05-03-2016, 12:22 PM
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Do you let you dog sleep in your bed with you?
This is more for my own curiosity, but do you let your dogs sleep with you at night?
My shiba has never really shown interest in sleeping in the same bed as me, he prefers his own bed. My pittie pup is the total opposite, she tries to snuggle and sleep with me at almost every opportunity (could also be because she's a pup). When I first got her (at 8 weeks), I made sure to crate train her (but with the door open) so she's learned to love her crate and will sleep in it if her own bed is being washed etc. However, when she sleeps on her own she would still wake up in the middle of the night (at 3am) and wake me up because she wanted to sleep with me. The lack of quality sleep was really putting a toll on my health (I have an autoimmune disease and if I'm stressed or sleep deprived it really affects my body) so I decided to let her sleep with me and now she sleeps through the entire night.
In the evening if I'm watching TV on the couch, she sometimes sits in front of me and stares because she wants to go on the couch and cuddle/nap next to me but I will ignore her and she will eventually go to her own bed and sleep. After an hour or so she will wake up and come back to me and want to sleep on the couch. If it's right before we go to bed I'll let her up because eventually we'll move to the bed and sleep for the night anyway.
At first I thought that this would cause separation anxiety or just make her more needy so I've considered stopping it and hope that eventually she will learn to just sleep in her own bed throughout the whole night. So far she does not seem to have any separation anxiety issues. She is a little attached to me and whines whenever I leave for work or when I run errands but she settles down eventually. I always make sure to give her enough physical and mental exercise.
Are there any serious repercussions to having your dog sleep with you in your bed at night? I'm referring to behavioral issues.