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Where Should My Dog Sleep At Night Time? My Bed?

If you are wondering where should my dog sleep at night time, the answer is easy. A dog should sleep wherever both you and your dog will get the most restful night’s slumber.

The best place for a dog to sleep is the one that is most satisfying and comfortable for you and your pooch. In a recent survey, 74% of pet parents said they joyfully shared their bed or couch with a dog. Does that make you a bad dog owner if your dog isn’t allowed on the bed? Not necessarily, but read on.

Dogs are creatures of habit, so if your dog enjoys sleeping in his kennel or crate at night time, allow him this comfort and “den-like” ritual. Many of us, present company included, prefer the soothing rhythms of a dog slumbering by our side, nestled in for a good night’s sleep.  

For the first two years of his life, my Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, shared my bed pillow. This, for me, is quite the norm and many a pet parent would nod in agreement.

Adversely, there is a school of thought, and recently some more scientifically proven studies, revealing that sleeping with a dog might not be good for our health. Here’s what we discovered about where dogs should sleep at night along with our favorite dog bedtime products.

cocker spaniel puppy cuddling

Where Should My Dog Sleep At Night Time?

The emotional effects of having a dog in our lives are immeasurable, as study after study reveals.  We know that pets can help to lower our blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and diminish feelings of loneliness. After a long day, many of us find solace in retreating to our beds and having our pooches snuggle next to us.

Gone are the days of banishing a dog from your bed so that you can be the “alpha leader.” If however, your dog is aggressive or has behavioral issues involving dominance, work with a positive reinforcement behaviorist. The sleeping arrangement may need to be modified in select cases.

Anthropologists have reported that sleeping with dogs is an ancient practice. Dr. Stanley Coren says, “For most people, having a dog in bed is psychologically comforting.” Thank you, science.

Back in the day when dogs were first domesticated, they slept near humans so each could stay warm. Dogs also warned their pack of approaching intruders and faced all sorts of weather extremes with their humans.

I’ve had naysayers tell me allowing my dog on my bed shows him I am a littermate and not the alpha leader. These same people won’t let their dog on the couch.

You will find a ton of articles about why dogs should not sleep with you due to alpha status, etc. Bleach and phooey. Do what works for you and is safe for all parties involved. I can tell you that when a dog dies, that empty spot on the bed is larger than life. You’ll look back someday and wish that dog was there to fill it.

Should I Crate My Dog At Night Time?

Puppies don’t like to pee or poop where they sleep. This is why puppies generally learn to sleep alone in a crate at night. it also teaches them to hold their bladder for a normal puppy-sized bladder period of time.

It is perfectly normal and acceptable for a puppy to sleep in a crate at night time. Do not expect the puppy to stay in the crate for extended hours and hold his bladder or bowels.

Many adopted adult dogs and dogs, in general, do perfectly fine sleeping in a crate at night. A dog’s natural instinct is to curl up and rest where he feels most comfortable. Dr. Patty Khuly says dogs are not the den animals society thinks they are.

Dr. Khuly says dogs spend more than 95 percent of their lives in the open and not “huddled in caves for comfort.” However, dogs do use dens but not in the way negative-based trainers or eager pet supply shops wish us to believe.

The truth of the matter is that dogs DO use dens. Periparturient moms (before, during and after whelping their pups) venture outside their confines only for food and water. Pups spend their first few weeks learning that a den is a safe, clean place to live and learn. And for sick or injured dogs? It’s where they go to convalesce in peace…or die. 

Dr. Patty Khuly

Dogs should not be locked in a crate for nine to ten hours a day for the sake of making them hold their bladder or fear they will wreck your abode. Enlisting the services of a dog trainer and/or work nicely with your dog on pottying outside. If you work outside the home, ask someone to take your dog out during the day for a potty break.

My neighbor adopted a shelter dog, Zola, who took comfort in “nesting” in her kennel. The kennel was large enough for the dog to move around, stand up, and turn. She kept the door to her kennel open so Zola could come and go as she pleased.

In the first few months after adopting Zola, my friend kept her in the kennel at night. She placed the kennel in her bedroom and made sure the dog was comfortable inside (doggy bed). Eventually, she opened the door to the kennel but kept her bedroom door closed. It took about six months before Zola spent every night sleeping comfortably on my friend’s bed with her.

What Are The Dangers Of Sleeping With My Dog?

From a hygiene perspective, there are some inherent risks to allowing anyone in your bed, dog or human. Here are the most common dangers of sleeping with a dog on your bed:

Allergic to Dogs

If your allergies are severe or you have asthma that is induced by pet saliva or dander, then by all means have the dog sleep in another room. Sadly, some extremely allergic people can’t have a dog at all, even a hypoallergenic breed.

I’ve invested in the Rabbit Air air purifier that helps rid our home of any unwanted pet dander, dust, or odors. I’ve been using it for several months and it’s been phenomenal. I’ve used cheaper air purifiers and they behave as such. This is an investment piece and I am grateful we use it.

Chemicals On Dogs

Sadly, at least 56 percent of Americans surveyed report using harmful pesticides to treat their lawns and green spaces. Another 65 percent of playing fields in the United States are sprayed with harmful pesticides. Your dog is walking, rolling, and playing on those chemically treated areas.

Whatever your dog walks on or rolls on is coming into your home and onto your bed. Eliminating the source of danger is essential, but you can never know if someone’s lawn is treated with chemicals or not. I clean my dog’s paws off two times a day, sometimes more, depending on the season and where we walk. I use plant-based, non-chemical dog wipes.

If I can’t use it or apply it to my own skin, I don’t apply it to my dog. I want my dog to sleep in my bed with me and stay safe 24/7. Here’s what we use for natural flea and tick prevention.

Your Dog Can Be Hurt or Crushed

Bottom line, if the dog interferes with your love life, then temporarily you can consider having the dog in another room. Some folks don’t like the dog “watching.” If we are being totally honest, I knew someone who had a dog that would pee whenever she had sex in the bedroom. I would joke that she must have gotten lucky when I saw the carpet cleaner at her house.

If you have a tiny dog or one that likes to burrow under things, then he or she can be in danger in your bed. People can roll on a pet or a child with harmful or deadly consequences. In this case, I’d advise reconsidering allowing the dog on the bed.

Aggressive Dog Behavior On the Bed

If a dog becomes territorial towards you or the bed, this might not be the best situation for all parties. I read an article where a child was running towards the bed while a dog was on it. The dog snarled and lunged at the child. He was normally a loving pooch, but the bed became his “domain.”

Famed dog trainer and behaviorist, Victoria Stilwell advises that making “off the bed” a game and using pets and treats as rewards for being on the floor/their own bed is key here. The dog gets no attention on the bed, only the floor. Never scold the dog.

If the dog jumps back up, simply instruct them “off” and make it positive when they do. Never yell or scold or hit a dog. Be careful about the dog jumping off your bed, as that’s how my Cocker Spaniel tore his ACL ligament and required surgery.

Interrupted Sleep Cycle

“Why do you tell me to stop when I snore but you think it’s cute when the dog does it?” This is a common question from my spouse.

Well, the dog snores are peaceful to me. What can I say?

I’ve had readers over the years tell me that their dog steals the covers and keeps them awake at night. If you have such insomnia that your dog might be an extra factor in preventing a solid night’s sleep, then you should consider having the dog sleep elsewhere. I’ll share some of my favorite dog beds below.

Is It Okay To Let My Dogs Sleep Outside?

No, you should not let your dog sleep outside. As a pet journalist, I’ve interviewed dozens and dozens of devastated pet parents whose dogs were stolen on their own property.

Dogs are social beings to their inner core. Gone are the days of leaving Fido outside to fend for himself because he’s “just an animal.”

A dog who is allowed to be outside with supervision, in a dog run, or at something like a dog park: these are different circumstances and ones that are not only encouraged but in which my dog and I engage. You bond with a dog when you spend time living together and playing together.

Dogs who sleep outside are also at the mercy of dognappers, a crime that has increased exponentially in recent years. The number of stolen dogs in America has increased 70 percent since 2010. Since dogs are considered personal property, the chances of getting them back are slim to none.

Inevitably, someone will write and tell me their dog prefers sleeping outside or they are a working farm dog and that’s how it’s done. If your dog absolutely is kept outside at nighttime such as a farm dog, be sure he has adequate shelter, is free from the elements, is warm or cool depending on the weather, has access to cool, clean water, and is not in an area where he can be attacked, poisoned, or stolen. This is only in extreme circumstances and not recommended for the majority of dogs.

If your dog sleeps outside, you’ll have no idea if he is sick, hurt, choking, or in peril. Here are our tips on how to protect your dog from being stolen.

Sleeping dogs

At What Age Can I Let My Dog Sleep With Me?

You’ve decided that your dog can sleep with you at night time, but what age is best? As a lifelong dog mom who has raised several puppies, it’s been my experience that most pups are ready to sleep on your bed anywhere between four and six months of age.

My first Cocker Spaniel puppy came up to snuggle with us on the bed when she was three months old. She curled up near my pillow, spread her little legs, and peed on my head. So much for not peeing where you sleep. I laughed then and now because puppies are just that: puppies.

Puppies are little sponges learning and exploring the world. When you feel safe with your dog in the bed and your dog is well-behaved enough not to pee on you or the bed, then go for it.

P.S. Our current Cocker Spaniel has been sleeping with us since the day after he brought him home (9 weeks). Sorry, not sorry.

Should I Put My Dog’s Crate In the Bedroom At Night Time?

Sometimes a dog will sleep in his kennel but pet parents aren’t sure where to place the kennel itself. Should the dog’s crate be inside the bedroom or somewhere else in the house?

Most dogs like to be close to their human, so if you prefer your dog doesn’t sleep on your bed, place his crate in your bedroom at night. Your dog feels safe and comfortable knowing you are nearby, and you won’t have to contend with the dog on your bed.

Never use a crate as punishment or “time out” for your dog. Dogs are very smart and intuitive, and they will start to view the crate as a bad place.

Sleeping Habits Of Dogs: Your Questions Answered

Should I take my dog’s collar off at night?

I take my dog’s collar off at night before bed. He generally doesn’t wear it around the house either. I just like him to feel comfortable. However, it’s a personal preference. If the collar can get stuck or snagged on something at night, remove it before bed.

Could the collar interfere with your dog’s sleeping pattern? It might be too tight. It could get stuck on something. If your dog sleeps in a kennel at night, it could get latched onto the wires and strangle your dog. If your dog wears a collar at night, it could be a safety issue, so consider what is best for your dog.

Can I leave my dog downstairs at night?

If you have allergies or are easily awakened, it is perfectly fine to leave your dog downstairs at night. If your bedroom is upstairs, you can install a dog monitoring camera downstairs.

Some pet parents have big dogs with mobility issues or joint problems. If you are unable to carry your larger dog upstairs, block off your steps with a size-appropriate dog gate. The last thing you want is for your dog to try and climb the stairs and get injured in the middle of the night.

Make sure your dog has a comfy spot to sleep downstairs and that he isn’t in harm’s way. Some dogs actually prefer to sleep somewhere else in the house and not on your bed. For example, m,y dog’s littermate, Ricky, likes to sleep on the upstairs bathroom floor.

Why won’t my dog sleep with me on the bed?

Sometimes your dog has no interest in sleeping on the bed with you. I know many heartbroken dog moms and dads who wish their dogs would sleep with them. They’ve tried putting their dog on the bed only to have the pup jump off.

Never force your dog to sleep on your bed with you if it truly makes them unhappy. Some other reasons dogs won’t sleep on your bed include:

  • The bed is too soft or too firm, sort of like Goldilocks
  • You are a bed hog and the dog needs more room
  • Your dog is bored or not tired and isn’t ready to go to bed yet
  • Something is physically bothering your dog: itching? drooling? pacing? Have a vet check him out.
  • Too many dogs are on the bed and he needs room or space to himself
  • Your dog is nervous, anxious, or something is bothering them: did you move? Have any recent changes in life? He may need his own space.

What’s the “norm” in your household? Do you allow your pet(s) to sleep on the bed? Weigh in and let us know in the comments below and check out our favorite bedtime products for dogs.

Fidose Favorite Products For Dogs At Bedtime

BEST DOG BLANKET

We love the Frisco Eyelash Dog Blanket because it is extra cozy, super soft, reversible, and available in several colors. We take this dog blanket with us when we travel and Dexter curls up on it in our home office.

BEST DONUT CUDDLER DOG BED

We love the Best Friends by Sheri Donut Dog Bed. We’ve used this bed, gifted it to friends, and is perfect for dogs who like to curl up when they sleep. The Sheri Donut Dog Bed comes in several sizes and varieties (with and without a blanket).

BEST ORTHOPEDIC BOLSTER DOG BED

We love, use, and highly recommend the Frisco Plush Orthopedic Front Bolster Dog Bed. It’s available in several sizes and perfect for dogs to climb on, nest in, and relax.

BEST DOG PAJAMAS

My dog stays warm at bedtime and after a bath in his oh-so-cozy Petrageous Dog Pajamas. My average-sized male Cocker Spaniel wears a size large.

BEST PUPPY BEDTIME TOY

The Snuggle Puppy with Heart Beat and Heat Pack helps dogs cope with stress, feel relaxed at bedtime, and helps puppies adapt to their new environment.

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  1. I am not opposed to dogs sleeping with people, but none of mine sleep with me. It is their choice. They are all very hot natured, and overheat after only a few minutes of cuddling.

    1. Yes i do let my dog sleep with me and will not let her sleep anywhere but with me she a beagle love her

  2. I have five Treeing Walker Coonhounds. My senior girl sleeps on an orthopedic bed in my daughter’s room, but the other four sleep on my bed. When I’m out of town and don’t have my dogs sleeping with me, I have the hardest time sleeping. In my case, I don’t even have to keep a blanket on my bed, most nights. I just use a sheet. I have a living, breathing, furry blanket of dogs. They all sleep pushed up against me, so they keep me nice and warm in winter and make me need to have a fan blowing over the bed in the heat of summer. I can’t even imagine NOT having my pups sharing my bed (although I wish I had a queen sized at times).

  3. My Bostons sleep with me. One starts the night on top of my legs, head on my feet. He wanders elsewhere on the bed throughout the night and returns to his original spot shortly before the alarm goes off. The other starts and stays tucked up under one arm. If I’m on my side, he curls up and pushes himself as close as he can to me. He likes to be spooned. I miss them when I travel for work. No matter the temperature in the room or how many blankets I pile on, I can never get warm or settled enough. I always sleep well with my boys’ soft snores as night music.

  4. Since Bentley was a pup he’s been sleeping in bed with me. I never thought otherwise for him not too. It’s actually the moments when he jumps off the bed to sleep in other parts of the house that makes me wonder “why doesn’t he want to sleep with me?”. It’s a comforting feeling knowing that I have the love of my life by my side.

  5. I will be the first to admit that I don’t sleep well with Nike. She’s big and restless and most of the time she crowds me right out of the bed. But on the other hand, when she isn’t in bed with me, I can’t sleep because she’s not there. Lol. There’s no making me happy. 🙂

  6. Daisy sleeps in our bed just about every night. It’s a king size bed but she usually hogs atleast half of it, so we do keep a dog bed in the room so we can send her there if we get too hot or need some alone time LOL!

  7. Our middle pup little boy always sleeps with us, cuddling with whomever my need it most. The eldest and youngest girl pups sleep wherever the want, but most often end up with us. Our sleep patternsd an allergies are ok

  8. We admitted how I started sleeping with the Lady for a blog post. Sleeping with one dog is a lot less dangerous than sleeping with 3 cats. Trust us on this. Love Dolly

  9. I was diagnosed with severe allergies 7 years ago, and pets are high on my list of causes. I’ve had pets all my life and even worked at a Veterinary Hospital for almost 20 years. It’s quite upsetting to now be allergic to my favorite thing in the whole world. But, I had an anaphylactic reaction and it scared the heck out of me. My allergist suggested allergy shots and cutting down my antigen load, I told him from day one that the pets weren’t going anywhere, so we agreed they weren’t allowed in the bedroom. We also have large dogs and I’m not sure that I’d be able to sleep with them in the bed with us. He also suggested that no clothing/shoes worn outside should come into the bedroom. This helps keep the antigens down in the room where I sleep. So the dogs don’t sleep on the bed, and the cats aren’t supposed to either. But when we lost our cat a year ago, his brother (not littermates, but they grew up together from the age of 8 months) was so heartbroken that he walked around the house howling for 3 months. He’s now been diagnosed with kidney failure, so you can bet he’s sleeping in bed with us for however long he has. Are my allergies flaring up? – Yes. is it worth it? Yes! I think if a person has well behaved dogs, they don’t have allergies to those dogs, the dogs are young enough not to hurt themselves getting up & down off the bed, and their sleep patterns aren’t disrupted by the pets – let the dogs sleep with them. To each his own.

    1. You know what is interesting? I had an allergist tell me I was allergic to dogs and I should “get rid of them.” I um, got rid of the allergist, on the right meds and now I cuddle with a Cocker to the max. Rock on, Christine.

  10. Bentley sleeps on his bed next to ours and Pierre sleeps in his kennel. Bentley is not allowed on the bed because I’m afraid he would fall and it is too high for him to get up and down on his own. Since Bassets are prone to spinal injuries, I don’t let him up there. He only recently became allowed on the couch. I’m a bit overprotective. Pierre would sleep in our bed but that wouldn’t be fair. We used to sleep with two huge German Shepherds every night, so I’m not opposed to the idea! I actually miss it.

    1. I have a little maltese and when I got her at 8 weeks the vet told me to be careful with her jumping because their little bones are like chicken bones and break very easily. I looked on Amazon for foam steps that come up to the top of my bed which is very high. She is free to run up and down them whenever she wants. They aren’t very expensive. I bought the one with 5 steps and it comes with a washable cover. I tried the cage the first night I brought her home. I put her in the cage on a soft pad I put in and shut the light off. She whimpered for a few minutes and I immediately picked her up and put her in bed with me and my husband and 7 yrs. later she is on our bed and we love it. She snores a little too…….

  11. Oh yes all the animals are on the bed. It used to be 4 big chesapeakes but now that norman passed it is now 3 chessies with a cat that took Normans place. Not much room for us but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  12. Bailie sleeps in bed with Mom, I sleep in my own bed next to Mom’s bed, and Katie prefers to sleep downstairs. Mom says sleeping with Bailie is so easy, but it is the cats that wake her up all night and early in the morning, not the dog.

  13. Awwww! Tater (being our only dog kid) does not sleep in our bed…and Wubbikins has staked her claim as the bed sleeper…he really likes to sleep the day and night away in the special bed we had custom made that looks out over the window to the street…because you never know if that UPS man is coming at 2am! LOL!

  14. Adorable photos! I agree with you – having a pet in bed with you is worth the risk. There are risks involved with everything if you think about it. If you drink too much water, you could drown. We still think of drinking water as a good thing. If my kitties want to cuddle me in bed, I’m going to allow it 🙂

  15. Sally and Tino both slept in bed with us – well Tino about 50% of the time. Becca, Jack and Maggie have never attempted to, so they just don’t. Haven’t invited them up either…Jack’s too big of a lunk.

  16. It’s wonderful to have your cat or dog snuggle up with you at night. I’m glad to know it’s good for my health too. About half of the pictures of my pets has them lounging in my bed.

  17. Great post! I actually think the biggest danger is building anxiety in a dog, or a dog beginning to look at their owner as a resource that they must protect. Some dogs are more prone to anxiety or guarding but there’s potential in every dog. I only allow Kayo to come up on the couch from time to time when I invite her. She’s otherwise nestled in her own bed right next to mine. Just about daily I’ll go hang with her on her bed and give her a nice long massage, especially after our major exercise for the day. But she’s a working dog and prone to anxiety so sleeping with me daily would make her very unhappy in the long run.

  18. Max sleeps with us every night. We have a king size bed but He has to sleep right up next to me. By morning I have been pushed all the way to the edge of the bed. Patches will come on the bed but only stays for a short time then jumps down and curls up in his bed that is right by my side of the bed. Maggie also prefers to sleep in her bed by my bed.

  19. I just got a new bed after about 100 years and could have been happy with a full but no, got to have room for the kitties to stretch out on! (if I had doggies, it would be the same) I don’t know what I would do if I had no warm, affectionate little body(ies) to feel leaning up against me. I actually think it’s some sort of primal human thing going back to when the tribe (including furry ones) slept in a “dog pile” (cats sort of pile, too) to keep cozy and feel safe.

  20. I had 3 Gordon setters. Jake always slept right next to me with his head on my pillow. Dusty ended up at the foot of the bed! Lucy had bad hips that would still jump up! I lost my dogs in a divorce.. and miss sleeping with them every night. I still have my cat but it’s not quite the same

  21. Oh yes. Both my dogs sleep in the bed with us and that is their choice. They are free to roam wherever they please at night (except right now Sampson is recovering from surgery so he’s limited.) I don’t sleep well if my puppy isn’t snuggled against me. :0

  22. My dog Milo has slept with me from the first night I brought him home. It’s just me and him, so he gets the other pillow. We have our little routine…it’s actually funny how similar his sleeping preference it so my own preference when sleeping with someone. We both think cuddling is fine for a few minutes, but then he gets up, turns him self around and faces way from me and lays back down with a bit of space between us. He’s doing exactly the same thing I’ve done with every guy who has shared my bed.

    Every foster dog (other than the 2 baby puppies who where my first fosters), join us in bed too. Every dog has different preferences. One wanted to crawl under the covers and sleep by my feet. Another would start in the bed but jump down and sleep on the floor after a few minutes. Luckily, being a dog owner means I won’t ever have to sleep alone again.

  23. We’ve never had a dog in our home that hasnt slept in the bed with us. At this point in time we have 3 in bed at once and twice that many cats LOL!

  24. Milo slept in his crate during the puppy and adolescent days. Now that he is a mature adult, he gets more privileges. I love having him snuggle with me. He sleeps with me every night, now, except for the nights when my son scoops Milo up and carries him off to sleep with him!

  25. I think there should be an article for dogs – “The dangers of sleeping with Hoomans”. 🙂

    Lottie

  26. We have 6 dogs in our house. 2 sleep on the bed with us, 2 sleep in their own beds in our bedroom and 2 hate being upstairs so sleep in their own crates in the living room. When my Mum lived with us she used to have them all on her bed apart from our little fur boy (who we recently lost – RIP Biscuit) who used to sleep with us while we watched TV in bed, then when the light went out would make his own way to his dog bed with his duvet in tow. After she moved out we gave them a week to find their own feet and where they wanted to sleep at night. We listened to them and how they felt. Works well for us.

    Pea (our little Cocker puppy) started out sleeping on my head at night and have moved down the bed, cuddling round the back of his dad’s legs now so he’s found his place. The eldest (15 years old Shelby) sleeps under a blanket right at the bottom. Neither interfere with our sleep so we’re happy, plus we do get the odd puppy lick on the nose to wake us up sometimes which is super cute. But I think that you should just let them find their own places, it makes them happy and in turn makes it less stressful for us.

  27. My doggie loves to sleep in my bed, but unfortunately I am not very good company for her. Lol. She will usually start out in the bed. Then when I start tossing and turning she jumps down and sleeps on her favorite pillow on the floor. Sometimes she will climb back into bed after ive fallen asleep again, sometimes not. But if I ever go to the bathroom she always jumps into the bed and takes over my blanket and pillow.

  28. Love my two dogs they sleep with us every night and even though they make it more difficult for us to cuddle I wouldn’t want them anywhere else although it seems since we moved in together they both betrayed their original parents my boy cuddles her all night and her girl tends to get a bit too possessive over me, lol nowadays we playfully fight our way through our little dogpile to eachother.

  29. My 4yo Yorkie likes to sleep on the bed or couch. He is always laying at the foot of the bed or by my legs. The only time he doesn’t sleep with me is if I’m bothering him (he looks so adorable when he sleeps so I just HAVE to pet him). If he’s not laying on the bed he’s laying on the covers that hang off of the bed. He is just the cutest ?

  30. My chiweenie pup Liam is about the size of a kitten and he’s always been a huge cuddler/burrower. He head to bed at the same time every night . He comes prodding at the covers until I lift the blanket and then curls into a ball against my stomach. It’s very soothing and he has never interrupted my sleep. I love it

  31. ?????? WHAT!?!? You mean there’s home’s in the U.S.A. THAT DOG’S DON’T SLEEP WITH THEIR DOG PARENT’S!!!??!?

    WOW!!!! I have a poodle that is almost 10 years old I got her a puppy and she has ALWAYS slept with me. I couldn’t imagine being her dog parent any other way.

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  32. We’ve had our little guy since he was a puppy. As a pup, he always slept in his crate. These days he’s free to roam at night. Currently he’s curled up in bed with me, at bedtime for my daughters he stayed with the eldest until she fell asleep, then cuddled the toddler until she was out, then alternately cuddled my husband and I in the living room until we decided to go to bed. He’ll eventually make his way to the couch, his own bed, and back in with one of the girls throughout the night. He seems to be very restless at night, possibly a light sleeper. Maybe he’s speeding his love evenly, or he’s just too much of a lazy bum during the day!

  33. My partner and I have a dachshund his name is Rudy, he’s 21 years old!!! He can’t see but loves his Barkbox! He unfortunately cannot sleep with us anymore. He can’t see to get up our steps to the bed, but he’s happily snuggled in his bed by our bed. Now we do have a dachshund/ jack russell Pepper Ann, and Mollie who we don’t really know what she is lol. They sleep with us nightly and learned fast how to use the steps. I lost my dachshund Henry last year, he jumped off our bed and broke his back ?? so I bought steps for the others …. Hard lesson to learn.

  34. my boyfriend and I have two toy poodles. One is a few years younger than the other and he is always in our bed. Every night he chooses to cuddle with my boyfriend or me (if I’m lucky?) The other, is about 10 years old now. He sometimes will come up on the bed if we call him but he doesn’t stay for long. He has a bed under ours where he spends most of his time and sleeps. The weird thing is though, when my boyfriend is away, he’s up on the bed most of the day and the whole night with me and the other pooch. I can’t figure out why he does this. I don’t mind it. Lucky me, right? ?

  35. our 99lb GSD loves to sleep on top of me but leaves all room for my husband! Thank god she only sleeps on the bed for a few hours and then gets down and goes on her own bed. During the day she comes upstairs and sleeps in the middle of the bed but is never aggressive about getting down or it being her bed. I can just come in and take a nap with her and she could care less. I say do what you feel is comfortable for both you and your furry love. That is what we do when it comes to our children right? My furry love is my child and I treat her that way.

  36. I have a Weiner jack I’ve had her for 6 yrs she is literally my other half my best friend I take her everywhere I can and if I can’t I don’t stay gone long and she loves me the same she has always slept with me she fills my loneliness I don’t know what I’d do without her but I feel it’s perfectly fine to sleep with our dogs if that’s what they want

  37. I am not a dog lover. I am an animal lover don’t get me wrong. I started dating my now husband 6 years ago. He has a black lab. She was 7 at the time. He also has a golendoodle ( golden retriever/ poodle) that’s 3 months at the time. We moved very quickly, fell in love and I moved in. I travel a lot for my work. Well there two Alpha females shred, salivate and roll all around ONLY on MY side of the bed. They tear the sheets when it’s time for their nails to be groomed pee, and poop and hair is everywhere!! Again only on mom’s side of the bed. They are now 11 and 5 and it still hasn’t stopped. Do you guys think my hubby sleeps with them when mom’s away on business? He swears he would never ever do this.., any suggestions? I’m sorry, I’m not sharing my bed with my new husband with dogs. Nope!

    1. Okay so for suggestions, are you asking what you can do to keep the dogs off the bed or???? Let me know and I can help!

  38. I have a huge crate for my boxer/black mouth cur mix. When I go to bed she either follows me up to my bed or she’ll stay on the couch most of the night and show up in my bed early in the morning. If I’m upstairs in my office at night and go to bed I’ll sometimes find my doggah already comfortable in the middle of all my pillows.

  39. I got a mini dachshund a year ago and he has slept with me ever since. I can’t imagine him not being by my side every night. I change the sheets every week because of all the dog hair, but I do so with a smile on my face.

  40. Schooner & Skipper sleep with us every night. Our dogs before Schooner & Skipper slept in bed with us, They keep me warm in the winter. Skipper love to sleep under the cover. Schooner like to sleep in-between us with his head on a pillow and covered up. I love sleeping with my husband and dogs!

  41. I am one of those unlucky that is allergic to cat and certain dog fur/hair. However even though I suffer from dog danger and dust the dogs bring in extra, I just wash my sheeting and blankets more often and sweep our floors more often and cough with the mood hits me. My pets I have (not limited to most dogs) are standard, long haired, red and white dachshunds. My girl dachshund, Ginger, loves to sleep on my pillow, up as far as she can. My male dachshund, Poppy, loves to sleep at your feet under all the covers but with an escape hole ready to take off with the slightest noise. The also have kennels in the house to get away from the noise and household with they are tired.
    I think my biggest and best idea came from when they were puppies and wanted me all the time; I put them in the kennels (separate) and covered them like you do a bird. They slept a lot better until too big for their cages. They are each 16-18 lbs. Not what I call little.

  42. My boxer jumps in the bed toward the morning hours. I also have a Boston that loves to sleep wedge between my legs and a yorkie that will be right up by my face. They go to their crates at night. They sleep with me often but they tend to go from sprawling all over the bed to being wedge where I can move. The are my babies so bed, couch, chair nothing is off limits, they know know who the pack leader is, I bark and bite ( just kidding) the hands that feed them all those good treats. Oh and I am a transplant patient so wipe their paws and no worries, we live in a world full of germs, fur babies are no greater risk that the shopping cart in the grocery store or the door handle in the public restroom. Same principles!

  43. I have two dogs, both kinda on the small side. One of them, Honey, is a rat terrier and the other, Chico, is her son with a jack russell. Honey is fairly sedate while Chico is very..um..’insecure’ is the best I can put it. I have no problem with Honey being in bed with me, but Chico has a problem with getting over-excited whenever he is allowed in bed and has to wear a wrap to keep my bed dry. He does a lot better now whenever he’s on our laps or on the couch, but still has a problem with the bed. I feel bad letting Honey up onto the bed when I have to tell Chico no, but even when he does have the wrap on he’s a big wiggle-worm so I have no chance to sleep with him. He can stay up while I’m watching TV or playing video games, but that’s the best I can do for him. Sad…

  44. I got my first dog, a Dachshund mix, after my husband passed away. She burrows under the covers with me every night and my cat snuggles with me on the other side. It’s comforting and makes me smile. The only drawback is having to get the dog hair off the sheets every morning!

  45. My dog sleeps with me every night would not have it any other way. She is half chuwawa and half rat terrier a little dog. I have never rolled on her thank God. I know she is there. Love of my life.

  46. I love my dogs to death but I can’t do the sleeping in the bed… My dog Lex is 12 and she is a constant licker and drooler… she also sheds like she has exploded everywhere…and believe me we have tried everything to help with no results…I was raised with the pack mentality from my dad who bred dogs for a living also…. where the master gets the bed and the puppers get the floor or a bed of their own… I feel bad sometimes because my husband is on the other end of the spectrum where his old dog used to sleep with him and her fur was all over his pillows and blanket and its just a big no for me… I think it is a strong mix of I’m the Alpha female and the fact she is always covered in dirt drool and shedding (no matter how many baths i give) I just can’t do it…

  47. 275 lbs of doggy love between my doberman, masriff/choc lab, lil heeler mix and chihuaha…. sometimes my ten year old squeezes in and or the pig…. making it 1-200 lbs more in the bed….. I wouldnt have it any other way….

  48. My plan was no dogs on the couch or bed. First night I had her home she howled until I put her in bed with me, she slept on my neck. She sleeps in the bed with me and my previously fancy couches are now doggy couches. She just wants to be wherever I am. An amazing thing is that she wakes me up at night if she smells (beagle) that my sugar levels are too low – wasn’t trained to do this.

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