The Great Debate: Dog Beds vs. Human Beds – Which is Best for Your Canine Companion?

As dog owners, we often face the dilemma of where our furry friends should sleep – in their own designated beds or snuggled up with us in our own beds. This debate has sparked numerous discussions among pet enthusiasts, with passionate arguments on both sides. Each option comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and ultimately, the decision depends on various factors including your lifestyle, your dog’s preferences, and any specific health considerations.
My own dogs, Maya and Lucia actually prefer to sleep together in a dog bed and more recently have chosen to sleep on a Dog Bean Bag we were kindly gifted by Great Bean Bags. According to my spaniels this bed is the ultimate in luxury and comfort. I have actually taken a nap on it myself as I got a bit jealous watching them relax, and it would be a safe bet that I have already hit the Great Bean Bags site perusing the human versions!
The Dog Bean Bag has a really tough and washable cover (you can jet wash them or put them under the shower) and is available in a choice of colours and sizes. The Bean Bag is very popular with my spaniels and it is actually Maya’s top choice now when she takes a snooze.

Maya and Lucia are as happy sleeping in a dog bed as they are having access to the human bed.  As we travel a fair bit it was important to me to train them only to get on my bed if invited and the girls are more than happy with that arrangement.

Anyway, let’s delve into the pros and cons of both scenarios I mentioned above to help you make an informed choice for your beloved canine companion.

Advantages of Dogs Sleeping in Dog Beds:

  1. Independence: Providing your dog with their own bed can promote independence and autonomy. It gives them a designated space that they can call their own, which can be especially beneficial for dogs who prefer their own territory. I also find that taking my dog’s own beds on holiday really helps them to settle which is important as many dog-friendly accommodations understandably would prefer our dogs stay off the furniture.
  2. Comfort and Support: Dog beds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials designed to cater to different breeds and preferences. Orthopedic beds, for instance, offer extra support for dogs with joint issues or older pets, ensuring they get a good night’s sleep without exacerbating any existing health conditions. Similarly the Donut style dog beds cocoon the dog and can help to make them less anxious.
  3. Hygiene: Having a designated dog bed can help maintain cleanliness in your home. Dog beds are often washable, making it easier to keep them clean and free from dirt, hair, and odours. This can be particularly advantageous for individuals with allergies.

Disadvantages of Dogs Sleeping in Dog Beds:

  1. Loneliness: Some dogs may feel isolated or lonely when sleeping away from their human companions. This can be particularly challenging for highly social or needy breeds that thrive on human interaction and companionship. Honestly, my dogs usually prefer to sleep together rather than on the human bed,  but maybe that is because my partner snores haha.

Advantages of Dogs Sleeping in Human Beds:

  1. Bonding and Comfort: Sharing your bed with your dog can strengthen the bond between you and provide them with a sense of security and comfort. Many dogs enjoy the warmth and closeness of sleeping next to their human companions, which can be reassuring, especially during times of stress or anxiety.
  2. Temperature Regulation: Dogs are sensitive to temperature changes, and sleeping in your bed allows them to benefit from your body heat, keeping them warm and cosy, particularly during colder months.
  3. Convenience: For some pet owners, allowing their dog to sleep in their bed is simply a matter of convenience. It eliminates the need for purchasing and maintaining a separate dog bed, and some find the night time companionship comforting.

Disadvantages of Dogs Sleeping in Human Beds:

  1. Disruption of Sleep: Dogs are notorious for tossing and turning throughout the night, which can disrupt your sleep patterns, although Lucia does not move much to be fair.  Additionally, larger breeds may take up a significant amount of space, leaving you cramped and uncomfortable, I will admit that when Akita’s were my breed of choice, I did not invite them to sleep on my bed, ever!
  2. Hygiene Concerns: Some say sharing your bed with a pet can raise concerns about hygiene and cleanliness. Dogs may track dirt, hair, and outdoor debris into your bed, increasing the risk of allergies or bacterial infections. Personally my spaniels do not sleep under the covers for those reasons, mind you when we camp Lucia has been known to creep into a sleeping bag!
  3. Behavioural Issues: Allowing your dog to sleep in your bed can inadvertently reinforce undesirable behaviours such as possessiveness or separation anxiety, however arguably, in my opinion, a dog being made to sleep alone if they are needy could amplify the same behaviours.

I don’t know, ultimately, whether your dog sleeps in their own bed or yours is a personal decision that should take into account your lifestyle, preferences, and your dog’s individual needs. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, and what works for one dog may not work for another. The key is to strike a balance between providing comfort and companionship for your pet while also maintaining a harmonious living environment for both you and your furry friend. Whether they curl up in their own cosy dog bed or snuggle up with you under the covers, what matters most is that your dog feels loved, safe, and secure.  A compromise could be to have a dog bed or bean bag in your bedroom.

Love Sal, Maya and Lucia xx

 The Dog Bean Bag mentioned in this article was kindly gifted to us by Great Bean Bags