Where Should Your Dog Sleep?

Doggie dreams made easy with the perfect spot for your dog to sleep. But how can you find that special spot?

13 November 2018

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Where should your dog sleep? To ensure the well-being of your dog, it’s very important to find a good answer to this question. 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. The best sleeping solutions may vary, based on:

  • Age
  • Lifestyle
  • Personality

Let’s have a look at the needs of puppies and adult dogs separately.

Puppies and their sleeping needs

Puppies see their 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

Leaving your puppy alone at night or during sleeping time could be dangerous.

Puppies may feel lonely and in need of company.

But if you own a puppy, active time can be dangerous too! This is especially true for the first months in their new habitat. There may be times when your puppy gets distracted and runs away.

Good to know: Noises, other dogs, and smells are perfect to set your puppy off on an adventure!

For all these circumstances, you can take precautions and get your puppy a Tractive GPS to see his location in real-time.

Adult dogs and sleeping needs

An adult dog that someone has had for a while is a different story. Mostly they don’t destroy things and are potty trained. That means that you can allow them more freedom within the house, including at night (or at least freedom in the rooms you approve for sleeping). So don’t hesitate to place a crate or dog bed anywhere in the house and let your dog decide where he feels more comfortable.

Adult dogs, in fact, spend about 17 hours a day sleeping. This means they sleep half of their life!

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 to lie 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 will never allow dogs to sleep in their room, while others love to snuggle with their pup right next to them in bed. 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.

ProsCons
  • 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

Top tips for a comfortable sleeping choice

Choosing where to have your dog sleep is ultimately up to you, but here are some more points to consider:

  • It is best for puppies to be crated, but once they are old enough and well-trained, 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.
  • Most dogs prefer to lie next to you and they would also sleep there, if they could choose. This only shows how much they enjoy your presence and it’s also a sign that your dog trusts you!

Relaxing music playlist for dogs to fall easily asleep

If you want to calm your dog down or your fluffy friend has problems falling asleep, turn this video on and he will fall asleep in a couple of minutes:

With these things in mind, you and your dog are 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 .