Snuggling up with your dog in bed sounds like a dream, doesn't it? However you may be wondering if you are doing the right thing, or if you are possibly harming your dogs development or behaviour.
In an ideal situation, there is nothing wrong with letting your dog sleep on your bed. For many years, around the world, dogs have been sleeping in the beds of their owner. It has been known to have many benefits to the relationship between the owner and their dog, however there are also potentially some downsides to.
Read on to find out whether or not you should let you dog sleep in your bed.
You can let your dog sleep in your bed if the dog is
If your dog is potty trained then you can let it sleep in your bed. Dogs that are not potty trained may poop or pee in your bed. No one wants poop in their bed, right?So it's probably best to wait until your puppy or dog is properly trained.
A dog that scratches, digs, panics or gets aggressive will not let you sleep properly. Hence, it is essential that you only let a well-behaved dog sleep in your bed.
In good health
A dog that is in good health and has a good hygiene should be allowed to sleep in your bed. Due to this, many diseases and allergies can be avoided.
Negatives to allowing your dog to sleep in your bed
Diseases can be transmitted
One of the major reasons for not letting your dog sleep in the same bed as you because there is chance of disease transmission. The diseases can be transmitted from dog to human and from human to dog as well. So if your dog isn't the cleanest or has known diseases then it's best they don't sleep in your bed with you.
Allergies can worsen
If you an allergy to dogs or other environmental allergies, then your allergies can be exacerbated by allowing your dog to sleep in your bed. This is because they can bring allergens into your bed, such as pollen, grasses, dust and bugs.
Sleep quality can be adversely affected
Dogs wake up multiple times during the whole night. Also, very light sounds can wake up the dogs as well. So, when the dog may wake up, your sleep will be disturbed. So if you dog is a light sleeper, or has a tendency to bark throughout the night, then it's probably best not to share the bed with them.
Wet spots due to dog drool
It is true, that dogs drool during their sleep as well. If the dog is sleeping within your sheets, there may be wet spots in the morning. If you like to keep your bed sheets fresh and clean, and you have a particularly slobbery dog, then they probably aren't a suitable bed companion.
If your dog is too big then it may end up accidently harming you in sleep. On the contrary, if the dog is too small then you may end up harming the dog accidentally. In this case you may want to work out a way to ensure they sleep away from you during the night.
One of the most common reasons mentioned for not letting your dog sleep in your bed is that they may develop separation anxiety issues. This is particularly true if you let your dog sleep in your bed from when they are a puppy. So if you are going to let your dog sleep in your bed, we recommend that they first learn to sleep in their own bed or crate, and once they have developed the correct behaviours, you can slowly start allowing them into your bed. If they begin to show signs of separation anxiety then you can re-introduce them to their own bed or crate.
Benefits of allowing your dog to sleep in your bed
More time is spent with the puppy
By letting your dog sleep in your bed, you get to spend more time with your pup. This can make the dog and owner bond very strong, as dogs are pack animals by nature, and would normally sleep with their pack in a natural environment.
The dog provides comfort and companionship
Dogs provide comfort along with companionship to their owners. So if you live or sleep alone, then having your dog sleeping alongside you can create a nice feeling of companionship and may allow you to get a better nights sleep. It's also a great feeling in the morning waking up to your four legged friend.
Relieves stress and anxiety
Dogs can provide a calming effect to people that suffer from anxiety or stress. This is particular the case in people that have an emotional support dog. In this case, it it probably a good idea for the dog to sleep alongside you and provide support as you fall asleep and as you wake up in the morning.
Gives a feeling of safety
If you live alone, then having your dog sleep along side you, particularly if they are a large breed, can give you a sense of safety and security. They may also be able to alert you quickly to any intruders and protect you.
So, the answer to the question of whether or not you you should let your dog sleep on your bed varies from owner to owner. If you have a well-behaved, potty trained and healthy dog then it can definitely sleep in your bed. On the contrary, if the dog is aggressive, sick, or small, then it is not really a good idea to let them sleep in your bed.
Above all, it is a personal choice! Make sure to consult with the vet before making your decision. The vet will definitely make it clear based on the health and habits of your dog. In most situations vets won't recommend that your dog sleeps on your bed, but you know your personal circumstances best. If you have some further suggestions or ideas, let us know in the comments below!
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