Why Does My Dog Sneak Into My Bed At Night?

Picture this: You’ve had a long day, you’ve finally settled into the comforts of your bed, and as you’re drifting into a deep sleep, you feel a gentle nudge.

Or maybe you wake up in the morning only to find your furry friend curled up by your feet.

You might ask yourself “why does my dog sneak into my bed at night”?

It seems our loyal companions have a sneaky habit of making their way into our beds at night, but why do they do this?

Reasons Your Dog Wants Your Bed

Seeking Comfort And Warmth

Everyone loves the feeling of soft blankets and plush pillows, and dogs are no exception.

Think about it from their perspective for a moment: the ground is hard and sometimes cold.

Your bed, on the other hand, is like a fluffy cloud in comparison!

It’s often the warmest spot in the house, especially when it’s radiating your warmth.

In the wild, canines would seek out soft, warm spots to sleep, so this behavior is ingrained in them.

Your Scent Is Reassuring

Have you ever noticed how your dog sniffs almost everything?

Dogs have a sense of smell 40 times better than ours!

To them, every object tells a story through scent.

And your bed?

It’s like a novel of all things you.

Your calming scent is a beacon of safety and love, making it the perfect spot for them to lie down and relax.

They Want To Guard You

Deep down in their canine DNA, there’s an instinct that tells them to protect their pack.

You, dear reader, are their beloved pack.

Being close to you not only allows them to feel protected but also lets them spring into action faster should they sense any danger.

So, in a way, when they’re sneaking into your bed, they’re pulling a night shift guarding their favorite human.

Nighttime Worries

Just as some of us feel uneasy in the dark or get startled by unexpected noises, dogs can have their own set of nighttime jitters.

Whether it’s the strange shadow from the curtain swaying or the distant sound of a car honking, it can be unsettling for them.

Where’s the safest place during such times?

Right by your side, of course!

Habit From Puppyhood

Admit it: when they were tiny pups, many of us allowed them into our beds.

Those puppy eyes can be hard to resist!

This behavior can then become a lifelong habit.

Additionally, some dog breeds, like Labradors or Golden Retrievers, are naturally more affectionate and inclined to cuddle.

They’re Feeling Unwell

Our dogs might not be able to tell us when they’re feeling sick, but their actions can.

If you notice a sudden change in their behavior, like them sneaking into your bed more often, it might be their way of seeking comfort.

They instinctively feel that being close to you, their primary caregiver will provide them relief or protection.

What Should You Do?

Clear Rules From The Start

Dogs are creatures of habit.

Just like we enjoy routine (think of your nightly ritual of brushing teeth and reading a book), dogs like to know what to expect, too.

So, from the get-go, you’ve got to make a choice: Is Fido sleeping in your bed or his own?

Once you decide, try to stick to it.

A pro tip many owners might not be aware of: Dogs can’t easily tell the difference between weekdays and weekends.

If they’re allowed in bed on Saturdays but not on Tuesdays, it’s confusing for them.

Keeping bedtime routines consistent and predictable can make things easier for your furry pal.

Make Their Bed Appealing

Here’s a little secret most don’t know: Dogs love things that smell like their owners.

Your scent is like a cozy, comforting blanket for them.

To make their bed more inviting, occasionally place one of your worn T-shirts over it.

Add some plush cushions and their favorite chew toys, and you’re setting up a five-star retreat for your dog.

Another nugget of wisdom: Dogs are pack animals and like to be close to the action.

Positioning their bed in a spot where they can still see you or near a window can make it more attractive.

Reward Good Sleep Behavior

Remember when you got a gold star in school for good work?

It made you want to do well again, right?

Dogs aren’t too different.

A morning treat or an extra belly rub can be their gold star.

When they spend a full night in their bed, reward them.

This doesn’t always mean food.

For many dogs, a little praise or a play session is just as exciting as a treat.

By making these rewards a morning ritual, you’re telling them, “Great job for staying in your bed!”

Is It Safe To Share Your Bed?

Benefits Of Sharing

Who hasn’t enjoyed the tickle of a wagging tail or the warmth of a furry belly next to them on a cold night?

Sharing your sleeping space has some cool perks.

Apart from the added warmth, did you know that the rhythmic sound of a dog’s heartbeat can actually be soothing?

It’s been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety for some people.

So, for those who need a living, breathing teddy bear, a dog might be the perfect solution.

Potential Downsides

Now, here comes the other side of the coin.

Ever heard of “doggy dreams?

“Just like us, dogs can dream.

And when they do, they might twitch, kick, or even bark.

That’s cute until it’s disrupting your REM sleep.

Also, a piece of info that might surprise you: Dogs, especially those with longer hair, can carry pollen into the house and onto the bed.

This can be an issue for allergy sufferers.

And, of course, there’s the occasional risk of waking up with a muddy paw print on your pillow if they sneak out and then back in!

Every dog owner has been there: debating the pros and cons of letting their beloved pet into the bed.

It’s a personal choice, but whatever you decide, it should be in the best interest of both you and your canine buddy.

Remember that dogs are flexible; they can adjust to routines as long as we guide them lovingly and patiently.

Whichever route you choose, know that it’s the love and care you shower on them during the waking hours that matter the most.

Sleep tight, and may your dreams be filled with wagging tails and wet noses!

Before You Go…

Now you know why your dog does sneak in your bed at night.

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Dimitra Kokologianni, DVM
Dimitra holds a Masters’s degree in public health and a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. She is a versatile professional with over 7 years of experience. Her passion for animal welfare and preventive medicine makes her an excellent resource for our readers.