These Are the Worst Dog Breeds To Share a Bed With
If you’re a pet parent, then you’re probably familiar with the age-old debate of whether people should let their pet sleep in the bed with them or not. While many dog parents love the bond that comes with snuggling up with their fur baby in bed, there are some breeds that can make it more difficult to share a bed.
In this post, we’ll share some of the worst dog breeds to share a bed with. We’ve included breeds that are too big and heavy, too active, too needy and more. We’ll also share helpful tips on how to make sleeping in the same bed with your pup a little easier, regardless of their breed.
What You Need To Know About Sharing Your Bed With a Dog
Sharing a bed with a dog can be comforting and satisfying for both the pet and the owner. It not only provides warmth and companionship, but it can also be beneficial to the owner’s overall well-being. However, not all dogs are equally suitable for sharing sleeping space with humans due to size, behavior or coat type. That’s why when selecting a breed to bring into your home, it is important to consider whether or not the pup would make a good bed partner.
Breeds That May Not Be a Good Fit for Bed Sharing
Certain breeds of dogs make poor bed partners due to their size and temperament, such as Mastiffs, Great Danes and Chow Chows. These breeds can take up too much space due to their large size and can be too active or aggressive to share a bed. Additionally, certain fluffy-coated dog breeds may shed abundantly and require frequent grooming or vacuuming, making them less than ideal bed companions. Breeds that fall into this category include Poodles, Bichons Frises and Shih Tzus.
Tips To Help Your Dog Become a Good Bed Partner
If you decide that you want to share your bed with your pup, there are multiple things you can do to help make them a better bed partner, no matter what breed they are:
- Provide your pup with their own comfortable sleeping area away from the bed. A soft, circular dog bed works great for this.
- Provide plenty of indoor activities such as toys or interactive games so your pup won’t become overactive before going to sleep.
- Be sure to give your dog ample outdoor exercise during the day as well (such as walks, trips to the dog park or playing fetch outside) so they’ll be ready to sleep once bedtime rolls around.
- Make sure your pup has received all necessary vaccinations, flea/tick medication and regular check-ups so you can catch illnesses before they enter your sleep space and disrupt your rest.
- Practice basic obedience commands such as “no,” “down” and “stay” so you can control any behavior that could disturb your sleep if needed.
- Introduce them to your sleep space slowly, by allowing them onto the bed while supervised first, then gradually leaving them unsupervised while still in the room until you feel comfortable leaving them alone during the night.
- Place an old sheet or towel over your pillows and mattress so it is easier to clean any messes without having to wash everything in hot water every time there is an accident.
Sharing a bed with a dog can be a wonderfully satisfying and relaxing experience, but it’s important to make sure you have the right breed of dog for the job. By researching the breeds and their potential behaviors and following these tips for sleeping with a dog without disrupting your sleep, you can maximize the chances of a peaceful, enjoyable shared sleep.