Prevent dog from hiding under bed
June 5, 2011 2:50 PM Subscribe
My wife & I adopted/rescued a daschund recently who doesn't respond well to men. While we're trying to get the dog accustomed to me, we have problems where the dog will hide under our king-sized bed when my wife is out of town and I cannot lure it out. I've tried positive reinforcement, treats, and trying to grab it and gently guide the dog from its hiding place.
posted by jingo74 to pets & animals (24 answers total)
I have never been overly physical with the dog in these efforts and she does not really fear me, which it how I want to keep things. So any behavioral/training tips would be appreciated, but what I'm really interested in are ways to deny the dog access underneath the bed. Things I've contemplated include: buying large, flat plastic storage bins for clothes and placing them so there is no way to get under the bed; and glueing wooden panels to the metal bed frame (I guess these would be base boards or "toe-kicks"). I realize that the dog needs to get acclimated to me and am working on this, but I feel we need a physical solution to keep it from hiding under the bed.
Also, the clearance from the floor to the metal bed frame is 6-7 inches, FYI.
Thanks for any helpful suggestions.