Are you wondering if you should let your dog sleep in your bed? There are a few health benefits that may convince you that you should!
“It’s only for one night.” I think most dog owners have said that before. If you’re like me, that one night turned into a nightly ritual. This nightly ritual is something I look forward to every night.
As we prepare for bed, I’ll look down at my dog and say, “Is it bedtime?” The pure excitement on his face as he rushes to grab the perfect toy to cuddle with in bed is enough reason to keep letting him sleep in our bed.
Though some dog owners still crate their pups at night, there are many health benefits to consider for allowing your pup in your bed!
Health Benefit 1: Dogs Promote Heart Health
Spending time with your dog can make your heart happy. It gives you that boost of energy and you can’t help but smile! But did you know dogs can make your heart physically happy?
Health Benefit 2: Dogs Can Improve Your Mental Stability
The “pet effect” not only does wonders for the hearts of their owners, but it also helps with their mental state. In a recent study, it was found that 74% of pet owners had improvements in their mental health! Part of this reason could be because of the love chemical.
According to Stanley Coren, Ph.D., when you have contact with your dog, it increases the flow of oxytocin, also known as the love chemical. The activation of the love chemical can actually decrease the many symptoms of depression and reduce stress. There really is no love like the love between an owner and their dog — of course this relationship would reduce stress!
Health Benefit 3: You Sleep More Soundly with Your Dog
I sometimes have a hard time falling asleep. For years, I suffered from insomnia. But once my dog started sleeping in my bed, I noticed improvements!
If you are struggling to sleep, maybe try letting your dog sleep in your bed for the night. It might be just what you need to have a restful night’s sleep.
If these 3 health reasons aren’t enough to convince you to allow your dog to sleep in your bed, consider this: When dogs sleep in your bed, it strengthens your bond with them! This can make the training process much easier and lets your dog know they are in your pack.
So, will you be letting your dog cuddle up in your bed?