Does Your Pet Sleep in Your Bed?
Published on Thursday, 28 October 2010
If the answer is Yes, that could mean a lot more health issues than you realise. While pets give us unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, they can also give us insomnia, asthma, and other related respiratory problems. By letting them sleep in our beds, we are actually exposing ourselves to much more causes of pet allergies. If you already have some form of pet allergy, you should let your body rest by keeping your bedroom pet-free.
Health issues aren’t the only thing you need to worry about when you let your pet sleep with you. Behaviourists say “[when you let your pet dog sleep on your bed] you are sending them the signal that they are sharing in your leadership, and this signal is likely to at least eventually carry over into other aspects of their pack life.” By this, they mean that dogs will come to feel that they are your leader.
When you give up your leadership to a dog, you are making him responsible for your safety. How nerve wracking it must be to be suddenly thrust into a position of leadership without having to earn it, only to not have the ability to keep an eye on his pack 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. After all, you leave the house to go somewhere almost every day. How is he supposed to protect you as your leader when you’re not there? Now he has to deal with separation anxiety.
Letting your dog sleep on your bed lays out a whole host of new problems. Dogs that are in a position of leadership without a struggle are likely to experience significant anxiety when you walk out the door without them. This can lead to other behavioral problems in some dogs, like chewing, marking, and barking. Other dogs will simply hold a vigil every day until you get back. How fair is that? He should be at home doing what dogs do, not stressing over your whereabouts and waiting for your return like a father on the night of his daughter’s first date.
For the sake of your health and your pet’s sanity, let Fido sleep on the floor.