Once upon a time, Gatsby, a handsome golden retriever, awoke during a cold winter’s night and thought his Momma’s bed looked rather enticing. He climbed up, snuggled in and carefully tried not to wake his Momma. Of course, she awoke with a fright in the morning when she saw this furry creature on the pillow beside her. But once she realized it was her best buddy, a smile crossed her face and she couldn’t imagine a better way to start her day!

Sound familiar?

“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed and she’s still there!” exclaimed Baby bear.

-Goldilocks and the Three Bears

A common concern all of us doggy Mommas have is whether or not it’s appropriate to let our pups sleep in our beds. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association revealed that nearly half of all pet parents allow their pets to sleep with them at night. Clearly it’s a common practice but is it healthy for you and your dog?

For starters, some dogs can disrupt your sleep and it’s super important that all you Mommas get 7-9 hours per night. After all, sleep deprivation can greatly affect your health, mood, weight, immunity and brain function. Thus, if having your furry baby sleep in bed with you is a nuisance (he kicks and snores!), you might want to consider making him keep his four paws on the floor. Further, if your pup aggravates your allergies or asthma his place is not in your bed. And of course, if your pup interferes in your relationship with your significant other…enough said. 🙂

However, there are many benefits to having your pup in your bed. Dogs help us relax the day’s stress away. Some owners even find that the rhythmic breathing of their pups can help them fall asleep. Furthermore, women who live alone may feel safer having a companion in their beds, promoting feelings of relaxation, calm and trust. Not to mention your dog’s body temperature is three to six degrees higher than yours so they make for a great electric blanket!

Bottom line, it’s your choice, pure and simple. Let’s be honest it makes your pal happy to be close to you and if you feel the same way then go for it. But if you’re going to let your dog sleep in your bed, use this advice from the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan to curtail dominance issues. Do not allow your pup to jump into your bed whenever she wants, instead invite her up, and then choose the portion of the bed where she sleeps.

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