Do you sleep with your dog on the side? I can’t say I blame you. When you sleep with your dog at your foot or at the side, it’s like having a sleeping blanket. You get a sense of assurance. It also feels because this is a member of your family. Your dog is probably the only organism on planet Earth that would love you all the way to the end.
That is not an exaggeration. If you don’t believe me, do a search on Google News for all the instances when a dog willingly gave up its life for its master because it loves its master that much. Please understand that your dog is not loyal to you because you have dog food.
Even if you stop feeding it and start treating it horribly, it will repay your maltreatment with even more love. There’s nothing that compares to dogs when it comes to unfiltered, uncut, and unadulterated love, faithfulness, and companionship.
It is no surprise that a lot of people basically sleep with their dog on the side or near their feet. The problem with this, of course, is that sometimes you have to get up and go to the bathroom and your dog might have to be pushed on the side.
Also, let’s face it. You want your own privacy. As much as you think that your dog is a member of the family, and it is, everybody needs their own space. In fact, in the typical American family, every family member has their own room.
This is not always the case with other cultures. In fact, this is one practice that is primarily Western in orientation. When you look at Eastern and Southeast Asian cultures, it’s not unusual for a baby to sleep in the middle of its parents until it’s fairly grown. Maybe the cutoff is five, six, ten or even right before the kid becomes a teenager. Whatever the case may be, some cultures trade autonomy for strong family bonds.
However, when it comes to dogs, many people have different expectations. If privacy is very big for you, then it’s probably a good idea for you to get a sleeping bed for your four-legged companion.
Besides privacy, other good reasons involve allergies. Please understand that a lot of pet owners actually keep dogs around even though all the prolonged exposure can lead them to sneezing fits. This happens quite a bit.
The secret to successfully navigating this issue, of course, is for you to regulate your exposure to your pet. In other words, you’re not cutting off your pet. You’re not kicking out your pet. You’re not swearing off keeping a dog. You’re not doing any of those extreme things. Instead, you’re just basically setting clear lines where your pet is going to spend its time and where you’re going to spend your time.
Please understand that the eight hours you sleep is a vulnerable time for you because any allergens or pollutants or anything nasty floating in the air or in the surface of your sheets can get in your system. You can experience all sorts of allergic reactions and, believe me, it can get quite nasty. It can range from runny eyes, uncontrollable sneezing, even a low-grade fever. It is not a pretty sight.
So, do yourself a very big favor. If you are prone to these conditions and if you can see the value in essentially limiting your prolonged contact with your canine companion, then invest in a sleeping bed for your dog.
The good news is your dog is probably not going to mind. Nine times out of ten, unless you have a very clingy and emotionally needy dog, they wouldn’t care. The key is to invest in a dog’s sleeping that is reasonably comfortable. If anything it should be just as comfortable as your bed.
The good news is there are many types and many brands and models of sleeping beds currently available in the market. So, do yourself a big favor. Look into that if you want to segregate your dog for health, anti-allergy, and sanitary reasons.
You might Want to Get Some Space if Your Dog is Particularly Noisy
Let’s get real here. A lot of dogs, regardless of how much love they get; regardless of how much you accept them; and regardless of how much assurance and caresses you give them, simply can’t shut up. You know it; I know it; everybody knows it.
You really can’t blame the dog. That’s their temperament. That is their personality. Just like a family member, you have to accept people for what they are. That’s the name of the game. When you’re in a family, you accept family members one hundred percent because that’s who they are. You love them no matter what.
If your dog is very insecure and that’s why it’s yapping up a storm or it’s immature or for whatever reason, then it’s a good idea to probably take it from your sleeping quarters and give it a space of its own with its own sleeping bed. Its own space may be as simple as a corner in your bedroom or in another room.
This is not rocket science so it’s easy to understand why you would want to separate your bed from your dog. All that barking can definitely get in the way of your sleeping scheduled. This is particularly problematic if you work at night. So, do yourself a big favor. Invest in a good sleeping bed for your pet if your pet tends to be on the noisy side.
Keep the tips above in mind if you are still on the fence regarding getting a sleeping bed for your four-legged companion. A lot of people have done it before you. It’s not really that big of a deal. The most important thing to keep in mind here is the comfort and safety of your dog.
Make sure you study the surface of the sleeping bed product. Make sure that it’s designed properly so it doesn’t store up your pets hair or otherwise become a breeding ground for disease or parasites.