I can remember the first time I brought my puppy home from the breeder.
I was so excited about him!
He was a tiny little thing, only 4 pounds at birth, but he had big eyes and a big personality.
When he came into our house for the first time, we let him explore.
We didn’t want to overwhelm him right away, so we let him sniff around the house before letting him out of his crate.
After a few minutes, he started whining and running back and forth from one end of the living room to the other.
He wanted to be outside, and we knew that if we let him out, he’d just go run off again.
So, we put his leash on and took him outside.
As soon as he saw us leave, he ran back inside.
It was then that I realized that this dog needed some space.
He needed to be alone, and that’s why we sleep in separate rooms.
Dogs are social animals and need interaction with their pack (ie. you and your family).
If your dog is sleeping in another room, it may feel isolated and become anxious or stressed.
It could even lead to separation anxiety, which is common in dogs.
So, how do you get your dog used to sleeping in its own bed?
Follow these steps:
- If your dog is already accustomed to sleeping in an enclosed area, such as a crate, kennel, or play pen, try putting him in there by himself. If he seems comfortable, you can take him out to pee and poop. Then bring him back to the same spot each night.
- If you don’t have a crate, you can use a small box or basket instead. Place the box in the corner of the bedroom and place your sheets and blankets over it. Your dog will still have access to the rest of the room, but it’ll be more like camping than sleeping in a cage.
- If you’re not sure where to start with your dog, check out our guide to getting your dog used to sleeping in a crate. It has lots of tips on how to make the experience less stressful for both you and your pet.
The History of Dogs Sleeping in Our Beds
Dogs have been domesticated for over 10,000 years.
The earliest records of dogs come from ancient Egypt, where they were used to guard sheep and herd cattle.
They also helped hunters find game by following tracks.
In Medieval Europe, dogs were trained to hunt wolves.
They would follow the wolf’s scent until they found the animal.
It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that people began using dogs to help them get rid of vermin like rats and mice.
By 1875, there were more than 2 million dogs in the United States.
But in the early 1900s, many cities passed laws against keeping dogs as pets because they believed that they caused too much damage to property and attacked children.
As more and more people stopped owning dogs, dog shelters started popping up all over the country.
In 1948, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was created.
The ASPCA became an important advocate for dogs and their rights, and they fought to change public opinion about pit bulls — now known as bully breeds.
Today, most states allow dogs to sleep in your bed if they’re not aggressive.
However, if you have a small child, you should keep your dog in its own room.
If you don’t, you could risk serious injury to your child.
If your dog wants to sleep in your bed, here are a few things you should know.
The Benefits of Letting Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed
Dogs love to sleep in beds, too.
They have been doing it since they were domesticated by humans.
The earliest dogs slept in doghouses, and then later, people built them kennels where they could sleep during the day.
Today, most dogs still sleep in kennels, but many prefer to sleep in bed with their owners instead.
A study published in 2009 found that when dogs sleep in bed, they experience better moods than those who sleep in cages.
When dogs sleep in bed, they tend to be more relaxed and less aggressive.
This is because dogs bond more easily with their owners while sleeping next to them.
Another benefit of allowing your dog to sleep in your bed is that it will help you get enough rest.
It’s hard to fall asleep when your dog jumps up on you every two seconds.
But if you let him snuggle up in bed with you, you’ll likely drift off faster and more easily.
And once you’re asleep, your dog will not wake you up as often.
If you’ve ever been woken up by a barking dog, you know how annoying it can be.
It’s even worse when your dog wakes you up during the night.
Fortunately, there are several ways to deal with nighttime barking without having to keep your dog leashed up all the time.
One of the best solutions is to let your dog sleep in your bedroom.
But what happens when your dog gets sick?
Do you really want to risk getting sick yourself?
Here are some reasons why letting your dog sleep in your bed is a bad idea.
The Risks of Letting Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed
If you have a small dog, there will probably come a point when they start asking to sleep in your bed.
And while most dogs love cuddling up next to their owners, it’s not always the best idea.
Not all dogs like being cooped up in tight quarters, especially if they’re used to having plenty of room to roam around.
It could also be that they don’t understand what’s happening.
They might think that you want them to sleep with you because you’ve been giving them treats.
Dogs who live in apartments or condos often get along fine, but those who live in houses tend to suffer more.
This is because they don’t have the option of going outside to relieve themselves, which means they have to find somewhere else to do their business.
That puts them in close proximity to where they’ll eventually sleep.
There are many reasons why dogs may prefer to sleep elsewhere than in their own beds.
Here are some of the main ones.
- They’re not comfortable sharing a bedroom with humans.
- They’re scared of getting hurt or injured.
- They dislike being touched.
- They don’t like being smothered by someone’s body heat.
- They hate feeling cramped up.
- They don’t like the sound of snoring.
- They don’t like the smell of human sweat.
- They don’t like the way humans snore.
- They don’t like the fact that they’re confined to their cages during the day.
- They don’t like how much attention they get from humans.
How to Train Your Dog to Sleep In Their Own Bed
One of the most important things you can do for your dog is teach them how to sleep in their own bed.
This way, they’ll get used to being alone while you’re asleep, and they won’t wake up startled every night when you enter the bedroom.
Dogs are territorial creatures, and they don’t like being woken up by someone unfamiliar.
They also have an instinctive fear of strange noises.
So, if you put them in a different room, they’ll likely start barking and growling at the slightest noise.
If you’ve ever seen a YouTube video showing a dog training its owner, chances are good that the dog has been trained to sleep in the same room as its owner.
But what happens when the owner goes to work?
Or goes camping?
Or takes a trip out of town?
Training your dog to sleep in their own bed will help them cope better when you’re not there.
It can also give you peace of mind knowing that you’ll never have to worry about your dog waking you up unexpectedly.
The same goes for dogs.
They need some room to themselves, too.
Many people don’t understand how much time and energy dogs expend in order to keep up with their human pack.
It’s not enough to just give them food and water.
You have to provide them with mental stimulation, too.
Dogs love to play, and they need to do it with their own kind.
This means that when you bring your dog home, they need to be able to get away from you sometimes.
This doesn’t mean that your dog needs to sleep in a cage.
That would be cruel.
But it does mean that they need some space to themselves, and that’s where our next topic comes in.