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Sharing A Bed With Your Dog?

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When my dog was a puppy, he learned to spend the night in his kennel for the purpose of house breaking. Once this was accomplished, he started to spend time with my son on the bed and when my son isn't home, I just allow him to choose where he wants to sleep. He often opted for the couch in the living room.

Do you share your bed with your dog?
 
I do, yes :) I have a thick extra blanket in the upper corner of the bed that's laid out as his bed, I leave my door open and he knows to nap on that spot of the bed whenever he wants. He also sleeps on the upper parts of the couches and on any fresh laundry we forget about -_-
 
I don't do it now, but a while back I had a dog who I didn't sleep with at first. Then I went through a very traumatic breakup with my boyfriend and I would cry and cry day after day. My dog would often come find me (in the bed) crying and snuggle in next to me. Since I would often just fall asleep crying and cuddling with my sweet dog, it became something we both got used to.
 
Yes, I do. I find it hard to sleep unless he is curled up with me in bed. Now that I have two dogs, my other one sleeps at the end of the bed or up against my back. It is comforting to have them there with me and I get a great night's sleep. Although I am not sure how much longer that is going to happen since she is getting bigger and is not done growing yet. But, we shall see.
 
In my family, a dog's place was always outside of the house, so the idea of having a dog sleep in a bed in the house is kind of foreign to us. I wonder if it is a healthy thing to do. Our dogs would always sleep in their kennel outside, so they would still be protected from the elements, like rain, for instance. What about when nature calls, where would the dog go since the house would be all locked up and everything? Well I suppose that those who keep their dogs in the house at night would make provision for that. However, we have had cats who would sleep anywhere. They would either curl up on the couch in the drawing room and sleep, or they would lay at the bottom of the bed and sleep. So I am more used to a cat doing that than a dog.
 
My middle son has asthma. I do not allow pets in bed or on furniture for that reason. My dog has a very comfortable bed of his own and with his short little legs it's hard for him to jump up in bed anyway.
 
In my family, a dog's place was always outside of the house, so the idea of having a dog sleep in a bed in the house is kind of foreign to us. I wonder if it is a healthy thing to do. Our dogs would always sleep in their kennel outside, so they would still be protected from the elements, like rain, for instance. What about when nature calls, where would the dog go since the house would be all locked up and everything? Well I suppose that those who keep their dogs in the house at night would make provision for that. However, we have had cats who would sleep anywhere. They would either curl up on the couch in the drawing room and sleep, or they would lay at the bottom of the bed and sleep. So I am more used to a cat doing that than a dog.
I don't know about other dog owners, but with my family, the dogs wake us up when they need to go outside. We just have to get up and then let them out and wait for them to come back in. After that, it's back to bed.

When we got our first dog, Daisy (bichon frise), we made her sleep in a kennel at first. After that, she has slept in my parents' bed ever since, though she switches beds from time to time. Now when we got out second dog, Lily (also a bichon), she slept in beds immediately. We got her from another owner, though, and not from a breeder, so Lily was a year when we first got her but Daisy was only eight weeks old.
 
Well I have had this discussion with many people many different times and I feel like I have never really came across any sort of answer. I have always thought it was al little weird and I might be confused if it was something that happened every night, but my dogs do come into my bed for a little bit sometimes but only for a little bit. They are too wild for me to let them stay there. I guess if my circumstances were a bit different though it might be a different story.
 
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In my family, a dog's place was always outside of the house, so the idea of having a dog sleep in a bed in the house is kind of foreign to us. I wonder if it is a healthy thing to do. Our dogs would always sleep in their kennel outside, so they would still be protected from the elements, like rain, for instance. What about when nature calls, where would the dog go since the house would be all locked up and everything? Well I suppose that those who keep their dogs in the house at night would make provision for that. However, we have had cats who would sleep anywhere. They would either curl up on the couch in the drawing room and sleep, or they would lay at the bottom of the bed and sleep. So I am more used to a cat doing that than a dog.
My dog is trained NOT to go out at night when nature calls! He can hold until the morning when we let him out. He hasn't soiled the house since we brought him home almost two years ago. I left my bedroom door opens but he rather sleeps on the couch but with my sons, he sleeps with them throughout the night.

@rz3300 I suppose it is depending on the dog owner if it is something he/she is comfortable doing or not. In my household, when my sons go to bed, he will choose one of them and goes with them to sleep. It is an occurrence nightly and it works out for us. If one of the boys is sick though, I prefer Capone sleeps in his kennel and vice versa.
 
@IceFirefly How big is your dog? My two dogs are small, so we pretty much have to let them out at night. Maybe this is a dog size thing. I remember when we first got Daisy, we had to let her out several times per night since she was so small.
 
I am not comfortable with a dog sleeping in my bed. It's okay for him to be in and around the house is. However, there is the doghouse outside which provides adequate protection from the weather, so that's where he will have to sleep.
 
I am a neat freak, and like my bed neat with no extra fur anywhere else is game for my baby. He is not allowed on furniture because I was raised that way. I restrict them from the bedroom for various reasons like. Everyone has their preferences, though, so nothing wrong with it.
 
My dog is not allowed on my bed. Years ago I use to catch him on the bed sleeping and I quickly corrected him. Now he knows better and he doesn't do it anymore. The only time he jumps on my bed is when lighting strikes and he is deathly afraid of it. He jumps in bed with me because he is afraid.
 
Am thinking, if I happen to sleep with my dog, I might end up squashing him and I am not ready for claw-and-bite marks on my face and body. I tend to be a 'free-style artist' when sleeping and that will cause problems for my pet, plus who is going to remove the fur from the bed afterwards?
 
Of all the dogs I've had and encountered, I can't say I've ever had one that wanted to sleep in the bed with me. Probably because I move around a lot when I sleep. I think its a great thing, though, if you and your pet(s) are comfortable snoozing together.
My grandparents used to allow their chihuahuas up by the pillows at night so the dogs could immediately let them know when they had to go outside. Small dogs, small bladder. I remember them grumbling in the morning about how they shouldn't have let the dogs drink water before bedtime.
 

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I absolutely shared my bed with my dogs! I wouldn't have it any other way. They are my protectors, companions, healers and child-figures. I haven't crate-trained a puppy yet, but I see relatives having success with that. One even placed the crate on their king-size bed at night, since they lived alone and had the room to do so for the sake of their puppy. When I'm ill or injured, my dogs have always been there beside me, sharing their compassion to help me get well. When winter has been extremely cold and we've had to snuggle near a heater or in a pair of zero-degree sleeping bags zipped together to stay warm, my dogs have been by my side, sharing body heat and blankets. It's never been a question. My family views dogs as family. Our beds are theirs, too.
 
Of all the dogs I've had and encountered, I can't say I've ever had one that wanted to sleep in the bed with me. Probably because I move around a lot when I sleep. I think its a great thing, though, if you and your pet(s) are comfortable snoozing together.
My grandparents used to allow their chihuahuas up by the pillows at night so the dogs could immediately let them know when they had to go outside. Small dogs, small bladder. I remember them grumbling in the morning about how they shouldn't have let the dogs drink water before bedtime.
I was thrilled by your post as your answer is the same as mine. Dogs will occasionally lay on my bed with me. Throughout the years I noticed that I never wake up with a dog on my bed. Apparently dogs are not very happy with humans who move around a lot.

Sometimes I wish they would stay beside me and keep me warm. My girlfriend often talks about how warm they keep her.

On the other hand, there is much more upkeep as far as bedding her way.
 
If our peachy is recently groomed and clean I have no problem cuddling with her. But if she has been playing outside and looks dirty she is not allowed on the bed. But I do not allow her near the kids. I heard kids can become allergic to hair shedding of hair.
 
Both my dogs come to bed with me and will lie on the bedroom floor until I fall asleep, after that they tend to sleep in their own bed except when its winter and very cold, during those times they will sleep near my feet and the added warmth is much appreciated. When I first got them I tried on the first night to leave them shut downstairs but after half an hour of howling, and a complaint from my neighbour I soon gave up on that idea.
 
Pup is currently all curled up in the corner snoring away :) I've seen a lot of people say they don't like their dogs because of the hair, he stays brushed all the time and is such a respectful sleeper in his own space...I don't need that corner of the bed, I'm single again ;) I had allergies to him a bit but exposing myself has made me immune. He's quite appreciative :D