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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.

man sleeping with chihuahua

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.

young woman and chihuahua sleeping in bed

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.

 

 

 

Amanda Drake

Friday 7th of January 2022

We have a 2 pound Chi named Bella who sleeps right up against me. If go potty durin the nite, shes right with me. Then we have our 160 pound Great Pyr that sleeps in hallway. Our cat Blu that sleeps only on my husbands side between his ankles. We thankfully have a Cali king bed so all stay comfy with plenty of room. Noway could i sleep any other way. I suffer from from debilitating insomnia for yrs. If i got 2 hours sleep a night, i was thankful. Havin the cat purr so loud soon put me right to sleep. Then Bellas heat against me did it! I now get 4 to 5 hours sleep each night. Animals really are so comforting & bring so much calmness & serenity to the human soul. They are a blessing like no other!! ~Amanda~ Oklahoma City💗 🐶🐱

Cathy

Friday 7th of January 2022

They are indeed a blessing like no other. Thanks for sharing Amanda!

Gina

Friday 24th of December 2021

My Chi Missy slept with me for 15 years. From the first day she came home with me as a puppy thru the last night she lived, she had to be either on top of me or snug up against me. Even if I just laid down for a nap, she was there. She and I both loved it. She passed a few weeks ago, and without her snuggles and the sound of her breathing, I have trouble going to sleep. My other dog Toby (who I am told is probably a PomChi) joined us from a rescue at the age of 3 years, is now 14.5 years old. Apparently his original owner was very strict. I had to teach Toby that he is welcome on the couch and bed, and can come to me for attention whenever he wants. But even after 11.5 years, he still will not sleep with me. He will sit or lay on the couch with me, but as soon as I lay down, he wants his afghan piled on the floor near my bed. Each dog has their own personality and needs.

Cathy

Friday 24th of December 2021

Yes they definitely have their own personalities. I can imagine how hard it is to sleep without your Missy. I'm so sorry you lost her.

Tuesday 21st of December 2021

My chihuahua sleeps whit me and thats fine she cuddles close and keeps warm shes my baby !

Cathy

Tuesday 21st of December 2021

I'm sure she loves cuddling with you at night.

Denise

Friday 10th of December 2021

Yep! My little Chihuahua, Henry, sleeps with me. We're both light sleepers so I've never rolled over on him. Besides, he'd give me the evil eye if i took more than the 1/3 of the bed he so graciously gives me. Lately though as he's reached his 19th year and incontinence has become an issue he has to sleep in his own bed. I miss the little bed hog. And his snorting when he decides to go under the covers and gets the blanket fuzz in his mouth. But as for body warmth nope, his little body doesn't seem to give off much heat. It's my heat he's after.

Cathy

Friday 10th of December 2021

Have you thought of putting a doggy diaper on him at night so he can still sleep with you?

KM

Thursday 18th of November 2021

Becoming a dog Mom has been the single best thing that has ever occurred in my life. My pup, Duke, a rescue dog who adopted me as his parent in 2012, is literally my child. He’s a mix of a Chihuahua and an Italian Greyhound, and he’s approximately 12-13 years old. He didn’t sleep in my bed with me for about a year. But after going on a vacation, in which I was missing him like crazy-one night I let him up onto my bed to sleep. Now I cannot imagine him not sleeping at night with me in my bed-he’s such a comfort to have sleeping besides me. I would highly recommend letting your pup sleep in your bed with you!! Pets are our babies!!

Cathy

Thursday 18th of November 2021

Yes they are our babies and should sleep with us if they want to.