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Do Your Pets Sleep With You?

Do Your Pets Sleep With You?

An article in WebMD reported on a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. It turns out that “nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners. The survey also found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.”

Even though my dogs are part of my family and some people call me a crazy pet parent, I have to admit that my dogs were never invited in my bed, until recently. It all changed when I adopted Gina. Maybe it’s because she’s the smallest dog I’ve had in many years, but she is allowed in my bed by invitation only. Truth be told, the more I invite her, the more I want to have her sleep with me. I love the warmth in the winter, and the comfort of her cuddles all year round.

It started with just the occasional nap together and now has grown into almost any night she stands at the end of the bed, staring at me with big, brown eyes. Other nights she chooses to sleep downstairs in her dog bed, next to Sanchez. I’ve tried to entice Sanchez into my bed. But, even when I pay him (with treats) he doesn’t stay in my bed. He’s never been the affectionate type.

My sister’s family recently adopted their first dog, Stella. From the picture (on the left), you can tell that she just loves to sleep with my 16 year old niece. This is a far cry from the shelter floor she slept on for over four months before she was adopted.

Do your pets sleep with you? If so, what are some of the benefits? Do the human family members in your household ridicule you for inviting your furry family into your bed? Thanks for sharing your stories in a comment and taking our poll below.

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Confessions of a Crazy Pet Parent

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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9:04AM PDT on May 6, 2014

I Never ever found such edifying blogs.
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2:46AM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

i have the 6 of them with me. Of course some leave at some point of the night, but when i go to bed... every one joins. i couldn't live without them falling asleep in my arms or around. Of course my boyfriend is not the happiest guy on earth...

5:10PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Thank you Lisa, for a great article, and thanks to the over 388 care 2 members, who commented on this article. I originally commented on May 4th, 20113, but when I got knocked off of care 2 during the maintenance period on 7/31/2013 I never could get back my original account, so I had to start a new one, with the same avatar picture, so now I am trying post recomments on articles that matter to me. This is one of the best. I do sleep with my pet child. She is a minature dashchund rescue puppy from a puppy mill in Missisiippi. She was mistreated by her qwner and breeder, so she has problems with separation anxiety, she never wants to be left alone, she will follow me around the house, no matter what room I am in, she wants to be there, When I wash dishes, she curls up on my feet. when I work on the computer, which is most of the day, she either lays at my feet or on my lap. When it is bed time, she normally goes home to my sister's house and sleeps with her. But when her grandchildren come for the weekend (CoCo Channel) will sleep with me in my bed. She has a special side with her own pilow, but sometimes when I turn over during the night she has her little face right there on my pillow. I love her so much, I would sleep with her every night if I had the chance. She comes over to my house at 5:30 every morning and crawls in with me, and sleeps till 9 or 10 when I get up.

6:32AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

They always have and always will.

6:30AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Es war mich immer undenkbar, das ein Hund mit im Bett schläft, habe meine Meinung geändert! Seit wir unseren Hund aus einer Tötung in Kroatien haben ist alles anders. Er sagt uns wann es Zeit ist zu schlafen und dann legt er sich bei uns in die Mitte, später dann an das Fußende. Auch wenn er auf der Decke liegt und wir uns nicht mehr richtig zu decken können, lassen wir ihn schlafen. Keiner von uns möchte seine Nähe missen.

5:44AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

I say "Nap time!" and our pug, Chang, lets out an happy yap and heads for the bedroom. He also sits outside the bedroom door to let me know it's nap time!!!

3:58AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

My two chihuahuas sleeps with me. And we love it!

2:39AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

I sleep with "my boy" my service/therapy dog every night or day. I would not be able to function without him. He is also quite a snuggler!

9:24AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

our kitty comes and goes, sometimes she sleeps at the foot of the bed, other nights she is prowling, or on the couch, or wherever else she may be

7:02PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

With cats it's one thing, they'll sleep wherever. With dogs, sleeping where the human sleeps is the same as being put on par with the alpha. I have seen a lot of folks who admit to having their dogs sleep with them at night for various reasons, and with the sole exception of those dogs specifically trained as service animals, every last one has disciplinary issues with their animal. Most don't see it as such - the dog runs ahead on the leash or stops to sniff everything in sight instead of staying with the alpha, begs at the table, won't move from a comfortable spot when the alpha (human) makes it clear they want to sit... all of those are respect issues from the dog, and they can all come from being treated too much like the alpha. If you are not in charge, the dog will be.

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