There are many benefits to sleeping with your dog, and sharing your sleeping space with them has a different meaning for you and your dog. For you, it can be a way to snuggle. For your dog, it’s an important bonding experience.
Some of the benefits of sleeping in the same bed include:
- Comfort.If you live alone or you have a great bond with your dog, you can be comforted by the presence of your furbaby nearby. If you suffer from nightmares or are just sleeping restlessly, having a them beside you can be a great comfort.
- Addresses separation anxiety. When your dog sleeps in your bed, separation anxiety they feel during the day is soothed. If you work long hours, being able to share time at night can help you support your dog and make them feel less stressed.
- Security. Many people feel safer when they let their dog share their bedroom. If there are any sounds, your dog will respond and you'll be able to see if there's a problem. In addition, it can be reassuring knowing that your best furry friend is there for you and ready to protect you.
- Warmth. If you live in a cold climate, the warmth of your furry friend can feel terrific especially when they snuggle right beside you.
- Evoking calmness. If you're anxious, having your dog by your side can be a calming and soothing experience.
- Fights insomnia. If you have trouble falling asleep, being able to talk to your dog or listening to your furbaby sleep can help you relax and drift off. Allowing for deeper and longer restful sleep.
- Strengthens your bond. Spending time together in a quiet setting like the bed helps you and your pup get closer. Dogs are pack animals and will often sleep together in a puppy pile when they can, so replicating that experience with you is a great way to bond with your pup.
- A treat for your dog. For a dog, sleeping in a bed can feel a sense of dominance and assurance, it can also be more comfortable than a doggie bed on the floor.
- A soothing background noise. The sound of the dog’s breathing can be very soothing if you live alone or you have a hard time falling asleep.
- A cure for loneliness. Sleeping with your pup can be great if you live alone. If you feel lonely because there's no one beside you at night, having your fur baby next to you may help soothe some of that feeling.
- A secondary alarm clock. If your dog is used to breakfast at a specific time, you can be sure that they will wake you up on time to make sure they get fed. If you have a hard time waking up, you definitely won't sleep past your furry alarm clock.
- It makes you happy. You don’t need an excuse to sleep with your dog, you may simply just like it and you should do what makes you and your pup happy.
Why Your Dog Shouldn't Sleep With You
While there are many benefits to sleeping in the same bed as your dog, there are also some disadvantages. If your dog isn't fully trained, you don't want a situation where accidents happen. In addition, if you have allergies or a new dog, you may want to proceed with caution.
My Dog Sleeps With Me Every Night. Should I Let My Dog Sleep on My Bed?
You don't have to let your dog sleep on the bed. It is perfectly okay if they sleep on a doggie bed nearby. Ultimately, the decision of whether they sleep with you on your bed is up to you. It may depend on a number of factors, including your comfort level, your dog’s temperament, and maybe even whether your furbaby snores. It’s a personal choice and it’s completely up to you.