Should Dogs Sleep In The Bedroom?

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Dogs Sleep In Bedrooms

Here is an interesting question – should dogs sleep in bedrooms?

My first time where I encountered this particular scenario was when I was young and I was at a school buddy’s house.  He had a beagle and I asked him where his dog slept at night.  He told me that his beagle sleeps with him in his bedroom.

I was a bit surprised being a non-dog owner at that time and didn’t realize just how much of a bond humans and their dogs can have.  Many years later when I got my first Lhasa Apso puppy Pepper, I tried initially to have him sleep in a dog room (laundry room on the main floor).  That did not work so well with his puppy yelping.

So early one Saturday morning, I took Pepper upstairs into my bedroom and he immediately stopped his yelping and seemed very happy just to be there while I continued to sleep in.  He didn’t make a sound as he simply hung out on the carpet in front of my bed.

As Pepper got older, I tried to have him sleep in his own bed I put on the main floor of our house but he quickly abandoned it and tried to come up the stairs to our second floor bedrooms.  As I saw that it was a losing battle to try to keep him on the main floor while the rest of my family slept, I finally let him upstairs but closed our bedroom doors.  He just ended up sleeping along my bedroom door for awhile.  I finally learned that dogs just want to be near their humans.

The Progression Of Dogs Sleeping In Bedrooms

When I first brought my current Lhasa Apsos Chester and Roxie home, I set them up in their puppy room as described in my dog litterbox training program.  They adapted quite well since there were two of them to keep each other company.  They were also very quiet overnight even though their puppy room was on a different floor than my bedroom.

Then we went through a crate training period where I set their crates just outside my bedroom door and again, no problems at all.  For some reason, even as an experienced dog owner for many years, I still did not consider having my dogs sleep in bedrooms yet.

But gradually, I heard that some of my fellow dog owners practically insist on having their dogs sleep in their bedrooms.  I was a bit curious and in time, I decided to give it a try when I became a single man again.

So I moved Chester and Roxie’s crates into my bedroom.  By this time, they were both totally potty trained indoors to use their dog litterbox so I did not have to close the gate doors on their crates overnight.  Of course, they eagerly accepted this transition!

And today, they usually hang out with me anywhere in the house no matter how late it is.  When it’s time for me to go to bed, they follow me into my bedroom and into their crates.

So my bedroom has become their den where they and their master sleeps at night (as well as for the odd afternoon nap!).

Effect On Humans With Dogs Sleeping In Bedrooms

Quite surprisingly, I found myself enjoying this sleeping arrangement with my dogs a lot.  I feel a certain togetherness at nighttime when I know my dogs are there with me.

Sometimes I can hear one of them moving around in their crate and sometimes one of them will have a short nightmare.  The odd time I can even hear one of them snoring a bit.  But it’s all okay as I feel a strange comfort at night with them in the bedroom.

Now, I would not have it any other way.  I only wished that I had this same arrangement with my first two Lhasa Apsos Pepper and Max.  I now understand what those other dog owners mean when they insist on having their dogs sleep in their bedrooms.

I know that not all dog owners feel the same way.  The breeder I got Chester and Roxie from has all of her Lhasa Apsos sleeping in big crates in a big dog room.  But I think a few of her older Lhasa Apsos do stay on the second floor with her though.

If you have any thoughts on dogs sleeping in bedrooms, feel free to comment below.

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  • Onnica Hutchings

    Both of my dogs (one is a 2 1/2-year-old GSP/Great Dane mix who weighs 125 lbs. and the other is a 6 month old Border Collie/Pit Bull mix who weighs about 50 lbs.) sleep with my husband and me in our bed. I used to suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome until I started having an animal lay in the crook of my knees while I slept. It’s relaxing and I don’t seem to have that problem anymore.

  • Michaela Williams

    All three of my babies sleep in our bedroom, in their crates. The oldest can be trusted out of the crate without getting into anything so, when my hubby works the night shift, she sleeps in bed with me. I also often watch dogs and I set them up in the bedroom as well, as many as can fit. If they can’t sleep with me, I put another dog with them in the other room. I think it’s comforting for them the have the humans close by because they always want to get where we are anyway. I also think it’s made crate training easier because, even though they are in a crate, they are not alone. I’m a very light sleeper but having them in my room actually helps me sleep better. They are my babies and I wouldn’t have it anyother way 🙂

  • I feel the same now!

  • Thanks for sharing. My Lhasas do not come onto my bed as it’s rather high. But they seem to be quite content in their own crates which are next to my bed anyway.

  • Deidra

    I have 5 little ones right now, and all 5 sleep in my bed. They have their spots picked and the 7 of us sleep quite well. I sometimes bring customers dogs home with me, while they are out of town, and they sleep with us too. In all these years, we have only had two incidents. One was a foster dog and a roommates dog. And other was a little guy getting into something… I half woke up, stuck my hand in his mouth to get it out, and I got bit. I’d forgotten he was an only dog and didn’t share well.
    I wouldn’t trade the puppy pile and warm heart beats against mine for the world.

  • Rollos Mom

    I do not feel okay when my baby(40lb pitbull mix) is not with me. My mom tries to steal her all the time!

  • Kim

    My cocker sleeps with me most of the time but some nights she prefers to sleep in the living room or by the door. Is she trying to guard the house or is she mad at me?

  • Maybe she is curious some nights on what is outside

  • Hope you got a king size bed!

  • deidra

    A California king actually. Plenty of room, even when the weimer stayed with us.

  • Fiona

    My cat sleeps beside me on the bed.
    My whippet sleeps with me if I fall asleep on the couch.
    The cat got in first and does not like the dog much.

    I enjoy having an animal at my side or in the bedroom at night.
    Strangely comforting!

  • Sounds like you need a bigger bed then!

  • ShinjisSecret

    I have a nice dog bed for my Shar-Pei right next to my bed. I like having him sleep in my bedroom, but he is not allowed on the bed. I think as long as the dog is not being obnoxious, it is okay for them to sleep in the master’s room. We have a Doberman puppy who is still learning and has tore up 3 or 4 crate beds. After she tore up the one from the crate in the bedroom, we made her go to her other crate at night.

  • Weshill

    I have 2 senior dogs my 15 year old mixed breed Matilda, 40 lbs, and my wive’s chacuaja mix, Minnie, about 8 lbs. Minnie sleeps at the foot of the bed (on the bed) and Matilda on the floor off and on her bed pad. Neither dog has ever slept in a crate. It has been a good arrangement!

  • Angela Gracia Smith

    My two min pin/chihuahuas have a wine crate with a posh blanket. The girl dog sleeps under my night table in her crate and the boy dog sleeps by his dog daddy. When I tried to keep them out of the room, there was a lot of noise, crying and even figuring out how to jump over and break the gate I put up on our bedroom door. I now understand what Clint says… Dogs just want to be near to their owners. They want to give and receive lots of love… Sleeping in my bedroom works beautifully!

  • janeaparis

    I love sleeping with my dog…he is my best friend and he is a comfortable pillow. I would not be happy without him, except sometimes he does hog the bed.

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