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.