How To Teach Your Boston Terrier The “Go to Bed” Command!

Does your Boston terrier need a refresher course in basic obedience? If so, teaching them the “go to bed” command is a great place to start!

This simple command will not only help you maintain control of your pup but can also encourage good sleeping habits and prevent disruptive nighttime behavior.

Read on for a step-by-step guide with detailed instructions on how to teach your Boston terrier the “go to bed” command.

How To Teach Your Boston Terrier To Go To Bed

Step One: Choose A Bed Location And Command Word

First things first, you need to decide where you want your pup’s bed located. A corner of the bedroom or den is a great choice as it will give them their own space while still allowing them to feel comfortable.

Once you have chosen a spot, select an appropriate word that you want associated with this new command (e.g., “bedtime”, “night-night”, etc.). It should be something that is easy for both of you to remember and understand.

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Step Two: Establish Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is key when it comes to teaching any type of behavior modification. Start by rewarding your Boston Terrier with treats and verbal praises every time they approach their designated bed area.

This will create positive associations between the location, the command word, and receiving treats from you – all of which are important components when it comes to teaching this particular command.

Step Three: Introduce The Command Word

Once your Boston has become familiar with their designated spot and likes going there for rewards, it is time for the next step – introducing the command word. Every time your Boston heads towards their bed area say “Night-night” or whatever phrase you selected in Step One.

Make sure that you say it in an upbeat tone so as not to confuse them or make them feel like they are being scolded or reprimanded in any way.

Step Four: Put It All Together

Now that your Boston Terrier has been introduced to both their designated sleeping spot and the corresponding command word, it is time to combine these elements together into one cohesive lesson plan!

Begin by saying “Night-night” at different times throughout the day while walking past their bed area (but don’t expect them to go there right away). As soon as they do head towards their bed after hearing this phrase – no matter how long it takes – reward them with treats and verbal praise!

With consistent practice over time, eventually, they will become conditioned enough that just hearing this phrase will prompt them into action without needing any additional prompting from you.

Cute Boston terrier puppy looking up

Why teach your Boston Terrier the go-to bed command?

There are lots of reasons why you might want to teach your Boston Terrier the “go to bed” command. This obedience skill can help you keep your Boston under control, encourage good sleeping habits, and prevent disruptive nighttime behavior. Plus, it’s a great way to start training your dog in basic obedience skills!

When should I start teaching my Boston Terrier the go-to bed command?

You can start teaching your Boston Terrier the “go to bed” command as early as eight weeks old. However, it’s important to remember that it will take time and patience for your pup to fully understand and master this skill. So be sure to stick with it and keep rewarding them for their efforts!

How do I get my Boston Terrier to relax before bed?

One way to help your Boston Terrier relax before bed is to establish a bed-time routine. This could include a few simple steps, such as feeding them their last meal of the day a couple of hours before bed, taking them for a potty break, and giving them some time to play or relax in their designated bed area.

You can also try soothing them with a calm voice and gentle petting before putting them in their crate or bed. And don’t forget to praise them when they do eventually fall asleep!

Why does my Boston Terrier go crazy before bed?

There can be many reasons why your Boston Terrier might go crazy before bed. Some of the most common reasons include excitement from seeing their owner, anticipation of getting a treat, or because they’re anxious about being left alone.

If you think that your Boston Terrier is getting too excited before bed, try implementing a bed-time routine and sticking to it as closely as possible. This will help them to relax and prepare for sleep. And be sure to praise them when they do eventually fall asleep!


The other reason for your Boston Terriers craziness before bed is they are doing Zoomies. This is when they go absolutely nuts and start running around in circles all over the place. Watch this video where I talk about Zoomies in detail.

Final Thoughts…

With just a little bit of patience and practice, teaching your Boston terrier the “go to bed” command can be an easy process! Remember – keep things positive throughout; reward successes often; use treats wisely, and most importantly – have fun!

Good luck!

Learn about the ten essential dog training commands you should teach your Boston Terrier: The 10 Most Important Commands To Teach Your Boston!

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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