Sleeping with your dog has its benefits. Just make sure to follow these steps.
Snuggling with your pup is one of the best parts about owning a dog. It doesn’t just feel nice, it’s scientifically-proven to be good for you. Studies have shown that sleeping with your dog can create reduce depression, ease insomnia and improve your sleep quality.
But before you let your furry friend sleep on the bed, there are certain steps you should take. These eight tips can make sleeping with your dog safe and enjoyable for both of you.
8 tips for sleeping with your dog
Make sure they’re potty trained before sleeping with your dog
Young puppies may not have the bladder control to avoid wetting the bed. In addition, some breeds may be too small to get down from the bed on their own. As a result, your bedspread, sheets and mattress can be ruined if your dog has an accident. Even with housebroken pets, make sure they go potty at night before getting into your bed. This can help make sure your pup doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night to go outside. Potty training your dog is one of the most important first steps to take with your pup.
Keep your pup clean
Bathe and groom your dog on a regular basis, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. If necessary, use veterinary-approved products to protect against fleas, ticks and other parasites. The cleaner your dog is, the cleaner your mattress might stay. This can help with certain allergies you may have. Not to mention, it’ll help make sure your dog doesn’t start stinking up your room.
Keep them above the covers
When you’re sleeping with your dog, make sure they don’t get under the covers. Your furry bundle of joy is full of love, but they may also be full of dirt and debris. Keeping them above the covers will help keep your sheets clean, giving you a healthier night’s sleep.
Invest in a mattress protector
If you are going to let your dog sleep with you, you should get a mattress protector. A mattress protector is fabric made out of specialized fibers and materials. It fits onto your mattress like a fitted sheet and can be removed to be washed in the washing machine. Mattress protectors provide a physical barrier that resists allergens, dust mites, moisture, mold and mildew.
Change your sheets regularly after sleeping with your dog
Another important step in keeping your bed clean while your dog sleeps with you is changing your sheets. Many experts recommend cleaning your sheets once a week. Check out the care instructions on the label, but you’ll probably want to wash your sheets on the hottest setting. Hotter water will help remove more bacteria and allergens.
Stay in command
To make sure your pet understands it is your bed, never let them jump up on the bed without being invited. Furthermore, experts suggest making the dog stay on the floor for 10 minutes before inviting them up onto the bed. Also, don’t let your dog eat in bed, as this sends the wrong message about what the bed is for. If your pet misbehaves of exhibits dominant behavior, send them off the bed to sleep somewhere else.
Let them know bedtime isn’t playtime
Sleeping with your dog means just that: sleeping. Make sure your pup knows that now is not the time to play. Don’t let your dog bring their toys onto the bed, especially squeaky ones. As a result, you’ll get a better night’s sleep to be able to play with them more during the day!
Be mindful of their growth
There’s nothing better than snuggling with your new puppy. However, it’s important to consider how big your little puppy will eventually get. This may play a role in helping you decide if you want to sleep with your dog on the bed. If your pup will grow up to be gigantic, they may take up too much of your bed.
Call or visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep
Your dog isn’t the only one who deserves a great night’s sleep. Speak to one our highly-trained Sleep consultants about what else you can do to improve your sleep quality. If your mattress is older than eight years old, it’s probably time to replace it. Give us a call, or visit one of our locations today and get the sleep you’ve been dreaming about.