How do I get my Dog to Sleep in a Harris Dog Sleeping Bag?
It’s the perfect time to start training your dog to enjoy their brand new Harris dog sleeping bag.
When it comes to camping with your pup, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up with your furry friend in a sleeping bag. But getting your pup to actually sleep in one can be a challenge. Here are some tips on how to get your dog to sleep in a sleeping bag.

Introduce the Sleeping Bag Gradually

The key to getting your dog comfortable with sleeping in a bag is introducing it gradually. Start by laying the sleeping bag out on the floor and let your pup explore it. You can also put treats inside the bag and encourage them to go inside and get them. Once they’re comfortable going inside, you can start zipping them up for short periods of time while you’re nearby. This will help them get used to being confined in the bag and will make it easier for them when you’re ready for them to sleep in it overnight.

Make Sure They Have Enough Room

When choosing a sleeping bag for your pup, make sure you pick one that is big enough for them to move around comfortably. Bark + Ride have 3 sizes available to suit every size of dog big or small. If they feel cramped or restricted, they won’t be as likely to want to stay inside of it. It should also have plenty of ventilation so they don’t overheat during the night.

Create a Cozy Environment

Creating a cozy environment will help make your pup feel more comfortable when they’re sleeping in their new bedding. Place their favorite blanket or toy inside the sleeping bag and give them plenty of praise when they go inside of it. You can also try playing calming music or using an aromatherapy diffuser with lavender oil nearby which has been known to help relax dogs and promote better sleep habits.

Provide Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is key when trying to train any behavior, including getting your pup used to sleeping in their new bedding. Whenever they go into their sleeping bag, give them lots of praise and treats so that they associate going into their bedding with something positive. This will help make them more likely to want to stay there during the night instead of trying to escape out of it!


Getting your dog used to sleeping in a sleeping bag can take some time and patience but is definitely worth it! With these tips, you should have no problem getting your pup comfortable with their new Harris Dog Sleeping Bag so that you both can enjoy camping trips together even more!

Our customers Merlin + Sian have put together a great wee video of placement training using their new sleeping bag which we think is of great help! Find out how they got Merlin used to his bag on our You Tube video here

Lets look forward to summer and start training now whilst we spend more times indoors!

Our sleeping bags can be viewed in store at the following retailers and purchased online here :

Bark + Ride Harris Dog Sleeping Bag

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