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Should You Let Your Chihuahua Sleep With You

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I have heard the controversy over whether letting your dog sleep with you is a good thing or a bad thing. There are actually good arguments for both letting them sleep with you and having them sleep in their own bed.

There are a few health concerns regarding this practice, typically allergies and the risk of disease transmission both from human to dog and from the dog to human, although it’s a rare occurrence.  chihuahua napping woman sleeping

Benefits to Dog Owners of Sleeping with your Dog

Dogs are Warm: As a matter of fact, dogs have a body temperature about 3-6 degrees higher than humans and so, it just may feel good to sleep close to a dog on a cold night since they can really be an efficient means of getting the bed warm.

Such practices like this brought the term “three dog night” in Canadian Maritime Provinces where nights were usually very cold and it was a standard practice to keep dogs around you on your bed to keep you warm.

Dogs Help Us to Relax: Others claim that when they have a dog lie beside them, the rhythmic breathing of the dog can help to lull them to sleep easily.

In addition, a dog around the bed helps to increase the flow of oxytocin also known as the cuddle chemical.

It’s a hormone that is associated with affection, happiness, relaxation, trust, and psychological stability.

A Feeling of Safety: Some people feel that sleeping with a dog beside them helps them to feel safe and gives them a sense of protection.

It doesn’t matter  the size of the dog, especially when they lie in a dark room alone.

With your light-sleeping canine right by your side, he will alert you of anything out of the ordinary around your home, so you have little or nothing to worry throughout the night.

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Benefits to Dogs of Sleeping With their Pet Parent

It Makes Dogs Happy: Some people say that they notice feelings of happiness from their dogs ever since they allowed their dogs to join them on the bed.

Dogs in the wild are known to sleep in packs. And you are the leader of their pack. So they must feel much better having their leader sleeping with them.

They Want to Stretch Out: Most dog beds are designed for circle or curled sleepers. If your dog doesn’t like the doughnut form of her bed as she lies down for the night, she definitely will seek an alternative.

Health Concerns of Sleeping with a Dog

Disease and Parasites: Possibly, the greatest concern dog owner will have about sleeping with their dog is the possibility of contracting a disease or parasites (such as fleas, ticks or worms) from their dogs.

Just be sure you and your pup are healthy and parasite free and all should be fine.

Hurting Your Dog: Being that chihuahuas are so small, you may be afraid you will roll over on him or kick him in your sleep.

If you are an active sleeper, that’s a real possibility. So if you are afraid you will hurt your chi, maybe it would be best to have them sleep in your room, but in their own crate.

Deterrent to Romance: If you sleep with a partner, having dogs in your bed, can make love making awkward.

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Bottom Line: Letting Your Chihuahua on the Bed is Your Choice!

Even though society as a whole may not necessarily approve of co-sleeping with your dog, due to the many benefits you may gain, I’d go for it if you want to.

If it is your choice whether to allow your Chihuahua on your bed with you, case closed!

I myself, share a queen size bed with my 4 dogs. My 3 littles, Lucas, Lucy and Ziggy each have their own little bed with their own soft blanket and they take up much of one side of my bed.

Then Roxy, my big border collie sleeps at the end of the bed.

My dogs are kind enough to leave me the other half of the bed. But on cold nights, I may have one or more snuggling under the covers with me.

So what are your views on letting your dog (or dogs) sleep with you? Do they sleep with you or not? Leave a comment and let us know.

 

 

 

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Allie K

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Im currently single and adopted my chi Stewy in November and he is such a snuggly pup! Ive always had my dogs sleep in my bed, and don't mind sharing space for the snuggles! I love when he gets under the covers with me, which is rare! I will say Stewy wont sleep in a crate (his foster mom warned me and said he just whined and cried), so the first night I gave him a spot at the end of my bed with extra blankets and woke up to him plopping down on my neck/face that night! lol Ever since, he HAS to sleep as close to my face as possible. Sometimes im just too tired to fight it and he ends up laying across my pillow and i lose my pillow, and wake up to his face rested on top of mine! I don't know how to stop this so i just roll with it haha. Even if we're laying on the couch, he wants to come up and lay across my neck!! lol I typically wake up to him moving back and forth across my pillow before laying down and licking my face, best alarm clock ever!

Cathy

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I'm glad Stewy has you as his pet parent. I remember seeing wild dogs in a pack sleep like that with one of their head's laying across the other's head or neck. It must mean something. Maybe a sign of affection or his way of protecting you.

Debbie Trent

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

Yes, my two littles sleep with me. They have to be touching me. And the kick too! And one snores!!! They push me to the edge of a king size bed. They have their own blankets and I have mine.

Cathy

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I always find it funny how such tiny dogs can take up so much room.

Melody M

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

My husband and I have always let our dogs sleep with us. We have had a Weimaraner, a Dachshund and now a Chihuahua. We have loved and love them all. Our Weimaraner would go get in bed and sleep with my son and his girlfriend, now wife in a Queen size bed and he weighed a good 75 lbs. This was when my son came back home after leaving from High School to serve in the Navy. Our Dachshund always jumped off our king size bed that had big mattresses so the bed is up pretty high from the floor. We had a tweenie Dachshund and he never had a back problem. Now our little chihuahua sleeps with me most of the time. She has slept with my husband a few times. Dogs in the bed actually keep me awake at times. I wake up to all their noises and movements, especially when they dream they are running. They make the bed dirty sometimes. They will go outside and get in the bed. Not a problem with a chi. We haven't put up the steps for our chi yet to get in the bed or out when wanting to. Right now he only gets in the bed when I let him. He knows what the word night night mean. He instantly gets under the covers to go to bed. I love knowing were all together and going to sleep together. It just makes your bond closer.

Cathy

Monday 1st of March 2021

It definitely helps with bonding. When you do get him steps, you will probably need to train him how to use them. For some reason many are afraid of them at first. I did it by putting a tiny treat on each step and encouraging them to go up on the step. Praise them every time they do and let them eat the treat, then encourage him to go on the next step. After he's comfortable with going up, work on going down.

Jane Freeman

Sunday 24th of January 2021

I am such a light sleeper that I keep my 2 chi mixes, Nike and Chanel in their Ex large kennel where they love to go in and share a big soft dog bed with 4 or 5 soft fleece baby blankets. We do have snuggle times on the couch many mornings.

Cathy

Monday 25th of January 2021

That's good too that they have each other to snuggle with.

Dede

Monday 18th of January 2021

My Chi sleeps with me every night. He has his own bed and blanket but it’s up on my bed. I feel safer with him there every night. He’s a 10 yr old good boy, very affectionate and loves to cuddle. I love it too!

Cathy

Monday 18th of January 2021

I do the same thing with my dogs. They each have their own little bed with their own blanket on my bed.