Summary: If you purchase a bed for your dog it could take some time and effort before your pet is comfortable enough to use it.
Your process for getting a new bed for yourself is probably fairly simple. Once your current bed is no longer in proper working condition you can simply donate it or throw it away to make space for a new one. Once you have purchased a new mattress all that is left to do is put some sheets on it. Unfortunately, it is not that simple for dogs. Simply placing a new dog bed on the floor for your pet to use is not enough to get your dog accustomed to it. Your dog will need some encouragement to help him warm up to the bed before he feels comfortable enough to lay down on it. This process can take some time.
Associate the Bed with Happiness
One you can get your dog to feel more comfortable near the bed is to associate the bed with happy things. If you purchased a small bed from The Foam Factory, your dog may not understand what its purpose is. Place some of your dog’s favorite toys near the bed so he knows that the bed is a safe place to be. If your dog gets near the bed feel free to reward him with treats and praise.
Give the Bed a Familiar Scent
Scent can play a powerful role in how we feel about certain places. A scent you recognize from a happy event could make you more joyous, while a scent that reminds you of a sad time could negatively impact your mood.
If your dog has a favorite blanket lay it on top of the new bed. This will help turn the bed from a couch foam into a familiar place. When your dog approaches the bed and is greeted with scents he knows, he will likely feel calmer and more likely to lay on top of it. Additionally, you can rub your hand on the bed so your dog smells someone he trusts when on the bed.