Should You Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed? 7 Things to Consider
Dogs sleep a lot. They’re pooped after a long day of chasing squirrels and getting belly rubs. But some dogs are up for more than just snuggling up on the couch. They want to sleep in bed with you. Should you let your dog sleep in bed with you? I get this question a lot. First off, you should talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s health, size, breed and age. Second, you want your dog to be comfortable in bed. Third, you should have a conversation with your partner. If your partner doesn’t want your dog in bed, you should respect that and let your dog sleep somewhere else in the house. So your dog sleeps in your bed. You probably keep him there for the warmth and comfort and to save money on a dog bed. After all, he’s a dog, so he must have limited intelligence (and I mean that in the highest possible sense). And, as long as he’s not too big, you don’t have to worry about a mess. But there’s another reason you might want to keep your dog in your bed.
Should You Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed?
It can be comforting and relaxing for you too. It might seem silly that you should want a dog in your bed, but I’m telling you there’s something great about having a dog by your side. Some people might argue that your bed is yours and the dog belongs on his own bed. Or you might just want your dog nearby. As much as I hate it when a cat decides to come into my room in the middle of the night, having a dog in the bedroom definitely keeps me more relaxed and protected. The same goes for you. When you know that your dog is by your side, it makes you feel safe and secure. If you want to read about the benefits of having a dog near you at night, I wrote a post on that earlier this year.
Will It Impact the Quality of Your Sleep?
If your dog has bad breath, will he be more likely to sleep on your face, drool on you and fall off the bed? Would you want to sleep in that environment? So there are two questions here: do you want your dog in bed, and do you want to sleep in that environment? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then my answer to the question is yes. But, you have to make sure you have good dog bed-inners. What Do I Need? I recommend not buying another bed for your dog. Instead, you should buy a heavy-duty, flat-cover dog bed. A $30 bed isn’t much better than a $60 bed. And, if you have a dog who likes to jump up on things, you’ll have a lot of pee on your bed-inners. So why should you buy a $80 dog bed? Well, you can get heavy-duty dog beds for a lot cheaper than $80.
What Are the Health Concerns?
Your dog may be a good-natured dog who doesn’t mind sleeping in your bed. But he’s still a dog. He still has needs. All dogs need to go to the bathroom at night, and some need a lot of help doing so. Many, in fact, can’t do so on their own. So, without fail, at some point, the dog will have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. You may hear them coming to let you know, or they may just whine or bark at you. In fact, even if you have had a dog for many years, it’s not uncommon for him to do so at least once per week. And, just like that, your dog will wake you up. If he whines, you might let him out to go to the bathroom. If he barks, you might let him out so he can stretch. Either way, it’s disruptive and it’s inconvenient.
Will Your Dog Try to Dominate You if You Let Him Sleep on the Bed?
Picture this: You and your boyfriend have come home late, after a long day of celebrating your four year anniversary. You hear your dog jumping on your bed and you wonder what he’s doing. When you look over, you see he’s joined your boyfriend in bed. You are not sure what to do. If you let your dog sleep on the bed with you, he’s probably going to become much too comfortable in the midst of your nice comfortable bed. He’s not going to want to move. He’s going to start waking you up in the middle of the night. He’s going to start nudging you. He’s going to start licking you. What will you do? Will you get angry? Do you want to wake up with a dog licking you all over? Or will you roll over, let him keep doing it and go back to sleep?
When Might It Be More Appropriate for Your Dog to Have Other Sleeping Arrangements?
If your dog is not yet potty-trained, you’re probably just fine with him snoozing in your bed. But if your dog is already potty-trained, it’s going to be more comfortable for him to have his own bed. Some dogs get potty trained right away, while others have a longer process. There’s no set timeline. And if your dog isn’t potty-trained, you might consider having a potty-training buddy. That way, you can take your dog outside when he needs to go and make it less likely that he’ll want to snuggle up in bed. Here are the other things to consider when deciding when it’s best for your dog to sleep in your bed. Your Dog’s Size Size is an important consideration. But only to a certain extent.
When Toilet Training a Puppy
I know we’re not supposed to stereotype, but who doesn’t have a soft spot for a soft pup? If you don’t consider your dog a person and yet see yourself as her or his protector, a brother or sister, you’re probably aware of the training process your puppy goes through. It’s not the type of training you might think. While it can be grueling and scary, you shouldn’t expect a puppy to stay in a bathroom all day. That’s not what you want. Instead, you want to train him to go outside to use the bathroom, that’s it. He shouldn’t be told not to urinate or defecate in his crate or bed. That is, unless he’s already trained to go to the bathroom outside. If that’s the case, then he’s ready for toilet training. You’re trying to teach your puppy the ability to “hold it.
For Elderly Dogs with Incontinence or Mobility Issues
Many older dogs do have some problems that make them unable to jump in and out of bed. For example, they might be recovering from surgery, in the middle of a period of not going outside, or they might have a chronic health problem that makes it hard to get out of bed. If you’re concerned about your dog’s ability to make it into the bedroom and back out again, letting him sleep in your bed might be the solution. It’s a lot easier for your vet to see if he can climb in and out of bed if he’s in your arms or your lap. In addition, if your dog is older or has any other issues that make it difficult to get in and out of bed, he might have more trouble getting up if he wakes up in the middle of the night.
If There Are Multiple Dogs and There Are Scuffles or Space Issues
With five dogs and two separate bedrooms in our house, you might think there’s no room for everyone to sleep in the bed. There are three cats that are our living family members and one large dog. I was worried the house was going to be a mess with so many dogs in the house. In my mind, it was going to be two dogs sleeping on the couch, two dogs sleeping in the spare bedroom and one dog sleeping on the floor in my office. However, there was no need to worry. All my fears about the mayhem of 10 dogs in one house were completely unfounded. My house ran smoothly. Everyone was a happy camper. Some dogs gravitate towards the one bed or one area in the house where they can sleep comfortably. It doesn’t matter how close in proximity they are, they still go to that one spot.