Should Animals Be Allowed On The Bed?

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I don’t know. Would you deny someone this cute?

Most people would agree that dogs are great cuddle buddies, but this begs the question, should we allow them in our beds? 

Conventional wisdom tells us that letting your dog sleep in your bed with you can cause them to believe they’re the alpha, giving them the illusion they’re in control because in bed, they (large dogs at least) are taller than you.

Currently, Ash has either Chris or I with him at home during the day. The only time he’s ever alone (in his kennel,) is when the both of us are doing errands outside of the house. We don’t let Ash roam the house while we’re here for more than 3 hours at a time. He’s always with one of us, but a lot of the time he’s also outside doing his business and playing alone, sleeping in his kennel, eating in his kennel, underneath the stairs, or lying on the floor somewhere with a toy, or even just napping. These activities are all when he’s by himself, so of course, when we lie down to sleep, we allow Ash up in our bed for a while, sometimes he’s even good enough to nap…sometimes.

Dogs take comfort in your company, just being near you.

Sleeping with your dog, and having him in your bed may have negative factors. In fact, these are quite logical.

Whether or not you’re actually allergic to pet dander, you pup goes outside to go to the bathroom, get exercise and generally just have fun. And while he’s out there, he’s exposed to a number of things you could be allergic too, not the least of which is pollen, which will stick in his fur, which he subsequently brings to the bed, which could aggravate your symptoms.

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I’d rather have this. Wouldn’t you?

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