January 16, 2021

Should My Dog Be Allowed to Sleep With Me?

Buster Boy has been sleeping with me in bed since he was a puppy but not always happily! Sometimes I end up annoying him from petting and loving  on him while he is trying to sleep and he ends up moving to the floor.


The internet is full of arguments on both sides, and one study determined over 50% of dog owners allow their dog to sleep on their bed.

What do experts think about this?


“Although uncommon with healthy pets,” the CDC wrote in a 2011 report, “the risk of transmission of zoonotic agents [those transmitted from animal to human] by close contact between pets and their owners through bed sharing, kissing or licking is real and has been documented for life-threatening infections such as plague.” According to Dr. Patty Khuly, VMD.

From Psychology Today

“Dogs also seem to help us relax. A dog’s rhythmic breathing, when one lies next to you, can help lull you to sleep. In addition, being near a dog increases our flow of oxytocin, a hormone associated with affection and happiness.”  And continues:   ” they can make us feel safe. Many of us feel somewhat vulnerable when we lie in bed, alone and in the dark. The presence of a dog, regardless of its size, can give us a sense of protection.”

From a training standpoint according to Andrea Arden, professional dog trainer, Animal Planet states:

“If your dog is free of aggression and separation issues, consider how mannerly and cooperative they are. That is, does your dog sit, lie down, come when called, and get off the bed or couch when you ask? Does your dog exhibit good impulse control skills and refrain from grabbing things from people’s hands or off table tops? If so, then (like in a wolf pack where cooperation equals access to more privileges) it is an indication that your dog probably has a pretty solid understanding about the cooperative nature of the canine/human relationship. This does not mean you have to share your bed with a well mannered dog. But, if you want to it should be just fine to add bed privileges to the list of things your dog earns from you by following your instructions.”

The biggest argument against sleeping with your dog is health claims, that dogs in the bed disturb our sleep pattern and that people may contract diseases from close contact with their dog.


I personally have no health concerns regarding Buster sleeping on my bed with me. What do you think?



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