Sleeping together with your dog in the same bed is a demonstration of love that can help strengthen your bond. About 50% of dog owners let their furry friends hop into bed with them. But, is it really a good idea? It can be a positive habit for both you and your dog, if you make some general considerations.
It is very important to maintain proper hygiene of the dog, especially when it comes in from the outside. If you don’t, it may not be the only visitor to your bed (gross!). Dirt, bugs, and parasites might also be present, so regular brushing and bathing are a must. Also be sure to clean your pup’s paws after going outside, and once before bedtime.
People who sleep with their dogs report a decrease in depression, anxiety, loneliness, and insomnia. And that’s a good thing! Snuggling with your pup releases a good enzyme hormone called oxytocin, which causes a sense of calm, relaxation, and security.