Did you know that just slightly less than one half of all pet owners share their bed or bedroom with their pet?
The research was published in the journal Human Natureby Smith et al. entitled “A Multispaces Approach to Co-Sleeping: Integrating Human-Animal Co-Sleeping Practices into Our Understanding of Human Sleep”
Aboriginal Australians slept beside their dogs for warmth and protection from evil spirits. Modern opinion tends to focus on the negative aspects of co-sleeping rather than the benefits but what are the pros and cons of letting your dog sleep on your bed?
Calming – Dogs have a calming effect on people around them and can provide relief from stress and anxiety. They can boost your mood and be a relaxing presence when near you.
Comfort – If you sleep alone, dogs can provide comfort during the night. Dogs are well known for helping people with loneliness and depression and just having a dog sleep with you can help to alleviate these feelings.
Bonding – Sharing your bed is a good way to bond with your dog.
Warmth – Dogs can be warm and cosy and just having their warmth can help you get to sleep easier and have a better sleep.
Light Sleeper – If you are a slight sleeper your dog will probably disturb your sleep because they scratch and sniff and move around a lot to get comfortable.
Snoring – Some dogs can snore loud enough to keep you awake at night.
Partner – We probably don’t have to go into detail here but having a dog sleeping with you and your partner will could your relationship.
House Trained – If your dog isn’t completely house trained then sleeping with them is not a good idea as it could get messy!
Health – If you have a low immune system you probably shouldn’t let your dog sleep in your bed. Human allergies can be aggravated too.
Behaviour/Aggression Issues – If your dog has any of these issues then letting them sleep with you can be counterproductive when you are trying to correct their behaviour. You wouldn’t want them to think you are rewarding their bad behaviour or aggression.