How does a dog choose who to sleep with? It may look like a very simple question but the answer is still unknown for many dog owners. In reality, this is a complex matter and can tell a lot about your dog, you, and the bond between you two.
Today, we are going to explain how does dog make up his mind and why he wants to sleep in the same bed with you. We will also reveal is this something you should allow.
How does a dog choose who to sleep with?
How he makes up his mind?
Let’s imagine a scenario in which there are multiple family members. Each one has his own bed. How does a dog choose who to sleep with? The answer is simple and complicated at the same time. It is simply due to the fact a dog will sleep with the alpha or better said he will want to sleep with the alpha.
There are many reasons why he wants to do this.
But, who is the alpha in the house? This is a complicated part of the story. The alpha is the strongest dog in the pack. Because you are all members of his pack, the main person in that family will be the alpha. This can be the owner of the dog, who feeds him, walks him, or just who rescued him.
In a nutshell, an alpha will be the strongest family member. Dogs can recognize this and will become submissive.
A dog without an alpha in the pack is an unhappy dog. It is in their blood to have an alpha or to be an alpha. If he growls at you when he east, it means that you are not the alpha and he doesn’t respect you! This is not a wise behavior and it is something you should work on.
A dog that doesn’t know his place in the pack will be sad all the time and he will look for a place. This is similar behavior to a dog who suffers from separation anxiety or he is depressed. In general, he needs or must have an alpha and you must be the one.
Why does he want to sleep in the same bed as you?
There are many reasons why a dog will want to sleep in the same bed as you. These are usually simple and common reasons and of many out there, we were able to make a list of the ones that are the most common and affect most dogs.
1. They are social animals
In the wild, dogs sleep in groups. This is used to protect one another and it is very effective. In other words, all dogs are social creatures and as such, they want to be as close as possible to another person all the time, even at night.
All of this means that they will sleep with you in the same bed, period. This is one of the reasons why they are the best pets for so many people.
2. They are cold
If a dog is cold, he will look for a way to get warm. Your bed is much warmer than the floor and you are warm as well. Hence, he will climb into the bed and sleep with you instead of on the floor. This reason is common during the winter months and it is very common, especially among smaller dogs.
3. He doesn’t like his own bed
It can mean that he doesn’t like his bed because it is uncomfortable, too small, or has a bad smell. Regardless of the reason, you need to make sure your dog likes his bed and he wants to sleep there. Try to replace it and find him a more suitable option.
4. He wants to keep you safe
As we have mentioned, dogs sleep in groups in nature. They protect one another. This is the reason why he sleeps with you. He wants to keep you safe. There is no need in adding that we are vulnerable when we sleep.
5. He feels secure
When a dog sleeps in the same bed as you, it usually means he feels secure. After all, you are alpha and you can protect him from anything. This reason is extremely common among dogs who had trauma or feel insecure all the time.
6. Your dog loves you
It can also mean that your dog loves you and he wants to show you that all the time. He shows you that during the day, but he also wants to show you that when you sleep.
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Should you allow him to sleep with you?
The answer is yes and no. First of all, many of us love sleeping in the same bed with our dog. It is pleasant, nice, and feels like nothing else. But, the bed is an elevated area and it should be reserved for alpha only. In other words, you should sleep there alone, period. Your dog should sleep on the floor.
This is an ideal scenario that is far from common. Most dog owners do the opposite. Anyway, this is ideal because your pet will know where his place is and he won’t question your leadership. You will remain alga, period.
If you want your dog to sleep with you, make sure you call him and he comes, not jumping in the bed as soon as he can. This isn’t an ideal situation but it is much better than the common situation where he jumps in bed as soon as he sees you in it. Once again, this is done so he knows his place and he accepts you as alpha.
How does a dog choose who to sleep with and why he likes sleeping in the same bed so much? Now you know the answer. This simple article explains why dogs do this and it affects all dog breeds, all dogs, and can be applied to any case scenario.