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Where should your dog sleep at night?

The fact is, in answer to the question ‘where should your dog sleep at night’ the answer is, wherever it makes sense for you and your dog. Yes, there are options but the right answer should be where all parties are settled and feel comfortable.


There are some factors to be taken into consideration such as your dog's size, age and temperament, plus your own preferences of course, so here’s some common options to think about:

In Your Bedroom:

Many experts recommend allowing your dog to sleep in your bedroom. There’s no better way of strengthening the bond between you and your pet and provide a sense of security for both parties. Sharing your bed also helps people to relax and enjoy a deeper, more tranquil sleep. Bear in mind though, the bigger breed dogs can take up a lot of room. If you find that your dog is cramping your sleeping style, it might be better to find an alternative sleeping space to ensure a good night’s sleep. Dog hairs might become an issue as well if you have a fluffy variety!

You can choose to have your dog sleep on a designated bed or a crate within the room. This arrangement is particularly beneficial for puppies or dogs with separation anxiety.

Dog Bed(s):

The big benefit of a dog bed is that it’s easy to move around if your pooch is struggling to sleep in a certain room. Providing a comfortable dog bed in a common area of your home, such as the living room, could be an option. This allows your dog to be close to the family while still having their own space. If it’s too noisy or disruptive in the living room, your doggie will let you know - they won’t rest there - in which case try the dog bed in a separate, quieter room. If you have two dog beds, try one in your daytime rooms and one in your bedroom. That gives your dog the option to follow your patterns and still gives you space in your own bed!

Dog Crate:

Crates can serve as a secure and den-like space for dogs, whether the crate door is open or closed at nights. When introduced properly, crates become a protective haven for your dog, especially during nighttime. That sense of security can also be good for dogs who get anxious, especially during a thunderstorm or fireworks night. A crate can feel like a secure cocoon where they can curl up and feel safe.

Crate training is particularly useful for housebreaking puppies and preventing destructive behaviour as well. It's essential to make the crate comfortable with bedding and ensure it's appropriately sized for your dog.

Outdoor Shelter:

There is, of course, the outdoor option. You could opt for an outdoor shelter, such as a doghouse/kennel. This is suitable for dogs that are acclimated to outdoor living and are not prone to anxiety. However, it's crucial to consider the climate and provide adequate protection from the elements. And it’s not appropriate for a new pup that may become distressed - and, having spent its formative weeks and months in a litter is used to warmth and company.

Ultimately, the best sleeping arrangement for your dog depends on their individual needs and your lifestyle. Don’t forget, the average adult dog sleeps 12-14 hours a day (puppies even more), so getting the sleeping environment right is really important. Regular exercise and mental stimulation during the day can also contribute to a more restful night for your pet. 

Regardless of where your dog sleeps, consistency and positive reinforcement are key when establishing routines. Additionally, monitoring your dog's behaviour and adjusting their sleeping arrangement as needed will ensure a harmonious living situation for both you and your furry sidekick.

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