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Old 05-03-2016, 12:22 PM
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Do you let you dog sleep in your bed with you?

Hi,

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.
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Old 05-03-2016, 12:35 PM
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Ours sleeps where ever he wants, no issues what so ever. He could be under the blankets on the bed, on the couch, in his kennel or too warm and stretched out on the floor where the fan can hit him direct.
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Are there any serious repercussions to having your dog sleep with you in your bed at night? I'm referring to behavioral issues.
Personally I've let Bandit sleep in bed with me every night since I got him and I haven't had any behavioral issues. We even went from one house where he was allowed on all the furniture to one where he cannot be on the couch and he learned to go to his bed in the living room instead of the bed without a problem.

We crate trained our first family dog Duke and he slept in his crate every night without an issue, however we got Molly very shortly after Duke has passed away (family friends had recently bought a puppy from a breeder and when one of the litter-mates was returned they bought her for us because I was having such a hard time losing Duke) and because our grief was so fresh Molly crying in the crate that first night was too much and we let her in bed. She uses her crate as a hide away now, its her "safe zone" she likes to go there when shes done something wrong because she knows my parents will leave her alone in there, but she's slept in mine or my parent's bed every night for the past 9 years.
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Chisum usually sleeps with me unless he gets hot, in which case he will go into the other room and sleep under my desk.
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Both my dogs sleep with my husband and I (I keep saying we need a King!). Heidi generally stays up all night, but Levi comes and goes if he gets hot.
I've noticed no behavioral issues from this.
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Yoki sleeps with us too and if I roll away from her she gets up, does a little circle and snuggles back in so that she's touching me again. It's funny because she's so independent outside but at home she wants to be as close to her humans as possible.
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Both dogs sleep with me and my husband (also in a queen sized bed). They usually will alternate who will be up and who will be sleeping on the dog bed in the room.
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Both dogs sleep in bed with my husband and I. It is so cute when my husband says "bedtime boys!" they both go running to our bedroom and wait to get lifted into the bed.

I have not noted any issues with the dogs but I will say that I feel it disrupts my sleep a little bit, but not enough to stop letting them in the bed. Also, it does limit marital intimacy, so that's a downside...
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I have not noted any issues with the dogs but I will say that I feel it disrupts my sleep a little bit, but not enough to stop letting them in the bed. Also, it does limit marital intimacy, so that's a downside...
Bandit will go sleep in his bed under my desk if me and the boyfriend start moving around too much . He's back on the bed by the time I wake up in the morning, I think he comes back once he hears the BF start snoring.
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Bri sleeps in her dog bed right next to my side of our bed. My husband and I didn't want her sleeping on the bed. I get warm at night the way it is and I can not even tolerate my husband snuggling at night, because I get too warm.
She is always welcome to nap next to/on me, when we're on the couch, but the bed is a no-go for us.
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