Do you let your dog sleep with you? Did you know that this is a highly debatable subject that has strong opinions on both the “pro” and the “con” side. Let’s review a few of the “for” and ” against” points of view.
- Pro: Many pet owners feel a sense of comfort when they have Fido cuddled up close with them in the night. Who wouldn’t like to feel the love of your pet snuggling up with you? Dogs are social creatures and in the wild they do enjoy the company and security of their pack. Many times they sleep touching other pack members to feel that safety. Not only that is considered a bonding period as well. You and your family members are your dog’s pack and many dogs like to be close to their owners – AKA pack leader.Allowing Fido to rest with you each night keeps him occupied and out of mischief. When you lock them away in a garage or outside they do get lonely and often even depressed at times. This mental and physical state can lead to trouble. One other remarkable benefit of letting Fido sleep with you is that cuddling with your pet is a huge stress relief and can aid in the lowering of blood pressure. Hence, the reason dogs are used in many therapy sessions. Cuddling and hugging release chemicals in the body that help you relax. Who needs medication or a teddy bear when you have Fido!
- Con: On the other hand, some people feel that your dog may not be able to differentiate your bed from other furniture and feel it is acceptable to lounge about on all of your belongings. Other folks are allergic to pets and the dander and hair from them can cause allergies to flare up. That’s not all, some people truly feel that your dog can become too dominant, claiming your bed for their own space and that boundaries must be set. Finally, there are some who say you won’t be able to get a decent night’s sleep with the dog interrupting your sleep all night, moving and scratching.
Are you ready to kick Fido out of your bed yet?
Well, before you put your dukes up, what it all comes down to is your personal preference. There really is no right or wrong answer. How does your dog interact with you, what are your circumstances? If you work with your dog, set boundaries and address bad behavior from the start then you can find that balance with them. Why did you decide to add a dog to your family? Why not embrace the chance to reduce stress and let that unconditional love make its way into your heart? Should your dog sleep with you; YES!