Should You Let Your Dog Sleep With You

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Some people love sleeping with their dogs. Others train their dogs to never jump on their bed. Is it smart to let your dog sleep in your bed?

It's really up to you, but here are some things to consider before deciding if your dog should sleep in your bed.

Why You Should Not Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed

Your Bed Will Smell

Dogs smell. Some smell worse than others, but they all smell. If your dog is smelly and your let them lay on your bed all night, then you bed is likely to smell. This might not bother you, but it can gross out your partner or anyone else who might share the bed with you.

Dogs Are Dirty

Humans care about cleanliness. We take showers and change our clothes. Dog's don't have the same concerns. They are happy to go running around in the mud and then walking around the house, leaving stains.

If your dog is one that plays outside a lot, he or she is going to be dirtier than you when getting into bed. This will leave your sheets and covers dirtier faster. You will have to wash your sheets more often.

If your dog has fleas or other pests, he or she can pass those on to you.

They Shed

It's amazing how much certain dog breeds can shed. Where does all that fur come from?

If you let your dog on your bed, expect to wake up to dog hair on your pajamas and in your hair. You can take a shower in the morning, but it's still something to think about.

They Steal The Covers

They don't do this on purpose, but dogs have a tendency to lay in such a way that you will soon find that you are no longer under the covers. Somehow your dog has laid down in just the right way to make sure your comforter has shifted off of you.

The above are a few things to consider when deciding if you want your dog to sleep with you. Not all dogs are the same, so not all of the above might apply to you, but it is something to think about.

Why You Should Let Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed

You Will No Be Lonely

Dogs are a man's best friend. They are our faithful companions. No one likes to be alone. Having a dog lay in bed with you can bring you comfort and piece of mind.

You may also feel safer knowing that your dog is right there, leading to a better night's sleep.

They Will Keep You Warm

Two bodies are warmer than a single body. Your dog's body heat will help keep you warm at night. If you get cold in the winter, letting your dog sleep in your bed will help keep the temperature up.

You Will Be Less Stressed

Studies have shown that sleeping with an animal can lower stress and lead to a better sleep. Maybe the only time you really have to spend with your dog is in the evening. Allowing your dog to sleep in your bed gives you more time together, leading to a better bond between the two of you.

One Last Consideration

One last thing to consider is that once a dog is trained to sleep in your bed, they may feel hurt or rejected if you stop letting them sleep in your bed. Think about that before you train your dog to sleep in your bed.

This is especially true of a puppy. If you let your puppy sleep in your bed when it is young, it will not understand why you don't allow it to do so when it is older.

If you plan on kicking your dog out of bed, it is better to simply not let them into the bed in the first place. A puppy bed might be a good investment.