One of the biggest issues with sharing your bed with your dog is sleep. Dogs move around a lot more and can disrupt your sleep. It can also go the other way since dogs are very light sleepers.
Unfortunately, there are some health concerns that come from sharing a bed with your dog. Dogs can carry fleas and ticks and bring them into your bed. Many dogs are on medicines that protect them from the bites of these types of pests, but that doesn’t mean your dog isn’t carrying them around from time to time. They die off if they don’t have a food source. However, if you share a bed with your dog, that food source could be you!
Dogs can also carry a number of diseases that are contagious to humans. Regular vet checkups will detect these types of sickness, but when sharing your bed, your dog may give something to you before it is detected.
Some people believe that sharing a bed with your dog can create dominant or spoiled behavior. This has not been proven. However, in the world of dog training, we have found that allowing an anxious dog to sleep in your bed can sometimes increase their anxiety. Dogs can feel anxious about protecting their owners. They start to feel “on guard”.
This behavior can be displayed in many different ways, sometimes mistaken for dominance. When we allow them to sleep with us, some dogs feel they must stay on guard all day AND all night. This can be very problematic and stressful for your dog. A professional dog trainer will be able to help you figure out if this is an issue your dog is dealing with. Sometimes these dogs do better sleeping in their own space.
Some dogs simply do not like sleeping with their owners. They will often remove themselves from the bed and roam the house. This can cause disruptions in your sleep. It can also give your dog a chance to get into something they should not, like the trash.