According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 79 percent of pet owners allow pets to share beds with their human family members and 42 percent of that is dog owners. It shows the popularity of the practice. Passionate pooch owners tend to fall privy to their puppies’ relentless begging of allowing them to sleep on their beds. Besides, for those who lack companionship in their lives, dogs serve as a security blanket; thus it may be so obvious why so many dog lovers have their canines sleep on their beds.
When it comes to sharing the bed with your furry counterparts, there are both pros and cons to consider and it is wise to be aware to those important issues below.
Within a day, we spend most time away from our home with work and other occupations, and our pets have numerous hours playing alone. Therefore, normally many dog owners wish to at least spend the nights snuggling their canine partners.
Generally, dogs help us relax. The soothing presence of a sleeping dog can help people who suffer from insomnia or someone who has an anxious personality to fall asleep quicker that it lulls them to sleep. There has been scientific evidence to suggest that the peaceful waves emitted by your loved canines can have influence on your brain for the good because even in sleep, brains subconsciously interact. Also, dogs serve as highly efficient, non-electric blankets and how enjoyable it can be to cuddle a warm and fluffy pet on a cold winter night!
Sleeping with our dogs may be a kind of medical treatment and offer comfort, especially if you live by yourself as they provide a sense of security and make us feel safer or calmer in bed. For adults who are afraid of intruders, a dog provides a sense of security and that for children from being scare of the dark. Speaking of the feelings of safety and calm, a cuddle increases the levels of oxytocin in our bodies, thus raises the feelings of relaxations, trust and psychological stability. There is also scientific evidence to suggest that the peaceful waves emitted by your loved canines can have influence on your brain for the good because even in sleep, brains subconsciously interact.
When it comes to your furry BFF, there are benefits for them when sharing sleep with owners. Allowing canines to sleep with us on the bed has contributed to him feeling loved, secured and made him happier.
Disadvantages and what you can do
Unfortunately, sleeping with pets can disturb sleep, cause behavior problems and even generate health issues.
To start with, your sleep cycle may be disturbed if your puppy do all the tossing, turning and snoring during nights or they could smell bad. The loss of quality sleep will not only cause you to be cranky the next morning but lower your immune responses and impact your mental and physical health one or another way. On the flip side, disturbed sleep and restless nights are studied to happen to your dog too. You may not notice and be surprised that you might toss and turn throughout the night more than your pup would like. So you should let your dog stay on the floor while you are in bed for at least 10 minutes then invite him into bed and lay him lay calm at the foot or side of the bed. Let your dog know that the bed is not a place where he can toss and turn, play or even chew his bone by getting him off the bed when he insists on jumping on it.
Secondly, sleeping in the same bed may complicate dominance or aggression. It is said by conventional wisdom that having your dog sleeping with you can cause them to believe they are the alpha and even give them the illusion they are in control as when in bed, dogs, especially big dogs think they are taller than you. More than that, some aggressive behaviors can be aggravated like guarding the wife by growling when the husbands enters the bed. That’s why you’d better have your “pack” relationship established properly by educating your pet that sleeping with you is not a right but a privilege or a reward that when you say “off” they must vacate. If you canines keeps asking for attention or making noise, they should be punished by having to leave the bed or the bed room. Sleeping together is a perfect way to bond with your dogs but don’t forget the necessary rules, boundaries and limitations.
However, the cons mostly relates to disease, dirt and fleas because germs and parasites can be picked up and brought into your bed by your loved puppy. People who counteract the positivity of dogs and owners sleeping together in the same bed worry about parasites such as fleas and ticks or health risks. It may be very dangerous if you have young children that their immune systems have not development completely yet. The best advices are make sure your pets are treated against fleas and ticks to prevent them from invading in your bedroom, then limit dead fur by regular washing your sheets and especially checking your puppies for parasites. Apart from considering using preventative medicine for these parasites, keeping your pets well-groomed will prevent those problems from occurring in their fur and make all the difference. You can check some dog grooming clippers on this post from PetUpon to find out the right one for your friends.