Do You Let Your Pets Sleep in Bed With You?

by DFS-Pet-Blog on March 12, 2015

Ahh yes, the ultimate pet parent struggle: Should you let your pets sleep in bed with you? In my house, we have two dogs of different size, sex, color and breed. But they have one thing in common — they’re both drama queens when it comes to bedtime. Specifically where they sleep, which is usually in bed with us.

Annie, our 5-year-old Terrier/Chihuahua, weighs about 7 pounds, and Deke, our 4-year-old black Labrador, is a solid 65 pounds. They’re not huge dogs, especially Annie. And, thankfully, we have a nice big king-sized bed. But the bed instantly feels much small when you add two dogs. Annie snores like someone with asthma who just ran a marathon, and Deke likes to sleep on top of us, growls when we move an inch to hamper his sleeping, and both are antsy, so they never stay in one spot for the entire night. Also, Annie sleeps under the blankets between us, and Deke sleeps on top. So, it’s basically a literal hot mess of dogs, blankets and humans.

Why the drama queen moniker? If we dare move them (or politely ask them to move once they’re asleep in bed), they sigh — as in a noisy how-dare-you-even-think-about-asking-me-to-move-now-that-I’m-asleep exhale.

82530_021SQWe love our dogs. We want them to be happy and healthy, and that includes sleeping well. But we aren’t getting a good night’s rest, and ultimately neither are the dogs, because we’re continually shoving them one way to get more covers or waking said snorer up so she stops snoring. It’s a lose-lose for us and the dogs.

It’s a struggle because we both work long hours, so we only get a few hours with them at night before we go to bed, which is the main reason we love snuggling with our fur babies during the night. Plus, they’ve been sleeping in bed with us for so long, it’s hard to break the habit. Recently though, we have been more adamant about Annie’s snoring (she gets “banished” to the luxurious spare bedroom with her own queen-sized bed, which is rough), and we make Deke get off the bed when he jumps up, so he sleeps on the plush carpet or pile of decorative pillows — again, very rough.

Deke is crate trained, and has been since he was a puppy, so — hypothetically — we could put him in there at night, which would give him that safety zone to sleep without us bothering him. But he’s in there when we go to work (before they get picked up by grandma!), so that’s really not an option, at least for us.

Of course, we don’t want to shun our dogs to the cold, hard, scary, lonely floor, but we also have to wake up (and stay awake!) for work the next day. Which brings me to my long-drawn-out much-awaited point: I think it’s time to invest in a dog bed (or two). Fortunately, there are a lot of benefits to investing in a bed for your dog:

  • Beds insulate your dog from the floor in both the winter and summer. In the wintertime, many small dogs love to curl up in a nesting-type bed like a Slumber Ball dog bed, which provides the warmth needed for both comfort and good health.
  • Beds provide your dog with his own private space and a sense of security.
  • Beds cushion joints and bones — especially for older, arthritic or overweight dogs. (Orthopedic and Quilted Super Deluxe Beds are designed specifically for dogs that need extra joint support and comfort.)61027C_132
  • Beds control the spread of hair and dander by concentrating it in one, easy-to-clean location. Many of our customers choose a bed offering two covers, such as our Ultimate Classic Dog Bed, so they always have a fresh cover when the other cover is being cleaned. Drs. Foster and Smith also offers additional/replacement covers for many of our beds.
  • Helping to prevent injuries by keeping your dog from jumping up and down from the furniture.

Do you struggle with these issues? Where do your pets sleep at night?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Valpetrening March 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm

My puppy keeps on crying outside the bedroom if I won’t let him sleep beside me. I can’t resist! 🙂

John Reynolds April 11, 2015 at 2:51 am

I too have one dog and always shouts for sleeping with me. But sleeping with a dog can hurt your rest. So it is better to invest money in the dog’s bed. It will be better for you and your pets both.

Karen April 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm

My dog won’t stay in the yard and we live in the contry

Robin Slayton April 27, 2015 at 9:40 am

We have a 185 lb mastiff who sleeps right between my husband I. Indy also snores worse than any old man I’ve ever heard!(my daughter can hear him upstairs in the bedroom above ours!). I love having the big guy sleep with us, I’ve learned to sleep around him, in whatever space left, my husband-not so much! But after two years, I don’t have the heart to put him out of the room! I have to say, we were warned! “Don’t ever let a mastiff puppy do something that you wouldn’t want a 200lb dog to do!”

Wendy May 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

My Golden sleeps at the foot of my bed, in a closed crate with a memory foam mattress and lots of cushy blankies. He has been in a crate all his life … it’s *his* room, his own space … and he loves it.

Antoinette May 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Your Golden sounds cute…but “has been in a crate all his life???”
For real???

Melissa R. May 18, 2015 at 7:59 am

Antoinette, I believe the person meant that is where he has slept at night his whole life, not in the crate his whole life. LOL!

Wendy May 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Yes, Antoinette … it’s just at night, and the occasional naptime.

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