Why Sleeping With Your Dog is Good for You
No doubt one of the big reasons people own pets and especially dogs is because they love having a big furry friend that they can give hugs to, play with and then relax into an evening of cuddling. Many people with depression or anxiety, even insomnia- may find real benefits of sleeping with their dog in the bed with them.
Is it dirty? That depends on how dirty your dog is, really. And your own personal spectrum of cleanliness. I myself enjoy camping and the great outdoors so sleeping clean or dirty is always an option for me. Especially when there’s my furry best friend involved.
My dog loves sleeping in the same room with me, and balances out time on the bed with going to what I call his “hound hole”, which is inside his crate where a comfy dark lair of blankets awaits him. My dog enjoys waking me up in the morning by flopping right down next to me in bed, and getting some cuddles in before laying down the guilt trip of “why have you not taken me for my morning walk yet?”.
When Sleeping with your Dog is Bad for You
Sometimes sleeping with your dog can be bad for you. When the dog gets too big for the bed or forces you into awkward sleeping positions, you can opt to get the dog his own bed floor-side near your bed, so that you both still have togetherness without encroaching on each other’s vital sleep space.
The feeling of security that you get sleeping next to your dog is also a comfort that people seek. However, sometimes your dog can be an excessively alert type and be given to common dog behavioral problems and issues of whining and barking, which can also be a problem for your neighbors and fellow tenants.
Still, for the most part people and studies report that even sleeping in the same room, if not in the same bed, can produce greater levels of comfort and good feelings when going to sleep with their dog.
Why Sleeping with your Dog is Best!
It would be awfully selfish and shortsighted to only consider ourselves. And it’s also why sleeping with your dog in the same room is really good for your dog too. Many people find that if they try to leave their dog alone or in a separate closed off room at night, their dogs will experience separation anxiety and start to feel disoriented and confused, even panic a little. Your dog views itself as an important part of your life and family unit, so it expects to have equal housing status when the lights go down.
Allowing your dog to sleep near you not only increases the real and perceived safety of your dog, it can be the cure for your dog whining or barking at night and his separation anxiety.