Why my dog doesn’t sleep in my bed

Hello dog lovers! How are you? Welcome back to another installment of our blog. This month we are talking about sleeping arrangements with our pets and some of the reasons I don’t let my dog sleep in my bed at night.

Lyme disease

Definition Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium which is spread by ticks.

Lyme disease is carried and spread by ticks, a small, round parasite that latch onto other animals and suck their blood to survive. They target our dogs, livestock, wildlife and other animals across the world. There are 800 different species across the globe but this little nasty is the one you’re most likely to see in the UK.

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Lyme disease can affect people, the symptoms of which in some cases can be life-long and debilitating. While there are lots of brilliant flea and tick treatments for dogs and cats on the market, they only work if either critter bites your dog first. The treatment in your pet’s bloodstream attacks the nervous system of the parasites and kills them off. But that doesn’t stop them being carried into your home and potentially digging their fangs into something else – or someone!

In my opinion it’s one of many serious reasons to keep pets contained in their own specially made, comfortable sleeping area at night.

I love sleep

I don’t know about anyone else and without the right amount of good quality Zs my concentration and energy levels really suffer.

Closeup Photography of Adult Short-coated Tan and White Dog Sleeping on Gray Textile at Daytime

Chronic sleep deficiency can cause people serious health problems long term such as fertility, diabetes and mental health issues to name a few. Sharing a bed with pets can cause you to wake numerous times in a single night. If you’re a light sleeper or feeling deprived, it could be time to move your pet out of the bedroom.

I want my dog to be a confident adult

Believe it or not there are proven behavioural benefits to dogs sleeping solo. Although dog packs would naturally sleep together, many of us need our pets to have the skill to be happy on their own while we pop out.

Sleeping in a separate room at night teaches dogs to settle without you, the benefits of which are huge. A confident dog lowers the chances of separation anxiety developing and can help them settle in new places (like when they stay with a dog sitter). Bedroom sleeping can create a neediness or anxiety in dogs that can become difficult to live with down the line.

Gray and White Wolf

Freak attacks

I trust my dog more than most people. I think we all do. But there are still cases where dogs become unwell, frightened, disoriented or confused and lash out at the nearest thing – and it can be their owners. Although highly unlikely, this is something I have seen personally – a dog I cared for snapped at me during a boarding holiday. I told his owners, and I blamed myself. He was a great dog and I assumed I had spooked him or done something wrong (although I couldn’t think what). As it turns out, I hadn’t misjudged anything. Just 3 weeks later he was put down after a second, massive brain aneurysm caused him to fiercely attack his owners.

It was a horrific attack and we were all devastated for many months afterwards – shocked and confused that a dog we loved and trusted 100% could be overcome by a freak condition that changed him. Fortunately this dog did not sleep in bed with his humans and they thank their lucky stars it wasn’t a worse outcome for their family’s safety. Health and safety is always worth considering when we are vulnerable at night.

Black and White French Bulldog Puppy Stepping on Brown Wood Board Panel Close-up Photography

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Last but by no means least – vomiting and diarrhea (yippee!) Okay, hands up – who has had to clean up a massacre of an explosion after their dog ate something they probably shouldn’t have, or contracted a sickly bug? It’s totally grim. If you are yet to experience this utter joy, you may want to consider placing your little poppet in the kitchen at night. Moppable floors are heavent-sent.

Woman Holding Mop

The exception

Okay, so I’m not a total monster. Obviously my dog gets to sit on my bed now and again – usually on a Sunday morning while I drink a cup of tea and gaze out of the window dreaming up fresh walking routes (sometimes via the bakery, yum yum). It’s great to have a little cuddle before starting the day and he seems to know it’s a little treat for the both of us to enjoy. Sharing these moments together and spoiling our pets is a big part of our lives together, but I know for my boy’s sake, I want both of us to be safe and stress-free as much as possible. This balance has worked really well for us, what about you?

 

Why my dog doesn’t sleep in my bed

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