Some people crate train and others can’t resist sharing the covers with their furry best friend… But what are the pros and cons of letting your dog in the bed?
One of the toughest things when it comes to training your dog is deciding on sleeping arrangements. For the first few weeks, it’s likely that they’ll be up and down throughout the night, waking you up along the way to go to the bathroom or just to simply check that you’re still there.
You’d think that, considering the way that puppies run around, by the end of the day they’d be exhausted. Wrong. Put your puppy in a dog bed and they’ll soon be up. So, one of the most common solutions for dog owners is to have their furry friend sleep in the bed with them.
It’s a cute idea, right? Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with their adorable puppy all night long – they’re like a little fluffy hot water bottle! But is it actually a good idea? Here’s what you need to know about having your dog sleep in the bed with you:
First of all, it’s important that you figure out spatial arrangements. You shouldn’t have your dog sleeping with you if there’s not enough room for you to rest comfortably. Make sure you’re going to get a decent night’s sleep, otherwise you’ll be paying for it for as long as it goes on.
Once you’re certain that the bed’s big enough, it shouldn’t be difficult to get your dog up and have them settle down with you. In the majority of cases, dogs become restless during the night due to separation from their human. So, once they’re in the bed with you, you’ll find that your dog will soon settle down.
Don’t have your dog sleep under the covers with you – they’ll just get too hot and become restless. Instead, keep them on top of the covers where they’ll be able to snuggle into the duvet and still keep cool.
It’s also important that you keep your authority and make sure that your dog knows where they can and can’t sleep. Don’t let them sleep on the pillows – it’s a sign of dominance, and will just bring about difficulties for you.
Sharing the bed with your dog will help the two of you to bond, and make you both feel safe and secure. As dogs have a higher body temperature than us humans, they’ll help keep you warm during cold nights, especially when they cuddle in to you.
Pets are also renowned for helping reduce stress, and it is thought that sleeping with your dog close by can help alleviate the symptoms of insomnia. So, if you’re not a naturally good sleeper, having your dog in the bed with you could do you the world of good!
We all know how important routine is for our pets, so before you have your dog share the bed they should undertake a bedtime routine similar to yours. No, we don’t mean brushing, flossing, and applying 5 layers of night cream, but it’s important that you fall asleep knowing that your dog won’t be waking you during the night.
Firstly, don’t feed your dog after their dinner, or you could be in for a rude awakening. Take them out to the bathroom before you go to bed, and stay out until they go. You don’t want them waking you in the early hours or, worse, going in the bed!
You’ll also want to make sure that you clean and brush your dog to ensure that they don’t dirty the bed-sheets. It’s a good idea to wipe your dog’s paws down, and by giving them a good brushing, you’ll help reduce the number of hairs in the bed .
As with anything, having your dog share the bed with you has a few potential shortfalls that you should consider before committing.
Whilst sharing the bed with your dog can improve sleep, in some cases it may prove detrimental to your sleeping pattern. Notably, dogs don’t sleep for a full 8 hours like their humans, so are prone to becoming restless throughout the night. The main way to deal with this is to make sure that they know which is their part of the bed, meaning that they’re less likely to intrude on your space. Give it a go, but if you’re getting disturbed on a regular basis, it’s probably best to reconsider sharing the bed with your dog.
Another factor that may prevent you sharing the bed with your dog is the possibility of allergy. Although you obviously don’t have any major allergies if you have a dog, if they shed excessively in the bed in may implicate your breathing and become impractical.
It’s also a good idea to check with your partner before allowing your dog to share the bed. Be tactful and understanding – they’ll probably be fine with it, but if not they’re probably concerned about the dog coming between the two of you. Try to convince them but, again, be understanding!
Sharing the bed with your dog can have mixed results, meaning it’s a decision that you shouldn’t take lightly. Sometimes it works great, and sometimes it’s just not meant to be… but, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
Overall, we think the positives of sharing the bed with your dog definitely outweigh the negatives. Sleeping with your dog will help build a strong relationship between the two of you, developing trust and making them feel secure. Plus, what could be better than cuddling up to your dog all night long?
Ease them in, make sure they know the limits, and give it a bit of time – after a while, you’ll wonder how you ever slept without them!
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