Dog in bed: pros and cons

The question of whether a dog is allowed to sleep in bed or not has always led to great discussions among animal lovers. Some are against it and find it unsanitary or even hazardous to health. The others take it for granted and do not want to do without the nightly cuddle units. There are both arguments against a dog in bed as well as reasons for it - Shutterstock / Anna Hoychuk

Whether your dog sleeps in bed is okay is your private decision. From a scientific point of view, there are no reasons why he shouldn't. However, whether it's a good idea that you're happy with in the long run is another question. Here are a few arguments for and against the dog in bed that can help you decide.

Possible reasons against a dog in bed

A frequently cited argument against the dog in bed is hygiene: bacteria, ticks, worms and other parasites can get into bed via the dog's fur, some of which can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease to humans. What will be distributed in bed in any case if you sleep with an animal: dog hair. Everywhere. Some people have only a very slight allergy. Living with a dog may be possible, but having the animal hair on your face continuously for up to eight hours at night can sometimes have a greater impact. In addition, unpleasant odors cannot always be avoided, for example due to bad breath or flatulence in the dog.

If you have a very light sleep, a dog - no matter how big or small - is probably not the best idea, because the four-legged friends do not lie still at night. There is snoring, scratching, turning, kicking and panting. Quite apart from the fact that your woof usually makes itself comfortable exactly where you would like to have your own legs stretched out. For this very reason there is indeed a place where dogs have actually lost nothing: in the cot. The risk of injury is too great for both.

It becomes problematic when your dog no longer lets other people into bed. For example, if a single always sleeps in bed with his dog and the new partner is not allowed to slip under the sheets later, stress is inevitable.

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Per dog in bed: cosiness, attachment and Co.

If you let your dog sleep in bed, you will surely enjoy the cozy warmth of the fur bundle next to you. Dog lovers keep reporting that human-dog friendship is strengthened by sleeping together. Especially with depressive moods, the presence of the beloved four-legged friend can work little miracles. The experts at the Mayo Sleep Clinic in Arizona were also able to demonstrate in an experiment that sleeping together with pets can increase individual well-being.

Everything half as bad - tips for sleeping with a dog

Most of the arguments against the dog in the bed at home can be put into perspective very quickly: If you vaccinate, dewormer and regularly check for ticks, the cold snout does not drag anything into bed that people could not bring with them. In addition, bacteria do not matter whether you are sitting on the couch with Bello or lying in bed. Hygienically, it makes no difference.

You can significantly reduce excessive hair by brushing your dog regularly. In addition, some breeds have very little hair. Just change the bedding more often and everything is fine. You can also get your darling a blanket of their own and teach them to sleep on this blanket at the foot of the bed. It's all a question of education. As far as rest disturbance and odor nuisance are concerned - both do not necessarily have to be different in relation to human bed partners.

As always in dog training, when deciding the question, "Can the dog go to bed?" Consequence asked. If Bello is allowed to go to bed with him, he can always do so. If you do not want to have it under the covers, you should not make any exceptions. Your animal needs clear guidelines for action. Everything else leads to conflict. Incidentally, it is doubtful that dogs develop disturbed dominance behavior through the shared sleeping quarters. If dogs do not follow the rules or do not listen to commands, this is less due to a disturbed ranking between humans and animals. The reason for this is that the dog did not understand the rules and commands as such. And that is a result of unclear, inconsistent education.