Why should dogs sleep near their humans?
January 31, 2008 10:48 AM Subscribe
Help me convince my stubborn hubby that the best place for a dog to sleep is in the master bed room with (or at least close-by) us.
We don't have one yet, but my hubby and I are planning on getting a dog. We are differing on where the dog should sleep. I say in the bedroom with us (or possibly nearby the bedroom). He says it should be shut into the utility room.
I grew up in a household where the family dog slept on a folded blanket in my parents' bedroom. My hubby, on the other hand, grew up in a household where the family dog was forced to sleep shut up in the mud/utility/laundry room, as far away from the rest of the family as you can possibly get. His parents do this now with their miniature long-hair dachshund. It sometimes takes her quite a long time to get a response if she needs to go out in the middle of the night.
I can think of several reasons why a dog should sleep in the master bedroom:
- health/safety: if the dog has a medical emergency, it will be quite easy to hear and respond. Plus, if the dog needs to go out, it won't need to spend undue amounts of time getting your attention.
- security: if there is something amiss, the dog will be aware of it before the humans are, and can act as the first line of defense. This goes for fire safety, too.
- mental health: dogs are pack animals, and crave the presence of others. The aforementioned mini-dachs gets very lonely at night, and there's really no need for a dog to be lonely at night.
His argument goes along the lines of:
- if the dog has an accident, it's ok. we don't care about the floor in the utility room
- that's the way his family has always done it (I hate that argument, in all its forms)
What arguments would *you* make in favor of dogs and humans sleeping in the same room?
If any pet-whisperers / animal behaviorists are reading, is having the dog sleep in the master bedroom actually better than isolating it in a small utility room?