Relentless Pup

I just thought I would share our latest frustration with our 5 month old tri named Kiya.
Kiya really is a sweet girl. She is gentile and loves affection but there is just one thing that drives Alex and I crazy. Kiya won’t stop until she gets what she wants. I know it’s a tri thing but seriously…..We trained our boy to sleep on the floor in his own bed. Apparently Kiya does not want to sleep on the floor. All night long she will jump right back on the bed. Sometimes she will jump right on our heads with no care in the world. I will put her right back in her bed on the floor next to Chance and she will sigh. A few minutes later she is at it again. Jumping right back on the bed. I loose count after she does this 20 times. Once she finally gives up and falls asleep on the floor, a few hrs later she is right back on the bed and at that point we give up because we are just too tired to deal with her. I know she knows this because she can be wicked at times. 😉
It really would not be a problem letting her stay in bed with us except for the fact that she takes the whole bed and snores. She constantly is moving around and it keeps you from sleeping at night.
Crating her at night is out of the question. If she is crated and knows that Chance isn’t, she will go ballistic and then no one will sleep.
Last night I even tried bringing a squirt bottle to bed hoping that would keep her off the bed. It worked for the first 5 attempts but then she could care less about the water.
This pup never gives up!!! :rolleyes:

Well, I've got a few options for you.

1. Find a spot on the bed that she can sleep well in. Medjai likes his bed on my bed or my pillow next to my head.

2. Better the crate training

3. (not nice to the other dog) crate both.

@etzbseder:

Well, I've got a few options for you.

1. Find a spot on the bed that she can sleep well in. Medjai likes his bed on my bed or my pillow next to my head.

2. Better the crate training

3. (not nice to the other dog) crate both.

I wish it was that simple. Kiya just won't sit still at night. She likes to first sleep at my feet but that gets too hot so she moves up to the top of the covers. Then after about an hour she will walk on our heads and plop right on the pillow and stretch out taking over the bed. She is a bed hog!!!!! :mad:

We no longer crate our boy Chance. As a pup he hated the crate no mater what we did to try to make it a good place. He would thrash about and freak out. A few months ago we decided to see how he would do left alone in the house and he is doing great. He has been crate free for 2 mts now with no problems. Kiya on the other hand is still a pup and can't be trusted unsupervised in our house. She is already crated during the day while we are away so crating her at night won't work. Thats just too much crate time.

Sorry for your dilema😕 I sleep with 2 "B's"…They move around, but I got used to it. They are my "energy saving devices" in the winter, as I can keep the heat way down with them under the covers.:D

@basenjishunt:

Sorry for your dilema😕 I sleep with 2 "B's"…They move around, but I got used to it. They are my "energy saving devices" in the winter, as I can keep the heat way down with them under the covers.:D

Thats awsome! A nice B Heater :o

You might try this…it worked for Ruby. I would call her up on the bed and would get her to sit in the spot that I wanted her at and then lie down. If she started playing or moved, I put her back at the spot I wanted her at. If she wouldn't settle in, I would put her back in the crate. After a few times she understood that she had a spot on the bed (only to sleep) and only that spot, otherwise, it was her crate. Now if I get up in the middle of the night, she'll lift her head, but won't get up. Oh, and in the winter, I call her my "hot water basenji".

Welcome to the world of not only a Tri, but you are also really getting the "bitch" temperament… I have always said... "Girls have an agenda, Boys don't have a clue".
What you have IMO, would come in any color... but then I know her breeding and I know (have the same) the temperaments and how stubborn Zuri dogs can be when they want....

I totally agree with you, if you are crating all day, not to crate at night... but the solution to your problem...?... I wish you luck!!!

I have never been able to get them to stay in one spot in the bed, but I usually find it is the boys (particularly ones that are not neutered) that get hot.... and wanted out from under the covers and then back in again...

When Mica, being the stray dog that wandered into my life decided to sleep on the bottom right side of the bed the first two nights before I went through the process of adopting her, I went out and bought her a "blankee" which is hers. It was like watching a gift from the magic kingdom when I gave it to her. I could see the glee of her happiness. Sometimes when she hogs the bed, I will get out a treat from a treat box, above the bed and redirect her to that spot, her blankee. Lately she has been more of a bed homesteader than seems fair. But who says she will play fair when anything is fair game in her world? I can only blame myself for getting lax sometimes, but if she can push the sleep issue and wander all over the bed, she does, so I have learned to accomodate, but I think it becomes a matter of working with the animal. Sometimes, she doesnt like to be moved in the middle of the night, so she decides to make sport of a growl, but, the line always has been drawn, and you cant let down your guard, even as joyful as this little live critter is.
BaMicas mom

Yeah, Medjai would get out of the covers, if he was under them. Now that it's warmer, although he still wants under, I don't let him. he will be a little cold an shiver, but that's only happened 2 times in the last two weeks. Once we actually get to summer, that won't be a problem.

Medjai knows he is welcome to sleep next to my hip as he used to, but he likes the pillow better.

I have had CO weather described as being in menopause because we go from snow one day to 75º the next couple to 30s again on the weekend. This can sometimes keep up for two whole months.

Basenji Mix

I don't have any advice for you Vanessa. But have similar aggravation with Daisy. She has to be on the bed with a good heavy lean into one of us on our legs. It's like intentional so we move over. So we move to have a bit more room and she gets up and puts another heavy lean into us again. I just hope to fall asleep so she doesn't bother me. I have booted her off so I can reclaim my space - she does come back though.

I slide mine around under the covers, if I need to. They are used to it, and stay curled up in a ball. I just push them to a new spot. They don't care…cracks me up! Occasionally I'll wake up with the girl's head on the pillow next to me, the covers perfectly arranged up to her neck.:D

Hmmm…definitely a dilemma. What I did with Ivy at that age is allow her to sleep on the bed, but she had to sleep in one place (on the left side of the bed, and of me, curled up). I just held her there, and eventually she would fall asleep and stay there. To this day, that is her sleeping place when she gets to be in the bed.

I can't imagine how you will be successful trying to get her to stay on the floor, because surely as soon as you fall asleep she will hop up? I would probably just give up, and try to have everybody find a space on the bed, and work on good bed manners, I guess?

@basenjishunt:

I slide mine around under the covers, if I need to. They are used to it, and stay curled up in a ball. I just push them to a new spot. They don't care…cracks me up! Occasionally I'll wake up with the girl's head on the pillow next to me, the covers perfectly arranged up to her neck.:D

That is what we do, too. Especially me…if they are in my way, I just push them out of the way. Tim is more considerate 😉 to the point that he will let them push him to the edge of the bed!! I always say 'just push them back!!'...maybe he sleeps more deeply?!?

One of ours, in particular Bella...always ends up with her head right inbetween the humans, on a pillow if she can manage it 🙂

Basenji "children" are easy to spoil, that's for sure. You gotta draw the line sometimes if you want to stay the "parent"….;)

@basenjishunt:

Basenji "children" are easy to spoil, that's for sure. You gotta draw the line sometimes if you want to stay the "parent"….;)

That is very true. The line in our house is 'if you don't have good bed manners, you sleep in a crate' … period. But I can understand the concern of not wanting the dogs to be crated during the work day, and then at night too.

Sounds like you need a bigger bed.

@agilebasenji:

Sounds like you need a bigger bed.

I was just thinking that :p

@Vanessa:

I was just thinking that :p

Oh please, regardless if you had wall to wall bed.. it would not be big enough:eek:

Best of luck to you! We have a basenji bed hog every night. She starts out with my husband but always end up with me under the covers hogging the entire bed! My back has not been the same since we got her! LOL

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