So the bond between you and your dog is really tight, and you see no problem having him sleep on the same bed with you. Or maybe it’s one of your kids who loves the family dog so much that he doesn’t mind having the pet sleep on the bed instead of on the pet mattress. But, what are the pros and cons of sleeping with dogs?
Having a dog sleeping next to you offers comfort, especially if you are living alone. For children who are afraid of the dark, a dog provides a sense of security, and for adults there is a sense of security from intruders. On cold nights, dogs offer warmth and unconditional love, which both pet and owner need on cold winter nights.
The cons mostly involve germs and parasites. People who are against sleeping next to a dog worry about parasites such as fleas and ticks, or catching diseases from the dog or feces even. By keeping your dog clean and taking him to the vet on a regular basis, you eliminate this concern.
You may also be worried about not getting enough sleep, especially if you are a light sleeper and the dog keeps tossing and turning or snores. To eliminate this, let your dog know that the bed is not a place to toss and turn, play, finishing up chewing his bone. The bed is a place where you both come to rest. Do this by getting him off the bed if he insists on jumping on it. Repeat this until he realizes he is only welcome on the bed if he stays still.
Another concern is the fear that the dog may develop a sense of possession, and start feeling like the bed is his and not yours. If you have children, the dog might start growling at them when they want to snuggle with you, or he might push you on the bed just to show this is his territory.
Avoid getting to this point from the word “go” always getting on the bed first, and only allowing the dog after a few minutes. This way, he will know he can only get on the bed if he is invited. If along the way he forgets who is the alpha in your ‘pack’ is, he gets the floor and the doggie bed until he starts sticking to the straight and narrow.
Sleeping with Dogs: Pros and Cons