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Dog Sleeping in Bed: Three Essential Reasons Why

Dog sleeping in bed can be positive for the pup and pet owner.

There has been speculation over the years among pet owners, whether it is a good idea for our pets to sleep in bed with us, or not. Certainly, your dog sleeping in bed with you may have positive outcomes for your pup, but for you as well. Nothing beats getting a good night sleep and with bed sharing on the rise, we might have our pets to thank. We sat down with our Trupanion pet program team to do some digging into why your dog might choose to sleep in bed with you versus the old dog bed.

Dog sleeping in bed: three reasons why they do

Your dog wants to feel closer to you

Everyone wants to feel part of the pack, and your dog is no exception. For example, “By having your dog sleep in bed with you it is a great exercise in bonding and helps solidify the human-pet bond,” states Trupanion pet program manager, J. Marmol. Additionally, co-sleeping strengthens the family dynamic and helps your pet weather transitions, especially through the early stages of puppyhood.

To show a dog sleeping in bed, puppies nap in "dog pile" for warmth, security and happiness. Pups like being with their pack.

Puppie’s sleeping in bed:

Trupanion on-site animal behaviorist, Camille Barrios, U.W. –A.A.B, weighs in on the matter –

For example, “Puppies typically sleep all huddled together as a group, or a “dog pile”, as such this creates a feeling of security and reduces stress for the puppies.” Barrios continues, “Having them all of a sudden be alone during the night, can sometimes worsen separation anxiety. Likewise, by replacing a puppy’s littermates with yourself – you are giving your pup a safe and happy place to rest and make a scary transition to a new home easier.” Consider your puppies size, temperament, and personality before deciding where they should sleep. Also, start small and take it night-by-night, it might take time for everyone to become adjusted to the new sleeping arrangement.

Your dog wants to protect you

Naturally, your pup wants to protect you and the family if anything seems out of the ordinary. Certainly, they will be the first to alert you if they hear any noises. On the flip side, if your furry friend is sleeping with you, you run the risk of a barking co-sleeper or a furry friend that likes to take up all the space. Granted, each pup has their own personality and tendencies, so this into consideration on how this will affect everyone’s quality of sleep.

Your bed is comfier than the dog bed

If you find your pup curling up next to you in the middle of the night, it could be your bed is strictly more comfortable than their dog bed. Also, they might have more space to stretch out or curl up and stay warm.

Dog sleep options: bed vs. crate

Also, “whether your pup sleeps in your bed or not, they should always have a safe space to retreat and feel comfy in,” points out Barrios. Certainly, consider your dog’s gender, breed, and size when picking out a dog bed or crate.

Five positive effects of the dog sleeping in the bed for the pet owner

According to our second-annual Tru-poll, over 46% cat owners and 44% of dog owners have their pets sleep in bed with them. Essentially, sharing the space with your pets has “pawsitive” effects for all parties, such as:

Your dog sleeping in bed can solidify the human-pet bond and increase serotonin.

Dog sleeping in bed: restful sleep for all

If the thought of your dog sleeping in bed with you appeals, there is no reason not to give it a chance. Co-sleeping has been shown to solidify the human-pet bond, strengthens our emotional connection, and de-stresses the pup and the human alike. Certainly, take into consideration the temperament, age, breed, and gender of your pup and give them additional sleeping arrangements if needed.


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