Let Sleeping Dogs Lie...
But Not On Your Bed?
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: In Your Bed Or Theirs?
This is one of the dumbest things I have ever read about dog care. Has the author ever lived with any dogs? I have had many dogs, from puppy-hood through to old age, and they have all slept in our bed.
We have never, ever had any dominance issues or problems with violence. If you can't let your dog sleep with you then you need to establish a stronger relationship with him or her.
This article should be removed. Dogs are pack animals, they are healthier and happier when allowed to sleep with their pack, you are their pack.
They are, however not wolves; having evolved as domesticated companions, their instincts and understandings are now very different from their wild cousins.
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
Hi Vicki, thanks for your comments about the article on Let Sleeping Dogs Lie...But Not In Your Bed?
You are very lucky to have lived with many dogs and I'm delighted to hear that none of your dogs have ever had 'dominance issues or problems with violence'.
However, some dog owners are not so lucky and experience many behavioral problems with their dog(s) and even though these dogs are part of their family, some owners are unable to trust their dogs enough to allow them to sleep on their bed, and especially not on or in their children's beds.
The domestic dog may no longer resemble its ancestor, however, deep down, they may still harbor some of the wilder instincts and characteristics of the wolf, and these have been known to surface from time to time.
Of course you're right, dogs are pack animals and prefer to be with their pack all the time. Unfortunately, some of our dogs have behavioral problems which can't easily be addressed, if at all, such as certain rescue dogs or dogs who are or have previously been ill-treated.
I won't be removing this article Vicki, as I would never forgive myself if someone was seriously hurt because I'd suggested that owners should allow their dogs to sleep on human beds without first considering the potential for injury to humans caused by dogs with aggressive tendencies.
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