Here are 5 reasons why your dog should not sleep with you

Letting your dog sleep in your bed may actually be bad for you, unfortunately.

Many dogs have sleep habits that can interrupt your sleep cycle, which can cause you to be grumpy the next morning, lower your immune responses and impact your health in other ways.

Blurring the lines

Experience tells us that if you are letting your dog sleeping with you at your bed can make him believe that he is the “boss”.Maybe dogs are a man’s best friends , but man is a dog’s dominant master. It has to be that way or we’ll give them an ilussion of controll on us if they are sleeping in our bed. If we didn’t take on the dominant role, then we’d be the ones with collars around our necks,  dogs need to know that we are the leader of the pack (just like children need parents who act like parents). By letting them sleep in your bed, you’re telling them that they are equals. That this space is as much theirs as it is yours. This could lead to other dominance issues such as rushing ahead of you to get to other rooms, ignoring your commands, and flat-out challenging your role as pack leader. You cherish sleep, and your bed. So does your dog. Don’t share your sacred space with him.

When you aren’t at home

Once you invite your dog into your bed, you’ve invited him into your bed whether you’re in it or not. If you go to work and leave your room open, you can be certain that your dog will be in your bed. Here’s the problem, some dogs like to chew every now and then. Your pillow or blanket could become the victim. Other dogs unintentionally tear sheets or rip up stitching during the normal process of shuffling around. Your bed could possibly be in mess within weeks if you let your dog sleep in it.

Your dog can make an accident in your bed.

Even house trained dogs have an accident or two. An accident or mess on the floor is one thing. But, on your bed? No thanks. Yes, it’s rare, if your dog is trained, but it happens. Eliminate the potential of it happening where you sleep by making your bed off limits.

Dogs shed. Do you sleep with your shoes on at your bed?

Well, dogs do. Even if you cover your bed with a blanket dog hair makes its way into your bed.  Dogs also track dirt, feces and more from their paws. And everything they walked on throughout the day will make it onto your bed. We’re sure you don’t want that.

Dogs get fleas, ticks, parasites, diseases and … pets carry allergens. Whether or not you’re actually allergic to pet dander, you pup goes outside to go to the bathroom, get exercise and generally just have fun. And while he’s out there, he’s exposed to a number of things youcould be allergic too, not the least of which is pollen, which will stick in his fur, which he subsequently brings to the bed, which could aggravate your symptoms.

No matter how well we take care of our dogs, they’re dogs, so they pick up some unsightly friends along the way. Fleas, ticks, mites, parasites, and more all have the potential of making their way onto your dog (and into your bed). This is more than an inconvenience. It’s a hazard to your health. This is the number one reason why vets will recommend you not let your dog sleep in your bed.

Remember this: If your dog has been sleeping in your bed, it can be difficult to get him to accept new sleeping arrangements unless he’s suddenly developed a bit of arthritis that prevents him from moving on and off the bed comfortably. We recommend bringing in a professional trainer to help you through what is sure to be a difficult transition.