Letting Your Dog Sleep on the Bed

By The Dog Daily Expert

Letting Your Dog Sleep on the Bed

Who can blame dogs for wanting to sleep on their owners’ bed? The bed is warm and comfortable, and it’s where your pup’s favorite friends are choosing to rest. The doggy bed on the floor -- no matter how big and fancy -- could never hold the same appeal.

Some dogs are angels in bed, staying quiet and keeping to their own dedicated section of blanket real estate. Others become so happy that they cannot contain their enthusiasm. These exuberant dogs, like yours, wind up digging, jumping, pulling at covers, and acting like an adolescent at a sleepover party.

Wendy Nan Rees and Kristen Hampshire, co-authors of the Dog Lover’s Daily Companion: 365 Days of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Living a Rich Life With Your Dog, suggest the following:

·         Get your dog to settle down before bedtime by placing it in its crate or on a doggy mat. Provide a chew toy. Say, “Sit. Stay. Good dog.” When your dog has settled down, invite it back onto the bed.

·         Speaking of that doggy mat, place it -- or the crate -- by the bed. Use it as a time-out zone for when your Yorkshire terrier misbehaves on the bed.

·         You should always try to feed and walk your dog several hours before bedtime. If your pet hasn’t had such quality time with you, it will try to initiate that quality time at night. Dogs, like humans, need to wind down before retiring. Your pet should be ready for rest when it tucks into bed with you and your husband.

Your dog is a guest in your bed, so treat the situation as such. Although your pet is invited and wanted, it must be on its best behavior so as to not wear out its welcome.

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Posted on November 11, 2011

wmdwfprez says: That's how our 120lb husky is when its bedtime. We leave her crate door open and if she wants to climb on the bed that's fine as long as she doesn't cause a disturbance. She's such a good dog though that even with this she generally sleeps in her crate of her own accord.

Posted on November 11, 2011

wmdwfprez says: That's how our 120lb husky is when its bedtime. We leave her crate door open and if she wants to climb on the bed that's fine as long as she doesn't cause a disturbance. She's such a good dog though that even with this she generally sleeps in her crate of her own accord.

Posted on October 25, 2011

Heather says: I have an Italian Greyhound who is a little person trapped in a dogs body. He is so sweet and he jumps into bed every night about the same time. He then as we call it "roots" around in our bed until he gets under the covers then he doesn't move for the next 9 to 10 hours. I don't see a problem with a dog in a bed if he or she is well behaved.

Posted on October 21, 2011

Lulu says: I've read many times that it's unsanitary to have a pet sleep with you. I do sleep with my dog and cat though. Myth Busters did a segment on the "10 second rule" and found if you have a pet, you have e-coli on your floors. Your pets have e-coli on their feet.

Posted on October 20, 2011

Star says: I have a sister-in-law that insists it is bad for your dog to sleep with you. Who does she think she is !! Our dog is just like a human being and even uses a pillow like we do to put his head. I see nothing wrong with letting your pet sleep with you as long as they behave and go to sleep as soon as the lights are turned off :-)

Posted on October 21, 2011

STURK says: My wife and i let our girls sleep in the bed as well not every day but a couple of times a week. We are good with it but i have to wash the sheets the next day.

Posted on October 17, 2011

Leele says: My 5lb rescue spayed female thinks I am her savior and her parent. She prefers to sleep on the top sheet between my lower legs under the quilt. If she is quiet and still she can stay. If she or I become restles she sleeps in her own heated bed under my desk. When she hears me stretch or move in the am, she carefully climbs on the bed waiting for an invitation to snuggle. She is most secure tucked under my left arm. When held this way she never shows fear. If I am not holding her she barks and behaves fearfuly at any noise.

Posted on May 10, 2012

anonan says: this is an important thing to talk about. i found out the hard way. the dog needs to have very good respect for you. and.. even if he does.. he might still lick your mouth if you snore or put his paw on your eyes to wake you up. its really dangerous. but, usually i leave my door open for them. i used to wake up with the dogs fighting over my body in my bed.

Posted on May 15, 2012

Anne King says: My two Maltese, 14 and 15, respectively, sleep all through the night on my bed, and never cause any disturbance. They are the best little guys.

Posted on May 15, 2012

Mindy says: My dachshund/cocker spaniel mix Molly is usually on her best behavior in the bed, as are my cats....they each have a spot and stick to it for the most part.Sometimes, if, like the article stated, she was would up cos I worked late or something, she gets a little rambunctious but she is usually well behaved. I have had more trouble with boyfriends annoying me in bed than my fur babies!

Posted on May 22, 2012

bigg_redd_99 says: I had a toy poodle for ten years and she slept better when she slept on the bed with me. She like to snoggle

Posted on May 26, 2012

Tonio says: I love dogs and have had the great fortune of sharing my life with 4 great pooches from my childhood to the present. For me letting a dog sleep in your bed is the same as letting it lick your face. It's unsanitary, plain and simple. Anyone who thinks otherwise is dreaming, uninformed, or refuses to acknowledge this fact by offering up justifications. I love my dog and would defend him with my life, but the bed and my face are off-limits. There are many other ways to show affection without exposing yourself to unwanted and potentially dangerous bacteria. We've all heard the old "dogs have a cleaner mouth than humans" statement, however last time I checked humans don't usually use their mouth to clean their butts. Lick my face? No way. Sleep in my bed? No way. He's with me throughout the day, as I take him to work with me and walk him 3 times a day. The time he spends hanging out with me on the couch before bed seems to work great for the both of us.

Posted on May 26, 2012

Tonio says: I love dogs and have had the great fortune of sharing my life with 4 great pooches from my childhood to the present. For me letting a dog sleep in your bed is the same as letting it lick your face. It's unsanitary, plain and simple. Anyone who thinks otherwise is dreaming, uninformed, or refuses to acknowledge this fact by offering up justifications. I love my dog and would defend him with my life, but the bed and my face are off-limits. There are many other ways to show affection without exposing yourself to unwanted and potentially dangerous bacteria. We've all heard the old "dogs have a cleaner mouth than humans" statement, however last time I checked humans don't usually use their mouth to clean their butts. Lick my face? No way. Sleep in my bed? No way. He's with me throughout the day, as I take him to work with me and walk him 3 times a day. The time he spends hanging out with me on the couch before bed seems to work great for the both of us.

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