It’s not hard to find articles on the positives and negatives of sharing your bed with your dog. There is scientific evidence promoting both sides of the coin. I’m not a scientist so I’m speaking from personal experience. When Cooper became part of my family, I was adamant about him not sharing my bed. From his first night in my home, he wanted to jump into my bed instead of his. He eventually wore me down and I’m so glad he did.
For about a month bedtime was a battle. No matter how many times I pointed to his dog bed and said “go lay down,” he wouldn’t give up. He’s small and my bed is pretty high so he was unable to make the leap. One night he even started his run down the hallway to try and get enough “air” in hopes of finally getting to sleep in the big bed. That moment was funny and heartbreaking at the same time.
The moment I gave in
One night I heard Cooper’s paws swiping at the side of the bed and I looked down to see his sad eyes staring up at me. That was the moment I gave in. I thought, “just for one night,” knowing I was probably starting something. My dog loving friends laughed when I changed my mind. They each said, “I knew you’d cave.”
He was so excited to finally get to sleep in the big bed. It didn’t take him long to find a spot and make himself comfortable. I eventually got him stairs so he could climb in and out on his own. There are disturbances in the night occasionally, but for the most part, it works. The only issue I have is when he wants to be so close to me that I find myself on the edge of the bed. It’s amazing what happens when an 8lb poodle manages to spread out on a queen size bed.
Waking up in the middle of the night to see his face staring back at me or looking over to find him on his back with all four paws in the air warms my heart. He used to walk on me and lick my face in the morning to help get me up. He’s learned that doing that doesn’t make me move any faster. His Mom isn’t a morning person.
When I’m getting ready in the morning, Coop is usually comfy in bed. During the winter he gets under the covers to stay warm. It’s a great joy of mine to see him in his happy place before I leave.
Regardless of science and studies, it would be hard to imagine Cooper not sleeping in my bed. He’s my pack. Our spots in the house are the couch and my bed so without him there something would be off. If you are considering whether or not it’s a good idea to share your bed with your dog, I personally recommend it. Sharing my bed with Cooper helped create a bond and solidified what home feels like.
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