Where should my dog sleep at night?
To sleep or not to sleep with your dog is a dilemma many pet parents wrestle with. Some booming voices cry, "No! Never! Absolutely not!" While others reply in defense, "What's the harm? My dog is so cute and snuggly."
Rest assured, regardless of what side you're on, you're not alone. Interestingly, the American Kennel Club reports that slightly less than half of pet parents sleep with their dogs, so you're in good company — no matter how you lean.
Important Questions to Ask Yourself
Below are a few things to consider if you're undecided about letting your dog sleep in bed with you. Answering these questions can help you navigate the decision-making process.
- Are you a light or restless sleeper? If so, your dog's sleep pattern — which is polyphasic — may wake you throughout the night. (Polyphasic sleep involves sleeping in short segments more than twice in 24 hours.)
- Does your dog suffer from arthritis or general joint pain? Aging or arthritic dogs may find a sleeping pad more comfortable and soothing. Jumping up to get on a bed may actually create unnecessary stress on a dog's joints.
- Are you concerned about parasites, fleas or ticks your dog might carry to bed? Unfortunately, pesky hijackers can attach to your dog's fur and deposit themselves in unwanted spaces — like under your covers.
- Are you a heavy sleeper worried about rolling over on your dog during the night? This concern is especially problematic if your dog is small or in the puppy stage.
- Do you suffer from allergies? Sleeping closely with pet dander can increase an allergic response in some allergy sufferers.
- Does your dog suffer from a weak bladder? If so, accidents in a crate or dog bed require much less clean-up. (Who wants to remove and wash sheets during the night? No one!)
- Do you feel more secure sleeping with your dog? Because dogs can hear out-of-place sounds and movements, sleeping with your furry alarm system can be comforting.
If you currently sleep with your dog, make sure your bedding is made of breathable material so that your dog can breathe easily throughout the night. Plant-based materials like cotton, linen and bamboo are the most breathable fabrics, so keep that in mind when shopping for bedding. The key is for you and your dog to have the best night's sleep possible, so be sure to create a safe and comfortable environment before settling in for a good night's sleep.
Should you prefer to sleep separately from your furry friend — whether your dog slumbers in a crate or a dog bed — there are several options to keep your pup relaxed and ready for counting sheep.
Distinctive Dog Beds
If you're looking for a bed to use either indoors or outdoors, the K&H Cool Bed III Cooling Dog Bed is perfect for the hot sleeper. Simply add the recommended amount of water through the easy-fill cap and adjust the comfort with the air valve. If your pet suffers from arthritis or joint pain, this bed will undoubtedly soothe aching joints.
Should your dog need a little extra warmth, the K&H Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Pet Bed Gray is an excellent option when the temperature outside drops or if your pet sleeps in a colder area of the home. Whether your furry friend needs extra warmth in a dog house, kennel, basement, garage or other outdoor space, this heated pet bed will keep your pup happy and warm — even in sub-zero weather.
Noteworthy Dog Cots
If you prefer a cot over a bed, the K&H Original Pet Cot is the gold standard in elevated cots — so you know it's a good option. This amazing elevated cot has a breathable, washable mesh center. It's easy to assemble and move, so you can take it almost anywhere! If your precious pup is large, no worries because this cot can handle pets up to 300 pounds (depending on the cot's size).
If your dog prefers a little back support, the K&H Original Bolster Pet Cot adds a little more cushion. The fluffy bolster is detachable and easy to remove. In addition, this elevated bed has a breathable mesh center that repels moisture, making it perfect for indoor or outdoor use.
The K&H Coolin' Pet Cot is a perfect choice if your pup tends to get a little overheated. This elevated cot with a cooling center is ideal for indoor or outdoor use and has slip-resistant rubber feet that protect indoor flooring. In addition, this unique cot holds up to 200 pounds. The Coolin' Pet Cot absorbs a pet's natural body temperature of 102℉ and converts it to room temperature. (It's not magic, but it's close!)
Remarkable Crate Pads
Many pet parents choose to crate their furry friends at night, and if you're one of them, consider using a crate pad. For example, the K&H Deluxe Bolster Crate Pad is an affordable bedtime solution that fits a variety of crate sizes. The bolster slides up the sides of the crate and fills in the corners for the ultimate in crate coziness. And the pad's ultra-plush fleece lets your pet feel like he's sleeping on a cloud.
If your pup sleeps in a cooler space, the K&H Self-Warming Crate Pad will keep your snuggly pal warm during the night in his crate. This pad's micro-fleece material radiates heat back to your sleeping pet without the use of electricity. And it has a no-slip bottom to keep it in place.
There Is No Wrong Answer
The decision to sleep or not to sleep with your four-legged friend is ultimately up to you because you know what's best for you and your furry bestie. Stay calm! Simply weigh the pros and cons and pick a solution. There truly is no wrong answer. Remember, the better you and your dog sleep at night, the more alert and happy you'll be during the day. And that's a win for everyone!