Should dogs sleep with their owners?

Should dogs sleep with their owners?
I've been told by the vet that dogs shouldn't sleep with their owners because makes the dog even more dependent on you. He said to me and I had read as well that they should have their own space and their own beds. We all love our dogs and we know that they love us unconditionally but it's not right to treat them as they were people. The most recommendable thing to do is to treat them as what they are, dogs. This doesn't mean we're not gonna give them our love but just to keep a healthy relationship with our pet. With my first dog, we made this mistake and it became a problem for us that she owned our beds. Right now we have another dog and this one has its own bed in the back yard and a lot of space for her, so far it has worked really good and she's a well-behaved dog. What are your thoughts on this? Share them cause I would like to know your experience.



It's up to the owner.

In the end, it's up to the owner. I know plenty of people who don't let their dogs sleep on their bed with them. I personally have no problem letting my dog sleep on my bed, but it's kind of a funny story for him right now.

I trained my dog to like his kennel and his own bed while he was a puppy so he wouldn't develop separation anxiety. As a result, I find that on most nights, he'd rather sleep on his doggy bed that's next to my bed rather than in my bed with me, which is completely fine. I don't mind either way, as long as he's happy and not waking me up.

I won't like though, sometimes it's nice to have that cuddle buddy in the bed with you!

Posted by TheArticulate on 08-06-2017

It's not bad

I don't currently have a dog but I do let my cats sleep with me. Even when we had a dog, we always let her sleep with us. I don't really see why not? when they're puppies it helps them a lot to calm down. I remember when we bought ours and she was still a tiny puppy, she initially missed her mother so much and kept crying at night... that's when we first started letting her join us in bed. She loved it so much! I think that allowing any of your pets in your bed is a personal choice and up to each individual.

I definitely let them though. I see them as part of my family and I don't mind cuddling up to my pets at night :)

Posted by Mehano on 08-05-2017

I'm fine

I can't answer no, because my dog always sleep with me since he was a puppy. He doesn't just sleep with me since we are 6 person in my family: so every night he makes a tour of every bed, sleeping a bit with everyone. And we are all fine with it! I don't think this made him more dependant on us, since when it's really hot he doesn't have any problem at sleeping on the floor (more fresh!). So yes... I don't see anything wrong with that.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 08-05-2017

Let them choose

The bond between a dog and a human is something that can be ridiculously powerful, and having them share bed as the best friends they are shouldn't be an issue if the pet is taken care of and healthy.

In fact, it's a lovely way to bond together and to enjoy your time with your pet whenever, I don't see the problem if that is what they wish to do!

Posted by VintageRose on 08-06-2017

Know their place in the pack

Dogs at their core are pack animals. As such, they actually like to know their place in the pack and often want to have a leader that they know will make them feel safe. I believe that when you do things like let your dog share the bed or feed them while you are eating at the same time, you blur the lines of where they stand in the pack. Do they have the opportunity to be the alpha? Do they need to step up more to prove they are the alpha? For some dog breeds it is especially important to be consistent with where their place is in the pack.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-08-2017

It's a personal choice

I think a lot of aspects of dog ownership are personal choices and this is one of them. My dog sleeps in my roommate's bed. He would sleep in mine too, alternating between the beds, but I have horrible insomnia and I find that it's a restless night for both myself and the dog when he sleeps in my bed. I do think it's important to at least have a dog bed in the house though so that the dog does have his own space (even if he doesn't sleep it).

One thing that is absolutely not a personal choice is that dogs should not sleep outside of the house. If they're not sleeping in their owners bedroom they should have a space in another room.

Posted by anna on 08-07-2017


Depends very much on the point of view of each owner because each of them can have a closer relationship or not with their dogs. I've never particularly seen or felt any kind of problem because of it... But, biologically speaking, I know this kind of attitude is not recommended.
Posted by wiseagent on 09-11-2017


When the owner of a dog decide to sleep on the same bed with the dog, I always see it as a choice that they have made and one that we won't interfere in. There is something that has to do with having pets and it is all about the relationship that exists.
Posted by Barida on 12-09-2018


Yes, I think it's fine to let your dogs sleep in your bedroom. Just as long as you don't have asthma or allergy, then it's fine. The downside is that they may take a crap or pee in your bed or bedroom. But they can be trained to do it in the CR though.
Posted by Xyruz13 on 08-30-2017


For the dog to sleep with the owner would be a great idea especially if they only have one owner. If it is two owners then it would depend as long as none of them have allergies towards their dog. One thing is for sure, me and my wife can have dogs on our bed to protect us and to keep us company. But once that baby arrives it is time to get our dog a spot on the floor, but we will make sure to keep it cozy.
Posted by YoloBoy on 11-30-2018




Animals have germs that sometimes when exposed to humans can be deadly. I know this for a fact because it happened to some people who sleep with their animals. I understand that it's really cute to sleep with our pets, but it can also be dangerous under certain circumstances.
Posted by missionreport on 08-05-2017


I suffered from allergies my whole life. I never slept with dogs, but just sleeping with a dog in the same room wouldn't let me breathe through my nose. I had a cat and slept with him for the first few months, but after my allergies became chronic I decided it was time to stop. Even to this day I have three dogs and even though they don't really enter the house that often (I live in a big mountain so there's plenty of space for them to play and chill) I still get a lot of allergies. It's a no for me on this one!
Posted by Craap on 08-05-2017

No please!

Although pets whether cats or dogs are cute, cuddly and clean, they are still domestic animals that have fleas, ticks, hair falling off and the sniffles that may contain bacteria or germs.

I have an old cat but I do not allow her to sleep in my bedroom at all. Yes, she loves to creep in, stay on the bed or cupboards but still a NO.

Unless cats and dogs could take daily bath or showers, then, it is absolute NO. Imagine sleeping with your kid or spouse without a shower for a week. Feel gross and sick. It is better to play safe to sleep separately..

Posted by peachpurple on 08-05-2017


I'm not an animal person. But I definitely don't go for animals sleeping in the same bed with me! To be honest, I don't even like them in the house. I think animals belong outside. If you have a dog, you should have a dog house … OUTSIDE!

But here's the real story that became the FINAL DECIDING FACTOR about dogs, me, and “their proper place”.

A girl I knew had just gotten married. He husband had a pitt bull dog who slept in the bed with them. She rolled over in bed as many loving newly wed wives do to snuggle up and reached to put her arm around her new husband. That frigging dog attacked and bit off half of her face! She had to go to hospital and get stitches!

I would have killed that dog!! But you know what? The husband kept the dog and still let the dog sleep in the bed. He says it proved the dog would protect him and save his life. Well it's clear to me he cared more about his life than he did about his wife.

True story. That was it for me and dogs; especially for dogs sleeping in the bed!

Posted by cmoneyspinner on 08-05-2017

I think this is a personal choice for each dog ow

Probably not all dogs should sleep in bed with their owners; but that does not mean that it is a bad thing for some dogs to sleep in bed with people. It totally depends on the person and on the dog. My little Yorkie-poo, Chipper slept with me all of his life from the time he was a tiny puppy and slept curled under my chin at night. As he got older, he preferred sleeping down by the foot of the bed; but he always slept with me, and both of us enjoyed this. Now, he is very old, and I have had to move him into a little bed that is on the floor right beside our bed because I was afraid that if he accidentally rolled off of the bed during the night, he was not agile enough to land on his feet anymore, and might break his ribs or his hip or something. Our bed is also fairly tall, and he can't jump up and down from the bed anymore; so I got one of those little dog stairs for him. Now he can climb up the stairs and sleep in our big recliner during the day, and then he sleeps in his little bed right beside our bed at night.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 08-04-2017

I disagree!

An animal is an animal no matter what, even if it was vaccinated and dewormed it may have germs and I don't think is right that a dog to sleep in the same bed with his owner. But of course, anyone does what it likes and risk their health if they want to!
Posted by wallet on 08-06-2017
I agree with you on that animals should be apart from people when sleeping. There's a question of hygiene and safety. There's a news report in which an owner of a giant Python went missing only to find out that she was eaten whole.

Don't think so

As much as I love my pets I am sure they won't have the same hygiene standards that I do. Playing around is fine but sleeping with them? I wouldn't recommend it.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-06-2017

They shouldn't

Dogs should have their own space, as you said, it's healthier for them and for their families even. Also, it's more comfortable when visits come to the house because no everybody like or can accept the fack of dogs sleeping or resting on the beds or any furniture in the house.
Posted by cubo on 04-02-2018


I don't think so because it is just not sanitary. They are full of germs and their paws have been walking on the floor all day because they don't wear shoes. I feel like the people who allow this either just don't care about germs or are unaware of these facts. Also they have very dirty mouths and breath and may have fleas. The disadvantages far outweigh the fun of having a dog beside you so I would disagree.
Posted by Wubwub on 12-06-2017


I think you should never sleep with your pet even if you love him very much. Pet is an animal after all. It is ok to let your pet sleep in your room but not on your bed. You could catch diseases. What if your pet becomes very violent suddenly?
Posted by vinaya on 08-04-2017
I also have the same opinion and I think the risk of diseases is the main reason not to sleep with pets. I think our bed is a very private environment to share with pets, however, each person can do whatever they want.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-05-2017
I always sleep with my pets. It is comfortable for both of us. I think our dogs do depend on us, and we on them, but that is the way it is. I really liked having my dog sleep with me, but he did do alot of sprawling on the bed..and didn't like to be disturbed!
Posted by kgord on 08-04-2017
We have 3 dogs and 2 of them sleep in our bedroom. I didn’t try to let the dog sleep beside me because there was a case that I had read when the dog died of asphyxia when the owner accidentally smothered the dog. There are times that our smallest dog would wake up and wanted to be on the bed. When I have time in the morning, I let her climb onto the bed and I hug her for a while.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-14-2018
I think this is up to the individual owners. I have had dogs that have slept with me and I have had dogs that didn't sleep with me. It worked out either way.
Posted by Lizzyib on 08-04-2017
You can call me a hard hearted person but I simply don't like dogs. I cannot tolerate them in my bed so making them sleep on my bed is simply out of question. Moreover I don't prefer to enter a house with dogs and if I come to know that they share the bed with the members of the household then....omg.. I stay far behind.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 08-05-2017
I suppose it's a personal choice and it also depends on the relationship between dog and owner as well as how well the dog is kept. I personally would not sleep with my dog but I would always make sure that he is comfortable and well fed and has no fleas to worry about. There is potential health and risk factors which may include, well, fleas for one or what if the dog experiences complications from being tucked under the covers which results in suffocation or what if one of you have a bad dream and someone wants to kick and shout or bite? Well maybe that's a bit to far out but then to each his own ultimately as every situation is rather a unique one.
Posted by Joteque on 08-05-2017
rose thornes
I sleept with my dog when she was a puppy but when she grow up, I put her in the other room. Because she became noisy barking at night and I'm having problem with her fleas. I always give her a bath to prevent it but when she went out she play with other dogs with fleas. I think we should not let our dog sleep in our bed but we can let them sleep in our room. This is for health issues too you never know your dog have fleas and it will transfer to you.
Posted by rose thornes on 08-05-2017
this For this one, it will always be a case to cases basis. First, people love their pets and they treat them as a member of the family. Not as a mascot of a plaything. So letting them sleep right beside them is a preference that they can relate. Others don’t allow that because of their own personal reason. Some do that as a part of their pet’s training and some consider them as a worker, a guard. Ideals of what is right about where a pet should sleep really depends on the owner.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 08-05-2017
We treat our dogs like family. One of our dogs is a hyperactive pug that we keep in a cage although the cage is in the living room. The other 2 dogs are well-behaved so they are let loose in the house all the time. And that 2 sleep in our bedroom. They are like our children. When nearing bedtime, they would summon us with a bark and point upstairs to signify it is time to sleep in the bedroom. Maybe our dogs would be very dependent on us but we like it that way because we feel like we have some children in the bedroom.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-05-2017
I think it depends on the dogs. Some dogs are better to be kept away from bed. Some dogs are safe to keep around the bed. I personally think that the space given to the dog can be close. And for this reason I think owners should be doing the proper training for them. And make sure that they don't bite the owner in that case. I guess that is another reason why I'd not choose to be around the dogs in that case.
Posted by overcast on 08-05-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Well, I don't think we as individuals have the right to judge. Personally, I think it's up to the dog owner. If they feel comfortable with the dog in their bed, then it's their business. Hygiene is important no matter the choice though. It's always good to keep your dog clean with regular baths on the daily. I think this question also depends on the type of dog as well. There's a huge difference between a Poodle and Great Dane. So a couple factors are at play. I don't own a dog. But if I did, I wouldn't mind letting it on the bed occasionally. Though I don't see myself sleeping with my dog.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-05-2017
I have nothing against people who would not want pets to sleep with them on their beds but it is really by preference and the behavior of the animal. We have a well-behaved Shih-Tzu dog and isn't very active as much as other dogs are. Despite that, he follows anyone in the house and sits by them. There have been incidents that he accidentally scratched me with his tooth because my brother was making fun of our dog and I tried to stop them. I noticed how he is somewhat aware that he hurt someone. He has also become aware and become careful when playing. We treat him as a family and I see no reason why he shouldn't be disallowed to sleep on our beds too.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-05-2017
I do not own a dog. I am not a pet person either, but I do believe pets should be sleeping in their own space. I also do not feel it would be clean for the dog to climb into bed, sleep on the bed also (dog may have tracked in dirt, dust, their fur, they may slobber and so forth).
Posted by simplym on 08-05-2017
I let my dog sleep with me if she wants to. There are some nights that she will sleep with me or she will sleep in with my daughter. Other times she just sleeps on the couch. I don't think it wrong for your pet to sleep with you. If your pet has a disease and if it is one that can cross over to a human then you are going to get it just by being in the same house with it not just sleeping with it. My dog is like another child and that is how I treat her.
Posted by morgoodie on 08-05-2017
I have always slept with my pets and I see nothing wrong with that. I thing it is great when they snuggle up with you. I have had pets all of my life and they have always slept with me. I do see why not. They are part of the family and they should be treated that way.
Posted by Sue on 08-05-2017
I particularly think dogs can transmit certain bacteria to humans, so ideally they do not share the same place to sleep.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-05-2017
My nephew has his 3 dogs sleep in. his room. It is an airconditione roome so when you inside such room, you can smell the dog's smell. No matter how we may bathe the dogs, they will after that smell dogs again. They should be given their own space and sleeping beds from the moment they become your pet.
Posted by SimplyD on 08-05-2017
I think it's not okay as I always open my mouth while sleeping somehow. I do not want to accidentally swallow some dog fur. I cannot guarantee that the dog will not be startled by something and cause an accident on my bed.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-06-2017
When the dog is still a puppy, it's tempting to allow them on the bed, it's only when they become larger that it becomes an issue. The smaller breeds are often allowed on the bed, however they would have been purchased for companionship. I think it's personal preference, breed of dog , and reason why the dog is there. I don't see the point of having pets, if they are not treated as part of the family. Our dogs sleep inside for our protection as well as theirs. We do not allow them on the beds due to their size, hair shedding, and well...... It's our bed. The cat however is allowed. People must not be so quick to judge, somebody's little yorkie may be their best friend and reason for getting up in the morning.
Posted by Rhombus on 08-06-2017
I don't let ANY dogs sleep in the bed with me, it's not clean to do, and it's a bit weird if you ask me. Cats as well, I like pets but I think many people cross the line as to the way they treat their pets, I understand children may want to sleep with their pets but I don't agree with it, and I don't do it in my home.
Posted by kamar19 on 08-06-2017
I don't think people should be sleeping with their dogs at all. I understand loving your pets, but they're best off having their own sleeping quarters because for starters, it's very unhygienic. I knew someone who loved sleeping with her dogs and she'd come into work smelling of dog and covered in dog hair! The trouble is, as with garlic, I don't think she could smell dog on herself. There's also the small matter of small creatures possibly living in the fur, creatures you don't want making a home in your skin or hair. I personally think it's wrong and would never let my dogs sleep with me, but to each their own :)
Posted by lushlala on 08-07-2017
If the vet says it's a bad idea then it probably is. If you trust your vet, it makes sense to listen to his or her advice. If it's not healthy for the dog, why do it?

I wouldn't do it anyway. I don't want to smell like dog or get ticks, etc. If I did want to and the vet recommended against it, I'd take his advice or at least seek a second opinion.
Posted by Zyni on 08-07-2017
To each their own. I would not want a dog to sleep in the bed with me but I do not have a pet dog so I rally can't say. I know some people that let their dogs sleep with them and I don't care one bit. It's up to the individual owner to decided where the dog sleeps.
Posted by BigDreamer on 08-10-2017
I love dogs and I am a pet lover. I have a cat and a dog, I play with them at times. However, letting them sleep beside my bed is a NO, I find it uncomfortable to sleep beside my pet. It's not like I find my pet dirty, less dirty maybe. I just find it unclean sleeping with animals in your own bed.
Posted by DanoCath on 08-22-2017
Dogs should not sleep with their owners because you can't treat them like He or she it is a human too. You have to teach them that you are the leather and only you have the power. If they think they are the leather they will not obey you. Also, dogs have a lot of bacterias that could be dangerous for you they should have their own bed.
Posted by pizzalover on 08-26-2017
I think this is entirely up to the owner to decide should his or her dog sleep in on the same bed with them. I see nothing wrong with this as long as the dog is homely well enough, there is no harm in allowing it sleep in the same bed with the owner.

But before allowing such, the owner must ensure that the dog is in a perfectly good health condition, so as not to give anyone any form of skin diseases. Some dogs are known to carry fleas so one need to be careful in allowing such dog in on one's sleeping bed.
Posted by Heatman on 09-08-2017
I don't support this,have got a dog and some puppies but I won't sleep with them no matter what even the vets won't support this.I think the best bet is to have them cleaned up daily and then make a healthy sleeping space for them and that's is it than sleeping with them.
Posted by lovely on 09-20-2017
Some people prepare for their pet to sleep beside them, some people don't like that idea since they don't want to have their bacteria goes to their bed. It will always depend on those people and how often they make their pet clean and how much they loved them. For me, I prefer to sleep in their own bed since I don't want anyone sleeping beside me or contaminating my own bed. LOL
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-09-2017
In general, we should know that they are animals and we are human so there should be boundaries. A lot of people treat them as human beings when in reality, they are only a pet to be loved and be taken good care of. They are part of our life but they are made not to be an equal.
Posted by Scarlet on 12-06-2017
Dogs shouldn't sleep with owners. Very in hygiene and a bad habit because this will spoil them. The next time pets will walk over the owners head .
Posted by peachpurple on 12-17-2017
It is not right for owners to allow their dogs to sleep with them because it is not really hygienic in that sense , the dogs should be placed where they belong to.
Posted by babyright on 03-02-2018
I love dogs but I don't think that this is healthy. I think that dogs should have their own houses that they can sleep in preferably outside. I'm a dog lover and I don't sleep with my dog. I think that dogs carry certain germs especially because they droll alot. I think that dogs are good companions but we all have to agree that they are not human as much as we want them to be and there must be a line between us and them, sleeping alone is one of those lines.
Posted by jaymish on 12-11-2018
should dog sleept with their owners: I love dogs since I was a child.I have one now but it is not my first dog but eversince I didn't sleep with my pet but I let my dog to sleep inside the room but not in my bed. Because for me it should be a limitation between us and to our pet.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-17-2018