Where Should Your Dog Sleep?

Adult dogs spend about 12 hours a day sleeping. This means they sleep half of their life! That's why choosing the best spot for your pup's naps it's one of your duty as a dog parent. 

2 February 2018

Sarah

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Where should your dog sleep? To ensure the well-being of your dog, it’s very important to find good answers to this question. Adult dogs, in fact, spend about 12 hours a day sleeping. This means they sleep half of their life! That’s why choosing the best spot for your pup’s naps is one of your duties as a dog parent.

But…where should your dog sleep?

There is no real right or wrong answer. Just like humans, dogs are different. Some may feel more comfortable in a crate next to your bed, while others prefer to sleep on a blanket in the living room. Based on: age, life-style, and personality, the best sleep solutions may vary. Let’s have a look at the needs of puppies and adult dogs separately!

About Puppies

Puppies see dog parents as role models. That’s why they need firm directions in order to grow up as disciplined dogs. Puppies are full of energy…that burns out quickly. That’s why it’s common that puppies pass out asleep after just some minutes of playing! If you own a puppy, you should think about gradually changing his sleeping spot as he grows. How? Try to follow these tips:

  • Avoid leaving your puppy in a separate room
  • Allow your puppy to sleep next to you, ideally in a crate
  • Gradually get your puppy into the habit of sleeping somewhere else in the house

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Adult dogs

An adult dog that someone has had for a while is a different story! An adult dog that does not destroy things and is potty trained, can be allowed freedom of the house at night (or at least freedom of the rooms you approve for sleeping). This means you can easily place a crate or dog bed anywhere in the house and let your dog decide where he/she feels more comfortable. Some dogs may choose to sleep in another room entirely, even if you keep your bedroom door open. Others may stay as close to you as possible. Usually due to temperature changes, some dogs will choose on the cold floor of the bathroom or by the entrance. Dogs allowed on the furniture may gravitate to the couch at night.

Should I allow my dog to sleep in my bed?

Some people never allow their dog on the bed, while others love to snuggle with their pup right next to them, even under the covers. And both solutions are fine. If everybody who uses the bed is comfortable and safe, there is no problem just because one (or more) of you happens to be a dog. Letting Goldie share the bed with you will not make her “dominant” or create behavior problems that don’t already exist. It will make your bed hairy and smelly, but if that doesn’t bother you, then it’s fine.

Pros

Cons

  • Less likely to develop separation anxiety
  • Less likely to be scared by lights from passing cars or thunderstorms
  • More protection against cold weather
  • Bonding with dog parent and vice versa
  • Chances of your dog troubling your sleep
  • Your furry friend could fall off the bed and injure himself
  • Your dog could bring zoonotic diseases/parasites into the bedroom

What is comfortable for you?

Where should your dog sleep? Choosing where to have your dog sleep is ultimately up to you. It is best for puppies to be crated, but once they are old enough and well-trained enough, you can place them anywhere in the house. As long as your dog doesn’t disrupt your sleep or doesn’t get into any trouble around the house, there really aren’t any wrong choices. The choice also depends on your dog. All dogs are different and they have different needs. If your dog gets into trouble at night it might be best to keep him in the bedroom or crate. With these things in mind, you and your dog will be all set for a good night’s sleep!


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4 Comments
  1. […] It’s healthy for them to separate themselves for a little bit. The same goes for their bed and sleeping area. Place it in an area of the house that’s quiet and made for the dog to rest and relax. They’ll […]

  2. Renze of Dog Life Store

    There’s a lot to consider to where you want to let your dog sleep. It is up to you but dogs like to sleep beside their owners. It also depends on their behavior if you let them sleep inside your house or not. It’s a great article. It’s very detailed and can help a lot.

    • Laura
      Laura

      Hi Christine,

      Thanks for reading the Tractive Blog and for your comment.
      Best,

      Laura

  3. Dave

    Personally I don’t see anything wrong with having a dog in the bedroom as long as it is parasite free and clean, otherwise it really has no place in the bedroom, especially if like me you’ve got allergies to pet dander. There’s nothing worse than getting a bad night’s sleep, so I guess everyone has to make a judgement call based on the dog’s temperament .