely if it tends to do it when a certain thing happens such as when there is thunder or loud noises outside.

Feeling threatened

The cause could also be that it is feeling threatened. This would be more likely if it does it more when a certain person or animal is around or if it does it when you are mad at it. In this case, it would help to interact with it calmly and to use positive reinforcement training to change its behavior instead of punishing it.

It finds it more comfortable

It is not uncommon for dogs to go under the bed. The reason why yours has been doing it could simply be that it finds it more comfortable there since it’s cooler and darker which likely helps it to sleep easier. This would be more likely if your dog does not show any signs of being anxious or scared around the house and if it behaves normally otherwise.

It does not want to be bothered

It might also be the case that it does it because it does not want to be bothered. This would be more likely if it goes there to sleep after getting exercise or being fed. It might also be a sign that it has been struggling to fall asleep at night. It would help to ensure that the area it sleeps in, at night, is cool, not too bright, quiet and that there is a space for it to lay down.

When your dog first started hiding under the bed

If your dog did not always lay under the bed, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it since it might be the case that there was an event that caused it to start. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as something causing it to start being anxious such as someone being aggressive towards it.

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What to do about your dog hiding under the bed

Below are some options you have when getting it to stop doing it.

Give it another place to sleep

If it does not currently have somewhere else to sleep, it would help to give it access to another spot to go to. One option would be to get a crate for it to use and to put a cover over it so that it can go to its crate when it wants to and feel safe there.

Train it to go somewhere else

One option would be to train your dog to lay somewhere else with the use of positive reinforcement training. This is where you encourage it to behave in a certain way by rewarding it when it shows signs of behaving that way.

To use it to get it to lay or sleep in a certain spot you could do something such as the following:

  • Make the location, you want it to sleep in, comfortable.
  • Get your dog to stand there and reward it
  • Encourage your dog to lay down by giving it a treat
  • Continue to repeat the process a few times daily until it realizes that laying there results in it getting rewards

Avoid encouraging it

It could be the case that you have encouraged the behavior by giving your dog rewards when it goes under the bed. Instead, it would help to reward it when it is not under the bed, to avoid rewarding it when it is and to try to redirect its focus when it seems likely to go under the bed.

How To Get Your Dog Not To Hide Under Things

To get your pup to stop spending so much time hiding under things, one approach is to train them to perform a different behavior. If your dog is hiding under the bed, ignore it. But when they’re laying on a mat or a rug, give them a treat. Keep at it and eventually, your dog will likely learn to change their behavior.

“Reward what you want. Ignore what you don’t want. When they know you like something, they like to show it off,” states Jake.

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Conclusion

Canines are sensitive and empathetic creatures and it is our job as their owners to ensure they have a wonderful life. If your dog loves to spend time under the bed, there is no harm in that. Just make sure your dog is not avoiding their life outside of their secret spot under your bed for some reason.

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