Are you confused about whether you should share a bed with your pet dog?
Like you, many people in India and the US often get confused and ultimately become fussy with dog breeds while adopting them. The truth is, whatever dog breed it is, consider its pros and cons, then decide what’s the right choice for your household.
Pros for Cuddling Up With Your Dog
- The more time you spend with them, the body releases happy hormones (oxytocin), helping you stay calm and relaxed.
- All breeds of dogs are always alert, even in their sleep. Sharing a bed with them can help you feel safer and more secure.
- It strengthens the bond with your dog as they feel you are members of the same pack.
- All dog breeds are warmer than humans, so they are your best pals for chilly winter nights (especially in northern India.)
Cons for Sharing a Bed with Your Dog
- If someone has allergies and asthma in your family, dogs can worsen their conditions.
- Some dog breeds can have problems with dominance-aggression, territorial-aggression, or separation anxiety. It is a bad idea to share a bed with them as it reinforces the belief that they are your equal or even a dominant partner in the relationship.
- Dogs have a simple mind; they might not understand to respect your privacy when you need it. Even if you close the door, they can continue whining until you let them in.
- It can negatively affect your love life as your partner might disagree with your dog sharing the bed.
- Sharing a bed with your dog means risking exposure to bacteria, fleas, ticks, and parasites on the bed. Moreover, they might walk straight from the garden onto your bed, making it further dirtier.
- Like humans, most breeds of dogs snore or move around since their minds always remain alert. It can interrupt your sleep.
Whichever dog breeds you pick, if you want to share a bed, train them first to sleep alone. It’s easier for the dogs to revert to it if the need arises. Moreover, have your dog regularly checked for parasites, ticks, etc., and housetrain them before co-sleeping. For more information on co-sleeping with dogs, contact us, or comment below.