Trying To Stop Jack Russell Terrier From Sleeping With Us


My boyfriend has allowed his wonderful, very well-behaved Jack Russell, who is​ two years old, to​ sleep not just on but in​ his bed. We are trying to​ teach her to​ sleep in​ her bed which is​ on the floor by our bed but it's proving very difficult! She's managed to​ sleep there until about 4 AM, but then the whining starts and she ends up with us. It's not really a​ problem so much when we are at​ our house but we are planning to​ go on holiday and she will be staying with my parents and they really won't tolerate her sleeping in​ bed with them, nor the whining when she isn't allowed to, so we thought it​ best to​ nip the habit in​ the bud completely. We can get her to​ stay in​ her bed but we can't get her to​ actually sleep ... she just whines ... even if​ we take her for a​ hundred walks to​ tire her out. It's as​ if​ she HAS to​ be that close to​ us!


Dear Tiffany:

Put the dog in​ a​ crate. Not only will she be UNABLE to​ get onto your bed, but when she goes to​ your parent's house, you will be able to​ take the crate with her so she will have a​ familiar place to​ sleep at​ the different residence. By crating her at​ night, you're providing her with her own "den" since dogs derive more satisfaction from small places than we do. She will more than likely put up a​ fuss in​ being confined beyond her control, but it​ should go away after a​ few nights as​ she becomes more comfortable with the crate. Do not give her any attention while she is​ whining, as​ this will only reinforce the behavior. Some people go so far as​ to​ buy earplugs for those first nights.

Introduce the crate in​ a​ positive manner, with lots of​ treats and praise. Put her bed in​ it​ so it​ has her scent in​ it. Feed her in​ her crate so she gets the idea that no one will disturb her and the crate is​ a​ safe place. When you have to​ shut her in, give her a​ special "crate toy." Many people have had success with Kong toys stuffed with peanut butter or​ cheese/liver paste and freezing these.

The crate is​ also useful for confining the dog when it​ can't be supervised to​ keep it​ out of​ trouble (see the first article above). My book "Secrets of​ a​ Professional Dog Trainer!" goes more in-depth on the use of​ crates and other training devices, and can be found at:

That's all for now, folks!

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