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Is your dog sleeping in bed with you?

How many people love their dog sleeping in bed with them? I do not know the number or percentage but I’m sure it’s a high number. When I had my dog I didn’t even need to call his name. Hw would jump onto my bed as soon as I settled down for the night. I wouldn’t have it any other way. In this article, I endorse the pros of sleeping with your dog and address some of the cons.


Do you love your dog sleeping in bed with you?

I do, how about you?

Anyone who sleeps with their dog loves their dog or else they would kick their butt out and onto the floor. It doesn’t mean you don’t love your dog if he doesn’t sleep with you – I’m sure you do love him.

Below are some points covered when this topic is brought up in casual conversation. If you’ve always thought it was wrong to have your dog sleep with you, then maybe this list will change your mind.


sleeping with your dog
Imagine this dog sleeping in bed with you…


Pros and cons of sleeping with your dog

In case your wondering, there have been studies stating that it is beneficial to have your dog sleeping with you in your bed. There are some exceptions but let’s look at the list of pros and cons and you can judge for yourself:


1. It’s comforting to have your best friend in bed with you. This is the number one reason for me.

2. It helps with anxiety. They can reduce feelings of loneliness and depression.

3. Save energy. You can turn down the heat in the colder months and your dog will keep you warm. Dogs have higher temperatures than humans so make sure to get him under the blankets and close to you.

4. Safety. Your dog will bark and wake you up if he hears any sounds in or around your home.

5. It’s good for your dog too! It makes your dog feel safe and secure which means you have a happy dog.


Dog sleeping on the couch
This dog may prefer the couch instead of your bed


1. Your bed is too high for your small dog. This is a real concern. Your dog could injure himself if he jumps or falls out of your bed. It’s better that your dog is healthy than to risk his or her health. Or you could buy or build a padded ramp for him (dogs are so spoiled).

2. You may lose sleep. Why cares? The only people who should worry about losing sleep because of their dogs are brain surgeons and nuclear power plant engineers.

3. Potential relationship problems. You may lose your partner if they don’t like dogs. But why are you dating someone who doesn’t LOVE dogs?

4. Oversleeping. He or she won’t wake you up if your alarm doesn’t go off. Your dog wants you to sleep in – all the time.



Let your dog sleep in bed with you or with other members of your home. If your dog doesn’t already sleep with you, then give a try and you’ll find out if it’s good for you or not. If you do not have a dog then consider adopting one.

Here are some links to articles I wrote on dog adoption or go to to find shelters in your area and adopt your sleeping buddy:

Common dog breeds found in shelters
Health benefits of owning a dog
Where to adopt in Philadelphia


Jim Kernicky

I have been a dog walker and pet sitter for my business Fairmount Pet Service in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia since 2008.