Should I allow my dog on the furniture?
It is totally up to you. Decide this before you bring your dog home and be consistent. It is hard to teach a dog to stay off the furniture if he was allowed before. Dogs do not get on the furniture to be dominant. They do so to be closer to you or to lay on something softer than their bed.
Is there any reason as to why a dog should not be allowed on the furniture?
Dog’s are social animals and you may notice that your dog wants to be on your bed or sofa with you. You may even notice that the dog prefers these areas even if you’re not around. Allowing your dog on your furniture does mean you are creating a dominance problem or is it counterintuitive to training.
The question is really simple, do you want your dog on the furniture? If you are worried about furniture getting dirty (it will) or possibly damaged (it might) training your dog to stay off the furniture is the path for you. But if that doesn’t bother you, enjoy snuggling with your pet!
Sharing Your Bed with Your Pet
Being near an animal can increase our levels of oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.” Some owners like the rhythmic sound of their animal’s breathing, and claim that it helps them get to sleep faster.
Sleeping with a dog can make you feel safe, as larger dogs could fend off an intruder, and any size dog will start barking if anyone tried to break into your house or apartment.
For all the benefits of having a pet, it’s important to be aware of the possible risks, and how to prevent problems.
If You Need to Move Your Pet to Another Room
One reason your pet may enjoy sleeping in your bed is that they’re in a great strategic position where they can see everything happening around them. They may also like the extra warmth they get from sleeping with their owners.
If for whatever reason you need them to not sleep in the bed with you, it’s recommended that you do it gradually. Before you start the transition, add a blanket to your bed that they sleep on that you can later add to their new sleep spot so they associate sleep with their new bed.
Start by having them sleep in their own crate or bed near your bed. You can put toys or treats in their new space so they associate their new space with things they like, and not feel that it’s a punishment. Gradually move their bed further from yours, until you can move them into another room.