Ask Kathy Why Your Dog Doesn't Like His Bed

By Kathy Santo | Updated: May 1 2019

Student’s Question:

“My dog has five places in my house where he loves to hang out, none of them being the expensive dog bed I bought him. What can I do?!

Kathy’s Answer:

Dogs, like people, have preferences, and (unlike some people) aren’t shy about meeting their needs. As opposed to the guest who sits on your super uncomfortable couch that’s really without saying a word, your dog has no qualms about finding a place that meets his comfort requirements, a la Goldilocks.

Since you don’t mention that the chosen places are taboo, just that you’re miffed he’s turned his nose up at the high-end bed, then consider him a better judge of his likes and dislikes than you, and return or donate the item in question. You also might want to figure out why he chooses the places he does – warmth, height, softness, privacy – and keep those factors in mind when you go shopping for his next doggie divan!

Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.

In Waldwick, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.


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