Friday, April 4, 2014

5 Reasons Your Dog Should Sleep in Your Bed

It is one of those things all new dog owners struggle about; should I let my dog sleep in my bed? This is definitely a topic that has dog owners, veterinarians, doctors, and trainers on both sides of the fence. According to various research from pet related businesses to mattress companies, anywhere from 35-55% of dog owners say they do allow their dog to sleep in their bed at night. Those owners that don't sleep with their pets often have strong arguments on why they don't. These can include things from allergies to power struggles, or owners just wanting to not have to sleep in weird positions around a large outstretched dog. However, other owners find sleeping with their dog reduces anxiety, gives them a sense of security and improves their overall relationship with their dog. Although there really seems to be no right or wrong answer to this question, there are a few reasons why allowing your dog to sleep in your bed could be beneficial. Here are five reasons why you should CONSIDER allowing your dog to sleep in your bed (or at least right next to it).

  1. Security- If you are a heavy sleeper or live in a place where burglaries are a problem, a dog offers security at night. If a dog hears a noise or senses a fire or other danger, he will quickly alert the person he is sleeping by. Many people have been saved by house fires and other potential tragedies due to a dog being right by them at night and waking them up in time to escape injury or death.
  2. Bonding- Although it may not be a good idea to let your dog sleep with you until she is properly trained, once trained, sleeping with your dog can improve your bond with her. Bonding at bedtime can help reduce anxiety and restlessness for both the dog owner and the dog.
  3. Routine- Dogs love routine and it doesn't take long at all for their biological clocks to know when it is time to eat, sleep, play, and so on. By allowing your dog to sleep with you, you may likely never need an alarm clock again. (Except for maybe when the time change happens). Dogs are great at signally to you when it is time to go to bed and when it is time to wake up!
  4. Medical Conditions- If you have certain medical conditions, sleeping with a trained dog can be a matter or life or death. Trained service dogs are available for people with Sleep Apnea, Alzheimer's, victims of rape, and many other conditions. These dogs are well trained to keep the person and those around them safe. Service dogs are also available for children with various disabilities and conditions, including seizures and hearing impairment. Both parents and children can sleep soundly knowing that their dog is trained to alert them to medical or other related dangers.
  5.  Reduce Stress and Loneliness- For some people that live alone, having a dog to snuggle with at night truly does make sleeping a lot easier. Even some happily married couples feel less stressed when snuggling with their dog (s) at night. I am one of them. My queen size bed sleeps my husband and I with our two Lab/Collie mixes and even though stretching my legs out completely at night only happens once and a while, I wouldn't change what a good thing we have going. We love our dogs and we love having them with us at night. 
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  1. I've always had a pup on the bed - since I was a kid. It didn't take long for my husband to see it was okay. I just like having the comfort and having a dog close by.

  2. Oh I love looking for reasons to let my pup in bed with me. We have a routine where he begins by sleeping in his bed on the floor and then he sneaks into our bed when we are out asleep!

    It works okay for us because we get our snuggle time uninterrupted by the dog ;)

  3. I too slept with my dog as a kid. Unfortunately my one dog died suddenly when I was a child, we went out and came home and he was dead. I was young and very upset and had nightmares for years. I honestly think over time finally getting another dog and having a sleeping buddy helped make the nightmares stop.

  4. Not an issue for us. They don't like it when we move in our sleep so they rarely stay for long.

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