“I think it really stems from this idea that dogs should be separated from the best parts of the house – they shouldn’t be in the kitchen, the dining room, on the couch or on the bed,” Dr said. Horowitz. “For some reason there is this feeling that we have to maintain our dominance over them by having full possession of these things. It sounds ridiculous because it is ridiculous.
Dr Horowitz said that when his dogs, Finnegan, a lab mix, and Upton, a Danish mastiff and greyhound mix, started cluttering the bed, the solution in his house was not to kick them out, but to “expand the size of our bed.”
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“They are getting older, so they can’t jump on the bed anymore,” she said. “In fact, we have to lift them off the bed. But this is the best place. It is a comfortable place. This is where we are.
Dr. Horowitz recently had a new puppy, a mixture of Schnauzer and Cattle dogs named Quiddity, who sleeps with his son. She said if someone is having trouble sleeping because of a dog, they should try to find another comfortable place for the animal to enjoy. “They don’t need to sleep in the bed,” she says. “Find another place this spectacularly good – or maybe they want to sleep with your son.”
One question the Mayo Clinic study didn’t address was how sleep changes for dog owners if the dog gets out of bed. A few times my dog Maddie has chosen to sleep elsewhere, and I wake up even more wondering where she is. When that happens, I will pick her up and bring her back to bed.
When Jamie Contreras and her husband, who live near Portland, Ore., Had their bulldog puppy, Cooper, they planned for him to sleep in a crate next to the bed. But soon the dog made it clear that he wanted to be on the bed. As the dog grew, it became apparent that there wasn’t enough room for everyone – so the couple bought a king-size bed.
Today, almost 12 years later, the 83-pound dog’s nighttime routine involves sleeping under the covers between Ms Contreras and her husband. Often times, the dog will move on the blankets at night, pinning the couple under the sheets. Sometimes Cooper runs and kicks in his dreams.