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Why you shouldn’t let your dog on your bed?

Here are some quick answers to common questions about letting dogs sleep in your bed:

Is it OK to let my dog sleep in my bed?

While some pet owners enjoy snuggling with their dogs at night, there are several reasons why it may be better not to let your dog sleep in your bed. Dogs can disrupt sleep patterns, carry dirt and germs into bed, trigger allergies, and even display possessive behaviors over the bed.

What are the cons of letting dogs on the bed?

  • Disrupted sleep – Dogs may wake you up by moving around or needing to go outside.
  • Germs – Dogs can track in dirt, germs, and parasites from outside.
  • Allergens – Dogs shed hair and dander which can aggravate allergies.
  • Possessiveness – Dogs may become protective or aggressive over their space on the bed.
  • Behavior issues – Allowing dogs on furniture can lead to other behavioral problems.

What are the pros of letting dogs on the bed?

  • Bonding – Sharing the bed can increase bonding with your dog.
  • Security – Some dogs provide a sense of safety and comfort to their owners.
  • Warmth – Dogs can help keep your feet warm on cold nights.
  • Closeness – For some owners, having their dog close at night provides a sense of companionship.

How can I train my dog to sleep in their own bed?

Here are some tips for training your dog to sleep in their own bed:

  • Place dog bed in your bedroom so they still feel included.
  • Have designated dog-allowed furniture and be consistent.
  • Reward with treats when they use their own bed.
  • Use commands like “off” or “get down” when they try to jump on your bed.
  • Ignore attention-seeking behaviors at bedtime.
  • Consider crate training to establish their own sleeping space.

When should dogs be allowed on beds?

It’s best to keep dogs off beds most of the time. Exceptions could be made for the following scenarios:

  • Elderly, arthritic, or disabled dogs who need a softer surface.
  • Small dogs who can’t easily jump on/off the bed.
  • Dogs with separation anxiety or fear issues that benefit from closeness.
  • Sick dogs who need monitoring or soothing.
  • During the day when bed isn’t in use for sleeping.

What are the biggest risks of dogs on beds?

The biggest risks of allowing dog beds include:

  • Parasites – fleas, ticks, mites and internal parasites can be transmitted to humans.
  • Allergens – dander can collect in bedding and exacerbate allergies.
  • Bacteria/viruses – dogs may spread germs like E. coli, Giardia, Salmonella, and Staph to humans.
  • Disrupted sleep – dogs moving around, snoring, etc. can impair sleep quality.
  • Protectiveness – dogs may show aggression if they view the bed as their territory.

How can I keep my bed clean with a dog?

Strategies to keep your bed clean with dogs include:

  • Wash sheets/covers 1-2 times per week.
  • Vacuum and steam clean mattress regularly.
  • Use waterproof mattress cover.
  • Clean dog’s paws before bedtime.
  • Bathe dog regularly.
  • Treat dogs for fleas/ticks monthly.
  • Groom dogs to reduce shedding.


While you may enjoy snuggling with your pooch at times, it’s usually best not to allow your dog to sleep in your bed every night. Making their own sleeping space, limiting access to bedrooms, and training alternatives can help reduce problems like disrupted sleep, allergies, and parasite transmission. Focus on daytime bonding activities and provide a comfortable dog bed nearby to reap some benefits without the risks of sharing a bed full-time. With consistency and patience, your dog can learn to happily snooze on their own at night.