Should I Let My Dog Sleep in Bed With Me?

When asked what they think about their dog sleeping in bed with them, some people will immediately answer, “No way!  Do you know how much dogs stink?  And what about fleas?!”  Others, however, will say, “It’s very comforting and makes me feel like I’m being guarded extra close.”  There are some interesting pros and cons when it comes to letting your dog share your bed, and here are a few:

Pros:

  • Having your dog in your room provides you with extra security.  If there’s a strange noise outside, your dog will alert you.  This can be especially comforting when you’re alone.
  • Sometimes, sleeping with your dog in your bed will help a shy dog bond with and get to know you better.
  • If your dog is the nervous type, being with you, the pack leader, could help calm him.
  • If you’re nervous or restless in bed, having a soft, cuddly dog with you could soothe and help you sleep better.

Cons:

  • Some dogs just always carry that distinct doggy odor.  So, if you don’t like your sheets to smell like dog, I don’t suggest you let your dog in your bed.
  • If you have allergies to dogs, having a dog in bed with you will only further irritate them.
  • Hopefully, your dog’s fleas and ticks are being controlled by preventive medicine.  Even with preventive, however, a tick may latch onto your dog, be taken into your bed, and transmitted to you.  Checking often for those pesky blood suckers on your dog can help, but they often choose very hidden places to latch on.
  • Some breeds, such as the Bulldog, drool, which can get quite nasty in bed.
  • Puppies and seniors don’t have good bladder control, which could lead to accidents in bed.
  • Though dogs can be soothing to have in bed, they can also be very loud.  Snoring, whimpering, snorting, and kicking are a few of the problems you may face.
  • If you let your dog on your bed, he might hoard over half of it, pushing you off.
  • Dominate dogs shouldn’t be let in bed with you.  Growling, aggressively hoarding the bed, and letting themselves on the bed anytime they want could ensue.

Some people love their dog in their bed, others can’t stand it.  Think about the pros and cons, determine your dog’s behavior, and decide what would be best for you and your dog.

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Hi! I’m Sissy, a Toy Poodle. On Doggy Times I share articles about dog training, socialization, care, and health. Check out the Trick and Dog Breed Pages to learn more about your furry friend and how to train him/her.

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