Dog Facts

Do dogs belong in bed?


Well, better not. Probably your dog shouldn’t be in your bed.   

Many people share their beds with their canine pets. A huge percent of owners allowing their pooches to sleep in the bed with them at night. It’s easy to understand why many dog owners do this. For most people, having a dog in bed is psychologically comforting.

Dogs are good companionship if you are single or in a bad relationship; they provide extra warmth on a cold night; they evoke a sense of security, especially for children; they give an added sense of safety from potential intruders. It may create a greater bond between you and your dog. Is having your dog sleep next to you in your bed such a good idea? Opinions about this are mixed.

Some dog trainers and veterinarians discourage this habit from many reasons. Disease, dirt and fleas can be picked up by your cute doggie and brought into your bed. There’s also a danger factor, especially if you have young children; even the very good natured dogs can snap when startled.

Disturbed sleep and restless nights are another bonus that studies show to be gained from sharing your bed with a pet. There are many stories of marriages placed in jeopardy because the family pet has assumed the role as leader of the pack and dominates the bedroom as well. Your dog may keep you up by hogging too much of the bed, snoring, or smelling bad.

If you have healthy working relationship with your dog based on mutual trust and respect and you don’t mind waking up with a dogs’ tail in your face or mouth, you let him sleep in your bed.

If you are having difficulties with your relationship with your dog, if he is bossy and disrespectful, then he should not be in your bed. If your dog is clingy and co-dependent, or it suffers from separation anxiety, he shouldn’t be in your bed.