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How to Safely Snuggle Up With Your Pup [Expert Advice]

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Sometimes, we pet owners can’t help but cuddle up with our furry friends at bedtime. In fact, 56% of dog owners love to sleep close to their pets. Thankfully, despite a few rumors that have been disproven, sleeping with your dog is perfectly safe.

That said, in order to ensure that everyone involved stays comfortable and healthy, there are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind, which we’ve outlined below.

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1. Designate a Space for Them

As much as you might want your dog to share the pillow next to you, this may not be the most hygienic option, nor the option that will guarantee you the best sleep. Dogs may track dirt into the house or carry fleas without you knowing. They may also wake you up in the middle of the night with their snores, yelps, and puppy kicks.

While you don’t necessarily have to buy a new doggy bed and put it in the corner of the room for your pooch, you’ll want to designate a space for them to sleep every night that won’t interfere with the quality of your sleep. One great option, depending on the size of your dog, is to lay down a sheet and have them sleep next to your feet at the foot of your bed.

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2. Step Up Your Cleanliness

If you do end up sharing your bed with your furbaby, you may want to consider washing your sheets more often. Dogs shed and can carry some funky smells which easily rub off onto sheets and comforters.

Even further, it might be a good idea to start bathing your dog more regularly to prevent them from smelling up your sheets to begin with. This is especially important if you’re prone to allergies.

3. Get Them Plenty of Exercise

Many dog breeds need lots of exercise – at least a walk a day – to be able to relax and sleep through the night. Unless you don’t mind your dog waking you up in the middle of the night asking to play, you’ll want to make sure they get the exercise they need.

Getting plenty of exercise on a daily basis can be a major challenge, especially in the midst of a busy work week. Dogs can be a great motivator to get outside and get your steps in! Don’t feel like you have to just go on walks with your dog – there are plenty of fun activities that can get both you and your dog up and moving.

4. Set Boundaries

Before you invite your dog into the bedroom, make sure you have a plan for where you do and don’t want them to sleep. Don’t let your dog on your bed one day if you don’t want them to sleep on the bed every day, as this may confuse them and blur any boundaries you had set. Setting boundaries is an important habit in any relationship, and your relationship with your dog is no different! 

5. Stick to a Bedtime Routine

Dogs are creatures of habit. They love their routines almost as much as they love spending quality time with their owners. There’s no better way to bond with your dog and teach them what “bedtime” means than to create a bedtime routine with them.

This may involve going to bed at the same time every night, bringing them with you as you lock your doors and windows, feeding them a “good boy” or “good girl” treat at bedtime, or having them lay on the bathroom floor with you as you brush your teeth. Whatever your routine may be, it’s important that you keep it consistent so that your dog learns the bedtime drill.

If you enjoyed the tips above and are interested in learning more tips for sleeping with dogs as well as the benefits it can offer, check out Tommy John’s visual below.

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