Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed?

Let’s start at the very beginning: those super cute puppy days. If there’s one type of dog you want snoozing on your duvet, it’s a tiny, baby one, right?

When you shouldn’t let your dog sleep in your bed

Unfortunately, puppies really shouldn’t sleep on your bed, period. “A dog should not sleep in your bed until it is crate trained and potty trained,” says Derick Lengemann, VMD at Lakewood Veterinary Hospital, Mooresville, North Carolina.

In the past, you may have heard rumors of this sleeping setup giving way to behavior issues with your dog down the road. Luckily, Steffi Trott, professional dog trainer and the owner and founder of SpiritDog Training, spoke to Babble Sports to set the record straight. 

When it is OK to let your dog sleep in your bed

“There is nothing inherently wrong with letting your dog sleep in the bed. It will neither have any negative behavior consequences nor will it make your dog “revolt” against you or try to become the leader of your pack,” Trott told Babble Sports. “In a group of dogs, there is no social order that determines sleeping habits. Everyone can sleep where they please.”

Letting your dog sleep in your bed can be a great bonding experience. In addition, a dog you trust can make you feel safer, quell anxiety, or just help you drift off to a peaceful sleep. So long as your dog is healthy, well-trained and isn’t waking you up frequently in the night, feel free to let your pup sleep where they like.