Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Do you sleep with your dog?
I believe most dog owners have a mental image of how cozy it will be. The imaginary mutual snuggle is idyllic and peaceful.
Reality is generally completely different, and the perfect snuggle-moment happens a few times each year. Pets excel at bed hogging, cover stealing, snoring, and kicking.
It doesn't matter. The American Pet Products Association made a study of American sleeping habits, and nearly half of the dogs sleep in their owner's beds. 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium sized dogs, and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners.
When it comes to cats, 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and an additional 13% of cats sleep with children.
Is it healthy to sleep with your pets?
On pets.webmd.com, Derek Damin of Kentuckiana Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in Louisville, Ky., says people who suffer from pet allergies or asthma should not sleep with their dog or cat. His recommendation is to use a HEPA filter and keep them out of the bedroom. He also acknowledges that most pet lovers won't kick their darling out of bed, even if they cause allergy problems.
He is right. Humans know what's good for us, and we happily ignore it. I'm a little allergic to dogs. That doesn't change the fact that I can't sleep without my Bonnie. Hearing her steady and soft snore puts me to sleep. She's rather big, and she makes me feel safe and snug, even if she hogs the covers.
Victoria Stilwell, internationally renowned dog trainer, says on pets.webmd.com that dogs only sleep with people or dogs they trust. From the dog's standpoint, being allowed on the bed is a compliment.
Do you sleep with your pets? Does it work well?
~ Maria Sadowski ~