Is it true that no matter how hard you try, your dog constantly wants to sleep with you? Many pet parents ask, ‘why does my dog want to sleep with me when I brought them a perfect bed’. Well hopefully, this article will answer some of your questions.
Here Are 8 Reasons Why Your Dog Wants To Sleep With You
If your dog wants to sleep with you all the time, there are some good reasons why they want to do it. Here are some of them listed below:
1. Normal Pack Behaviour
If you notice puppies in a litter, they sleep together. Also at home, if you have more than one dog at home, and they share a strong bond, they will often be sleeping together.
Sleeping together comes naturally to them so they can’t understand why they have to sleep away from you at night.
2. They Protect And Feel Protected
One of the reasons why they like to sleep together is because it’s safe. If there’s an intruder, they can protect you.
On the flip side, having you by their side makes them feel protected as well.
3. They Stay Warm
Dogs like to conserve their heat so, unless it’s really hot, they like to snuggle up with you. When they sleep alone on their own bed, they don’t have anyone else to keep them warm. This is probably why they prefer to sleep with you on your bed.
4. The Big Bed Is Comfy
Dogs like to stretch out as they sleep and sometimes doggy beds are too small for them to have a sound sleep. So they prefer to stretch out on your bed and get a sound sleep.
5. They Feel Anxious Without You
This is quite common in fearful or anxious dogs who lack confidence. They like to follow you everywhere you go. Sleeping is just one of the many things they like to do with you. It makes them feel less scared and anxious.
6. All The Interesting Smells
You sleep on the bed and they sleep on the bed. Naturally, the bed smells much more familiar to them than their own bed.
7. You Never Taught Them How To Sleep On Their Own Bed
This is a very common mistake done by novice pet parents. You buy them a bed and expect them to fall in love with it.
Though it is true sometimes, most dogs need to learn that this is where they should start sleeping from now on. They can learn that with proper training.
8. They Love You A Lot!
Finally, it boils down to one thing – they love you so much that they want to spend time with you at every chance they get.
Dogs sleep with those they trust, and they trust those they love. So, in a way, it’s kind of like a compliment.
Should You Let Them Sleep On The Bed?
If you are okay with it, there is no reason for them to not get on the bed. But there are some things you need to keep in mind if you are sharing a bed with your pooch.
Dogs get into nasty things and you don’t want all that nastiness to come on your bed. Make sure to deworm and vaccinate them on time and that they are clean when they are on your bed.
Secondly, pay close attention to your quality of sleep. Some people sleep really well with their pooch in bed with them, while others have a lot of trouble sleeping in the same bed. So, be mindful and make changes if you feel that sleeping with your pet is affecting your sleep.
Dogs with anxiety and trauma issues should also have their own beds. This may sound cruel but sleeping alone creates a sense of independence which will help them build their confidence in the long run.
Other reasons for not wanting them on the bed is really just a personal choice. Some people don’t like to do extra laundry and clean the blankets and bed covers often.
How To Get Your Dog To Like Their Bed?
For most dogs getting them to sleep on their own bed will require a bit of training, especially for the first few days.
Some people allow their dogs on the bed during the day time but strictly turn their bed to a no dog zone at night. You can train your dog to do anything you want as long as you are consistent. Don’t send them mixed signals.
1. Find A Bed They Will Like
We would suggest buying a slightly larger bed to make sure your dog has enough stretching space. Also, make sure their bed is cosy.
2. Start Place Training
If you’ve taught your dog to go to their matt, you will know what place training is. Direct them to their bed and when they touch the bed with their paw or sit in the bed, reward them with praise and treats.
Never ask them to go to their bed for a time out. If you use their bed as a punishment spot, they are going to resent it and will never sleep in their bed.
3. Teach Them To Settle
Spend some time next to them before going to bed, you can treat them or praise them when they settle down and gradually reduce the praise.
Remember that you should praise in hushed tones. You can also train your dogs to settle on the queue if you can keep your tone hushed.
4. Being Consistent
Now, this may be the hardest part of the training. It is to get them to stay in their bed and not come on yours. They may try to sneak in when you are sleeping and initially you might have to get up many times to take them off the bed.
Eventually, they will learn and they will finally get accustomed to their own bed.
We hope this article was helpful to you. Do you let your dog sleep in your bed? Or do they have their own bed? Tell us in the comment section below.