Should you allow your dog to sleep in your bed with you??

United States
July 1, 2008 10:16pm CST
I am a 7 year old Lahsa APso and he has been sleepin in either my bed or my parents bed ever since he was born. If I don't allow him to he will not go to sleep on the floor. He will cry and bark and roam the house. He is so use to the fact of sleeping on the bed that he doesn't know any other way. Now that I have a 9 month old baby I do not allow him to sleep with me so his only other option is to sleep with my parents. Many people would think allowing a dog to sleep in the same bed is wrong, what do you think???
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26 responses
• United States
2 Jul 08
WHAT EVER YOU DO, DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT LET THAT DOG SLEEP WITH THAT BABY... I was 1 years old, 16 now, and my mom told me that she was so scared when my cat was sleeping with me, (he still living 19 years old impressive huh) so she made him jumped off the bed running scared, but anyway I wouldn't recommend your dog sleeping with you in the bed, cause they may do disgusting things while you sleep. But if you been fine now, just keep doing it if you want.
@bunnybon7 (32565)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Jul 08
the reason your mom would not let the cat sleep with you is an old wives tale about cats taking childrens breathe. my cats about always slept with one of the kids even as babies and they are all grown and fine. also, many people let their dogs sleep with them including myself. should be no problem as long as the dog is clean and healthy with shots etc.
@snowy22315 (32975)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I think it's your personal preference. If I didnt let my dog sleep with me no one would get any sleep. I tried having him sleep in a crate when he was a puppy that did not work he was only happy and quiet when he was with us. It hasnt changed much.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
I think it depends on the person and the dog. I have a small dog with a large temper. If I let her sleep with me she growls and nips at me when I try to move. I think as long as the dog knows its place and doesn't cause problems it's ok. In your case the dog might have been happier if it was never taught that it was ok to sleep with you. Now it has to sleep with someone and will make a fuss if it can't. Of course, hind sight is 20-20 and I don't blame you for letting the dog sleep with you.
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@rmuxagirl (7569)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I would never allow a dog to sleep in the bed. Then he would think it's his bed not mine. Though my cat sleeps in my bed sometimes, but she sleeps at the foot of the bed. I guess it doesn't matter when I get married as my fiance is allergic to both.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
Yup. My dogs have always slept with me. They aren't that dirty, and they stick to the foot of the bed. Sure, I have less room but I like the extra warmth.
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@Hatley (157771)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Jul 08
No I dont think its wrong at all. a lot of people allow their dogs to sleep in the same bed. It is just whatever you are accustomed to, after all its your home and your home is your' castle so whatever you do in it, is right for you. and thats'all that matters, really.
• United States
2 Jul 08
We have a small indoor dog that is ten years old and for four of those years she slept on our kids beds and when they moved out she started sleeping with my husband and me. Well, last year we had enough of it. She was totally hogging the bed, snoring and moving around to the point that WE could not sleep. So we went out and bought her a bed and didn't she have a fit. She wanted nothing to do with it for about a week, but we did not give in to her. We made her stay off our bed. Eventually she started laying on the bed after we put one of my husband tee shirts he had worn on it. I guess the smell was comforting for her. Now we have no problem whatsoever. Everyone is sleeping much better in their own beds....although she still snores.
@MaeTsuen (257)
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
my chows... i have 4 chow living with me. The females are behaved they either sleep inside my room or just at the living room with electric fan on. Sometimes they prefer to sleep at the living room. But my 2 chow males... they will really make noisy scratches at my door, they really want to get in my room. However, i didn't train them to sleep at my bed... it's just single bed, so we won't fit heheheh good thing i didn't or else i will be the one who will be sleeping on the floor. Anyways sleeping with me on my bed or not still the same, because they too cry, and bark when you won't let them in. well i've tried to let them stay at the living, i would stay long there wait for them to fall asleep. then i will sneak in at the room... 10 minutes later... you will hear them scratching at my door. =)They also sleep in my parent's room. whenever i get home i watch t.v in my parent's room no disturbances... my dogs will be there too. When i go down they follow me too. If i happen to have fallen asleep watching t.v in my parent's room when i wake up to transfer in my room they will follow me too. =) It's kind a hard to let them understand why they can't do something which they were accustomed to for so many years like sleeping with you on the bed. We can't verbally explain to them as they won't understand. But we can try to talk to them make compliment out of it. Like maybe buying a new dog bed that would feel the same as your bed, but still inside your room. or maybe you could move him around the bed maybe train him to sleep at the edge of the bed so your baby can sleep better. Also you know why your lhasa apso won't sleep in any other bed? It's because they have so been attached to you so much. Try to check in case you try to sleep at your couch your dogs will stay there too.
@metschica25 (5409)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I have one dog who sleeps in my bed because she is such a big baby , and has too . On the other hand she just goes straight to bed , and is no bother , actually a pretty good cuddler On the other side of things my fiance has a pug that when it sleeps in the bed will make so much noise , and sometimes wet the bed. She now will sleep in the hallway basket , and at first she would cry and roam , and now she is used to it and knows where she has to sleep , and where she cant . I do feel bad , but she is a pain most times, ya know.
@jess07 (319)
3 Jul 08
My dog always sleeps in my bed,he comes over lifts the cover with his nose and hops in!!It all started when he was a pup and was cold we put him in the bed and ever since the habit stayed he is always clean so its never a prob!!As long as he doesn't lay too close its fine;I don't see the problem of letting you're dog sleep in your bed.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
3 Jul 08
My animals do not sleep with me, not dogs or cats, Our children did when they were small as do now our grandchildren and this is only when they wake or woke in the middle of the night and were scared. So not all the time even for the kids. When I was a child we had a dog who would get on the bed, crawl under the covers to the foot of the bed and sleep with me and my sister. However if we accidently kicked him in our sleep he would bite our toes or ankles "OUCH" then we started getting bug bites and welts, It was fleas bites. He also farted often and Ewwww! Finally mom made him sleep out by the living room near the stove. Dogs are great companions and pets, They can be entertaining and fun and love to be near their people, they are good watch dogs often barking when something is wrong. But sleeping with you is probably better if the dog has her own little bed with something that smells like you an old shirt or gown. Be firm. He understands and is going to be bratty until he knows you mean buisness at which for a few days he will give you reroachful eyes and sulk but let him know you still love him and in a short time he will come around.
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I have five dogs and the littlest schnauzer, Fritz and the black lab, Midnight both sleep with me...well, Fritz sleeps right up next to me (I mostly sleep on my side) and Midnight will either lay somewhere away from me or on the floor by my bed. My other three dogs sleep with my hubby. (yes we sleep separately, but that's another discussion lol) As I got each dog as a puppy, they would be cage trained for about the first 6-8 months depending on the dog. They would be in their cage whenever we weren't home or when we were asleep. Eventually, when we felt they were old enough to control their bladder and big enough, they were allowed on our beds. If I take a nap in the afternoon and hubby isn't home, I have them all with me. The one Australian Shepherd, Shiloh, prefers to sleep on the floor by the front door. I don't know why. The black lab is usually on the floor but the other three are on the bed with me. They are treated like family and are always clean and it helps me feel comforted. To each his own. :-) Char :-)
• United States
3 Jul 08
While I don't mind having a dog or cat sleeping with you in the bedroom, I'm against having the dog especially sleeping in the same bed. Now, keep in mind that the dogs my family tends to raise are 70+ pounds, so they'd take up a lot of space. But also, it's summer- I wouldn't want a big pile of warm fur next to me on the bed when I'm already hot! We give the dog his own crate/bed to sleep on if he so desires, and don't allow him on the rest of the furniture in the house. It's just easier to take care of, and easier for everyone (including the dog) to handle. After all, when the dog gets old and has trouble getting up on the bed by himself, then what would happen?
@jammyt (2824)
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
A lot of people really do that but personally, I wouldn't. One is because I'm not really fond of dogs. Second, they are still animals no matter how you treat them and no matter how "clean" they are. Even if they are potty trained, they still are not like humans who can go to the comfort room and do their thing. Of course, like I said, this is just my two cents worth. I do not have anything against those who do it.In fact I am amazed at how they can do it. And if your own parents are okay with it then its not a problem at all.
@momalisa65 (1744)
• United States
3 Jul 08
My dog sleeps on the pillow right next to me! Lol! And my cat sleeps down by my feet. I don't have any little kids anymore though. If I had a baby, the baby would probably sleep with me and I'd probably make the dog a little bed on the floor in the corner.
2 Jul 08
Hello Rzelikman, I don't have any dogs but I do have cats, sometime they sleep on my bed and I don't mind that. I have a friend who has two dogs, they are beautiful, one of them sleep with her and thinks it great, then again if you have a baby its best not to allow the dog to sleep in your bed. Tamarafireheart.
• Trinidad And Tobago
2 Jul 08
No you should not allow your dog to sleep in the same bed with you it is not healthy to have any pet slee with you dog or other wise
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
i dont think we should allow any of our pets to sleep in our beds with us. no matter how you love that pet, they should have their own sleeping place. we might not know, we might get allergies or any other illness that can be acquired from out pets. it's not advisable, specially for asthmatics and thos who have respiratory tract diseases, to stay long with pets. we know that most of these pets have furs that can become allergens. so as much as possible, let them sleep in a place of their own, not into your bed sleeping with you.
@successlog (3172)
• China
2 Jul 08
i think i don't have the habit to sleep with the little dog.and i think maybe i will press it.because i have a bad sleep habit.if this happen, i will blame myself deeply..haha..so it is better i put her into her own warm house.it is nice for her..
• United States
2 Jul 08
Dog sleeping on the floor - He never seems to mind sleeping on the floor.
My dog isn't allowed on the bed or other furniture. He's too big and I prefer to not have dog hair on everything (the cat hair is bad enough). Since we had this rule ever since we got him, it is not usually a problem and he is not upset by it. However, I feel these rules are all a matter of personal taste. Having the dog sleep in the bed is no more unhealthy than having it sit on the couch with you or you playing on the floor with it.