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Should you let your dog sleep on your bed?

Why or why not? I would like to see what people have to say
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Depends on your lifestyle and preference. Me, I have a king size mattress so I can sleep comfortably with the dogs.
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i love having lily on the bed with me, it's like cuddling a life size warm teddy! at the end of the day i think it boils down to personal preference


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Absolutely yes. Couldn't imagine it any other way.
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I have one golden in bed w us every night, and every other weekend, 2 goldens, in a king size bed...Wouldnt have it any other way!!!! But if one of them is laying on my back, and I cant move, I will ask them to get down politely, and they oblige..... Most of the time!!!!! They will wait til I fall asleep, and climb back in!!!!

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As mentioned, it's a lifestyle thing, how big is your bed, how light of a sleeper are you? If you have a 6 month old puppy who gets up in the middle of the night and wanders around the house to chew on your t.v. remote control, it could be a big problem. I personally feel that it is a privilege that should be earned by an older, more reliable dog. There are also people who have a hard time establishing the proper roles for the dog and the people in their home. A lot of puppies are spoiled by well-meaning and loving owners to the point that a dog with a strong personality can mistakenly believe that he is in charge and not the human. A good way of heading this off at the pass is to start the dog off in life with no bed privileges and not allowing on furniture - then after they're about a year old and you're sure that the teenage phase is past with no significant behavioral problems, you can set the rules for furniture. I keep a towel on my couch and that is where my girl lays so she can snuggle with me. My first GOlden was super smart and I kept a beach towel at the foot of my bed and that is where he would sleep which helped keep my bed dog hair free. (My husband isn't a huge fan of dog hair on his bed )

Depending on your marital/family status, you may want to limit where your dog is allowed. Being able to lay an infant down on your bed and turn your back is very convenient - doing this with a risk of a 65 pound dog jumping on and accidentally hurting the baby is not convenient. A dog who doesn't want to share space on furniture with a new spouse or new children is a potential serious problem you can avoid by not simply giving free reign. I allow my dogs only up on my bed if invited and they know if I say "off" that I mean it. It's just a nice way of maintaining my sanity


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I have a Black Lab/Golden Retriever mix, a Maltipoo, and a 5 month Golden Retriever, oh, and a wife. We have a king size mattress and things are getting cramped, so we're buying a Full size mattress and using a "bed bride" so connect them together to basically make a giant mattress so we all fit. lol
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I am CLEARLY in the minority here but no dogs in or on my bed! I have a sofa that I put under the windows & it's basically the dogs sofa . Right now my 1 YO is still in her crate in our room. I've tried letting her sleep not in the crate but I don't think she's ready yet. But when she is her choices are: her crate (with the door open), her dog bed, her sofa or the floor. Between us I am a very light sleeper & its bad enough I have to sleep with my DH hehehe.
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I love waking up in the morning with one dog curled around my head and the other snuggled up as close as possible next to me....

This kind of thing starts from day one when they come home. I don't crate, so little pups get their spots right next to me or up on my pillow overnight. Jacks still sleeps completely up on my pillow - like he did when he was a puppy. Bertie still snuggles up on my side with his face tucked in by me - like he did when he was a puppy.

Among else, they quickly learn how to "wake me up" when they have to go outside - without learning to bark or make too much noise. They learn that little snuffly sounds by my face is all they need.

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Last night was Foster's first time sleeping on our bed (he's 9 months old). This was only because our furnace isn't working and I didn't want him in the crate freezing all night. He stayed at the foot of the bed and was a nice foot warmer

I think it depends, as others have stated above. We don't have children so we don't mind, but we probably won't get in the habit for reasons nolefan mentioned.
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