10 month old testy behavior before bed
We are trying to let our 10 month old sleep in the bedroom with us but not on the bed itself since my skin is mildly allergic.
First few days he kept trying to jump on and we kept pushing him off. He kept doing it until I got a waterbottle sprayer which he HATED and for a whIle that worked.
Now he likes to get his front paws on the bed and pull blankets off, etx not letting us sleep. When I get in front of him to claim the bed he starts barking at me and going wild like playfully challenging me, so I put him in time out for 2min. I have to repeat this about 5 times until he finally gets tired and goes to bed on the floor.
I've read that it's his "zoomies" or "witching hour" but I was hoping I could train this bad behavior out of him. We made sure to get him really tired outside to the point that before our bedtime he was passed out sleeping on the couch.
I feel as though the water bottle is turning into a game for him so I'm trying not to use it.
I can treat him to go down but then he just learns he can get a treat when gets on the bed.
What are some ways you think I can train him to a. Calm down before bed (even though he was just played with outside and fell asleep on the couch from exhaustion)
And b. What are some training techniques to keep him off the bed?