Does your dog sleep on your bed? It might be cute and cuddly, but it’s most likely not the best of ideas.
We parents of fur-babies have a tendency to treat our dogs as fully fledged members of the family and give them privileges and luxuries that go along with it, including the opportunity for them to nap during the day or even sleep the whole night on our beds! However, this isn’t always the best thing that you can do for you or your pup. A topic you can read more about in the post below.
It may look cute, but is allowing your pup on the bed the best idea?
It can bad for you, and for them.
The thing about letting your dog sleep on your bed is that it can actually be bad for you both. In fact, for you the owner it can cause all sorts of trouble including being woken up unnecessarily in the night, something that can affect your quality of sleep and so how you function in the day.
Additionally, it means that your sleep space will be covered in pet dander, something that can be breathed in and cause respiratory issues including allergies.
It’s not always great for Fido to be sleeping on the bed next to you either, primarily because it can create a huge issue with separation anxiety. After all, if they are used to being with you for the majority of a 24 hour period, any time when they can’t do this such as when you are on vacation, or they are ill are going to be even harder for your pup.
Set boundaries early.
Happily, there are some tactics you can use to get into good habits with where your pets sleep. One is to be firm with your boundaries from the outset, never allowing them on the bed or even upstairs.
Of course that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a comfy chair downstairs where you can take a nap together in the day. It just ensures that your bed is dedicated entirely to getting rest.
Give them a comfortable space to sleep.
To help with setting and maintaining such boundaries it’s a great idea to provide them with a comfortable sleep space. Luckily, this isn’t a difficult task as there are plenty of things like getting them a dog bed cushion, a special basket, or even building a kernel space for them under the stairs that can work well. After all, if they have a comfortable space that they are used to going to when bedtime rolls around you will be able to keep them off your bed that much easier.
It may take time.
Lastly, when it comes to keeping the dog off of your bed, you need to realize that it will take time to achieve, especially if they have been used to sleeping there. To that end, it’s important that you are firm, but patient when trying to change your dog’s behavior.
Remember also to reward positive actions with treats, and you may even wish to install gates on the stairs or in particular rooms to prevent them from being able to access them, at least until they have learned that bedtime means they have to go get into their own bed, not yours!