Sleeping with Dogs

There have been a number of articles of late about the virtues of and various issues having to do with dogs sleeping with their uprights and Sam wanted to weigh in on the topic. As Sam and Elsa are around 50 lb., that can pose some interesting positioning in a queen sized bed if there are any plans to spread out, but mostly with regard to who gets the pillows. But that’s another issue. Some people think dogs are just too dirty to sleep in bed with their owner. Have you ever had a toddler sleep with you? You suddenly wake up from a dead sleep and gasp…’Oh my gawd, what the heck is THAT smell?” That theory doesn’t hold much water with me. Besides I brush the dogs frequently (even if they may object at the grooming they sure strut their stuff afterwards). Frankly, they’re probably cleaner than me some nights and rarely drool.


And while they don’t sleep with me every night, I enjoy it when they want to cuddle. “Cuddle” being the operative word. Notice I didn’t say “hog,” guys?

So why do dogs and people like to sleep together? I can think of a number of reasons. First, who doesn’t enjoy the comfort of a warm body next to you in the middle of the night? And the sweet rhythmic breathing makes the pawfect white noise if you need it. It’s all good until a certain Ninja starts snoring, but I digress.

Their presence promotes calm and a feeling of safety. It’s also a great stress reliever. If you’re into meditation, it’s easy to listen to the deep breathing of dogs. When you concentrate on the breaths, it’s easier to fall and stay asleep. Who isn’t in need of a little stress relief? Besides, don’t you just love those little puppy sighs and dream whimpers.

Soon enough winter will be upon us and that means it’ll definitely be a two-dog night. Sure there are down comforters, but there’s nothing quite like a dog next to you for staying warm on a cold winter’s night.

Finally, the unconditional love dogs provide can help ward off depression. Many of our patients ask if Sam can get up on the bed with them and if there aren’t lots of tubes or wires, we’re happy to accommodate their request. Plus your dog enjoys it too when they’re hogging the pillows lying next to you. It’s a safe guess you probably figured out I’m definitely in the “it’s fine and dandy” category. Which camp are you in?

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

119 thoughts on “Sleeping with Dogs

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  2. YeevanieShepherd

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  3. NylabluesMum

    My 1st dog Rebecca (Foxhound) used to get under the covers & sleep at our feet. Best foot warmer EVER!!!
    My 2nd dog Bogart Sam (Husky/Shepherd cross) used to share the double bed with my hubby & I. Many a night I’d roll over to *kiss* Wesley ‘Good Night’ & end up kissing a dog muzzle….Bogart Sam was such a clown!!!
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen 🙂

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      Haha. With a name like Sam…I’m not surprised about the clown part! Even though I have to wash the duvet cover more often, I still like it when the pups sleep with me. Love hearing their breathing. And cute noises (except for Elsa’s snoring!).

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      1. NylabluesMum

        Literally Bogart Sam thought he was a star! He would sit with an unlit cigarette in his mouth for photos to be taken…
        One time we went out for a Police call in a hurry. Left an UNOPENED pack of Hall’s cherry cough drops on Highboy dresser…..
        We came back 1 1/2 hrs later…the house smelled like cherries….Bogart Sam had cherry breath. Cough drops GONE>>>where was the outer wrapper & the individual wrappers???
        We looked around; Bogart Sam threw up on the carpet…a real ‘cherry’ of a mess! We cleaned him up & snuggled with him. And then Wesley found the wrappers safely HIDDEN behind the couch….what a D-O-G!!!! 🙂

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  4. animalnurse1

    The pups are part of the family, and your part of their pack. Why wouldn’t you want to cuddle up together. It’s natural when you look at it like that. 🐾👍

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  5. Beth

    I only have a full bed, so when I have a 50-lb. dog, a 30-lb. dog, and a 13-lb. cat all in the bed at once, it can be hard to find a spot for me, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I like to think that they’re helping me work on my flexibility as I have to sleep in such strange positions to not fall out of bed 🙂

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  6. Chester

    I never have nightmares. But when my human does, she wakes up and squeezes me a little closer (as if I might be afraid!) It seems to help her. ❤

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  7. Anarette

    Ms Zulu tends to snore and my husband is opposed, so it’s a no in our house. However, a dog bed managed to get into the bedroom (no I did not put it there but a certain upright did…) so who knows what the future holds. Happy snoring. A

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  8. CarolMaeWY

    We let the dogs sleep with us because I love it. Hubby used to work rotating night and day shifts so of course I had the dogs in bed. Bear will usually get up and leave during the night but he is back in the morning. Sammy is a cuddly little guy. He even gets closer when there is a high wind. How is that possible? I miss my huge back cuddler. Can’t teach that.

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  10. kaitlynd

    I LOVE it when my dog sleeps in our bed. Our Boston loves to cuddle. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t like her in our bed! I always fall asleep faster when she is with me.

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  11. adventuredawgs

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up spooning Piper with Jack at my feet, Leo burrowed under the blankets, and a cat on my shoulder. Thankfully it’s a king-sized bed. And don’t even get me started on the snoring! Three squishy-faced dogs = a whole ton of snores.

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  12. Nylabluesmum

    LadyMum sayss hsee iss inn thee sleep with yur doggiess an katss camp fur sure!
    An shee sayss shee used to have Three Doggie Nite…mee thott shee meened thee band, mew mew mew….
    ~~head rubss~~ Siddhartha Henry~~

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  13. Molly O'Hara

    Both doggies are in our bed. We are lucky that they are small-ish, Callie’s 18lbs and prefers to sleep up against my wife’s legs, Charlie’s still a puppy, and he curls up between our pillows or faces for a while before he joins Callie at the bottom of the bed. I wish they were cuddlier. Of course, I’m not known to be a peaceful sleeper so that might have something to do with it.

    It’s a queen size bed, and we used to have a 5/6/7 yr old popping in during the middle of the night/early morning, and we used to let the cats in until they decided to be incredibly annoying. Cats got kicked out, kiddo finally is fully removed, and now we are planning on getting pregnant! LOL. I think we need to buy a king size bed. Particularly as we are planning on another dog in a couple years.

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      Oh my gosh…you guys have quite the ‘pack’ in bed. With your plans, I think a king is probably a good call for a good night’s sleep. 😃 And thank you for swinging by the Ranch. We ❤︎ visitors.

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  14. Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

    Oh, I love this post! While all the Huskies love to sleep nearby, my baby boy Wolf (who weighs in at 70 lbs) just loves to be in bed at my feet! He started to come up in bed back when I was sick for awhile. Now he stays. I think he has taken it on as his job to be sure I’m okay! Or…he likes the a/c! I do love it in the winter – he’s like having on an extra pair of cozy wooly socks! He’s actually a very polite sleeper! There is something so calm and serene with them so close by. ❤ Love all your great pics!

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      Yes, those ‘wooly socks’ in winter are paradise for us circulatory challenged. Having a therapy dog, I know all too well how they stay tuned into their uprights. Sam practiced on me when I was recovering from an accident. Don’t know what I would have done without him!

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  15. Jan K

    Luke is so good about getting himself right between the hubby’s and my pillows, though he does on some occasions take up more room than he needs to. But I don’t like it when he’s not with us. Cricket sleeps by Dad’s legs, and that little girl is quite the snorer…but I find her snoring relaxing!

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  16. Eliza

    Teddy can be very still, so he could technically sleep with us all night and I wouldn’t mind one bit. Luna, on the other hand, is a wiggler. We enjoy snuggles but then it is off to the dog beds if I want to get any sleep!

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  17. rubytheairedale

    I sometimes sleep with Ma, butts I tend to be a hot dog, so I likes to move around a lot, so it’s up and down, in the bedroom then to the family room, then I waits til Ma gets up and I rub my hinnie on her pillow…hehehehe what?? ☺ (oh, don’t tells her that last part…)
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  18. idaho pugranch

    Years ago we had a king size bed for us and five pugs. After time there was three and we decided to downsize to a queen. The salesman got a kick out of us laying on the mattress trying to determine if there was room for us and the pugs. Mabel goes to bed every night snuggled up to me – most of the time under the covers! Hazel sleeps by my feet – always on top of the covers.

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  19. carathediabeticwonderdog

    I am currently sleeping on the couch with 4 small dogs. It’s not that I don’t like the bed, but I recently lost my foster mom cat, and the 2 cats she fostered are having trouble recovering fromher loss, so no dogs in the bedroom for the time being. My dogs/foster dogs may be small, but they fill up all the leftover space, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  20. M. K. Clinton

    Pierre sleeps next to me whenever he wants but Bentley is not allowed on the bed for safety reasons. He can’t jump off like Pierre without the possibility of injuring his Basset back. We used to sleep with two German Shepherds so we don’t mind the company at all.

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  21. Sam

    We, too, are in the “it’s fine and dandy” category! Two dogs, two cats, and two people in a king size bed – it can get crowded! But we wouldn’t have it any other way…

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  22. Michael (GoldenKali.com)

    I have cuddle time with the girls on their beds before I get into mine and I can totally appreciate all the virtues of a full night together you point out. But we’re in the “not allowed on the bed or furnature” camp. Kali convinced me to let her “try it out” a couple of years ago but she squeezed me almost out of space. I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and when I returned she had repositioned herself to take the remaining space I had when I Got up. So that was that. Coincidentally my daughter’s 10 pound Smokey is with us this week and he has full bed and furniture privileges. Kali and Kloe can’t figure that one out because to them he’s just another dog and they don’t have an appreciation for the 50 and 70 pound weight difference between him and them. Plus when the girls get to rumbling the top of a couch or chair is the only safe place for Smokey.

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      That ‘no dogs on the furniture’ rule tends to be v.e.r.y. flexible around the Ranch. More often than not, I sit on the floor and look up to see the entire sofa covered in dog! LOL Enjoy your visitor this week…’ruff-housing’ and all.

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  23. pibblelife

    My humom doesn’t have a choice because I always hop into bed before she does. (But she’s okay with it as long as I don’t kick her too much BOL!) I like using her feet as a pillow sometimes and other times when I’m still a little restless I play with her hands until I fall asleep.

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  24. FACE Foundation

    Love that pic of those two cuties on the bed…they look so comfortable! One of my two cats is a real snuggler. Sometimes he’ll wake you up to get attention by walking on you or meowing, but other times you’ll just wake up and find him sleeping in the crook of your legs behind your knees. A warm purring cat is a great sleep aid!

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  25. alexalily

    untill she was house broken lily slept in a crate at night in our bedroom. since then she has slept with us. usually at the bottom of the bed on my side but sometimes she will wiggle her way to sleep in between us with her head on my pillow. snuggle time with a 60lb furry mutt. love it!
    she shares the bed with our cat who likes to sleep between hubbys feet.
    our bed would feel so empty and lonely with out them.
    when lily was a just a few weeks old I would have her lying next to me while I read. sometimes she would squeal in her sleep. the first time it happened it scared the hell outta me. I was terrified something was wrong with her. thankfully she out grew that stage and now just barks sometimes.

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  26. evilsquirrel13

    My cats are banished from the bedroom when it’s time to turn in because I am the ultimate believer in completely undisturbed sleep (No phone either, emergencies can always wait until I wake up). I don’t even like sleeping in the same room with others let alonehave another person or animal in my bed with me. I’m not a germophobe by any means, I just prefer to have slumberland all to myself…

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  27. mommakatandherbearcat

    I don’t see an issue with “sharing” a bed (that boy can take up an entire queen size bed when he’s motivated). I always sleep better when Bear’s with me. It hasn’t always been that way – when I adopted him, he always wanted to be ON me or next to me … it made me really uncomfortable. But it was very obvious that that kind of closeness was what he needed, so I spent some time adjusting and going outside of my comfort zone. Now, I don’t sleep as well without him there. Bonus? Cats have higher body temperatures than we do … it’s like snuggling with a furnace 😉

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  28. maxwellthedog

    The AJF will sometimes complain that her night’s rest was disturbed by the sound of “old man snoring.” Well, surprise, for once it’s not me who is the target of her aspersions – it’s the 16 pound Malt that makes an incredible amount of noise when deeply sleeping! Nevertheless we can’t imagine not having him up with us and he even has his own flight of stairs to access his sleeping spot.

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  29. Life is Ruff

    Oh my dog, I love this post I have thought about making some of these before about sleeping with dogs. Anyhow we have three dogs all 70 plus pounds and they all sleep with us (every single night.) Alcide sleeps in the middle, Paisley will either sleep by our feet or she will spoon with me and Hayley will either spoon with me (if Paisley isn’t) or with my fiance’. I love sleeping with dogs people always have comments about how we are crazy or that it’s gross because they are dirty. I actually take pride in how clean my dogs are. We bathe them, they get their nails trimmed, teeth brushed and brushed frequently I always make jokes that our dogs are probably cleaner than alot of children haha (I am a clean freak) We also wash our bedding once a week as well. I to love the comfort of having my dogs right there when I fall asleep and when I wake up. Luckily we have a huge king size bed so it’s not too crowded.

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  30. Amy

    Years ago with my first schnauzer Freda and her 30 lb sidekick Sammy: I spooned Freda and Sammy slept with his back against mine. Lexi slept with us whenever she wanted, but hated being touched during the night, so often got off the bed. Lucy and Riley don’t sleep on my bed because they are too big and shed way, way too much. But Lucy sleeps on her own bed on the floor near us.I’m sure our next schnauzer will be in the bed with us.

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  31. easyweimaraner

    I change the bedding twice per week and I can not imagine a night without the little hobbit in my bed. There is only one issue: he sleeps on my head and it looks like I’m wearing a crazy hat ;o) (and I better don’t talk about my hairstyle in the morning )

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  32. lapaylor

    My lab Chelsea slept with me and I was single so there was room. She got lots of baths so she was quite clean. Cole never wanted to be on our bed. He had his space in the room. Milo pined for the big bed from the time he came home. We started him in the crate for about two months, then cuddles turned into full nights with us. In the hotel room his barking could get us thrown out so we took him in with us there, and kennel back at home. Finally we gave in and he’s so much better during the day after sleeping with us at night. That sealed the deal.
    It helps that he likes to squeeze up next to my husband so I have more room!

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  33. colinandray

    Sounds good Monika… unless you have an almost 80lbs Ray who insists on stretching out in any direction he sets his mind to; who goes for a jog quite frequently in his sleep; is a very loud snorer; will often break out into an attention getting bark; sheds like crazy (nothing like a stray dog hair** on your face for a good sound sleep), and has been known to drool!

    ** a stray hair off a dog, or a hair of a stray dog……….. your choice!”

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      1. colinandray

        Hi Molly. It’s not that I stop him but more that he spreads over the whole width of the bed, and at the pillows end! If he is there first, then I have to squeeze in as best I can, and slowly nudge him over. He eventually gets off the bed and goes elsewhere. On isolated occasions when I have gone to sleep with him there, he is gone when I wake up, but I am an active/mobile sleeper so……………..!

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