If you are a dog owner, you understand why they say that a dog is a man’s best friend. Findings from the American Pet Products Association show that about 60% of those who have dogs consider them a part of their family. We love dogs because of their loyalty and devotion to us. This is the one companion you can count on to jump and down with joy when they see you. They will also be ready to defend you whenever something or something attacks you. They are dependable, and that’s why we want them around us all the time.
Several debates have erupted on whether or not it’s safe for dogs to sleep with humans in the bedroom. Mayo Clinic conducted research that showed that having a dog in your bedroom does not disturb your sleep; instead, it helps you and the dog to sleep better. If you were worried about having your dog migrate into your bedroom, then this should quell your fears.
Below are tips you can use to ensure you sleep soundly with your dog in your bedroom.
1. Limit activity before bed
Having your dog in your room can be exciting, and you may get the urge to indulge in play or you might want to teach some cute and funny dog tricks to your dog before you go to bed. This is not a good idea because it may take your dog longer to sleep. Meanwhile, he/she will be running around the room, playing with toys and interfering with your sleep. After he or she is done with playing, they’ll probably be panting a lot and they may need to take water which translates to you waking up to give it to them. Just as you settle down to sleep again, they may want to have a bathroom break because of the water they drank. This means you will be up and down a lot and may not get the sleep you need.
You may think that playing will get your dog tired, which will help them sleep better. It’s a good idea if done earlier and not around bedtime. Bedtime is for sleeping and the more you resist playing with them, the easier it will be for them to have a consistent sleep schedule.
2. Be consistent
Consistency will determine whether or not you will maintain a habit, and that includes sleeping with your snuggly companion in your bedroom. If you change sleeping areas for your dog, it will be difficult for them to have a routine. For example, if they sleep in your bedroom tonight, then go to the dog house tomorrow and then transfer to the kitchen the next day; they wouldn’t know where to go on the following day. However, if they always sleep in your bedroom, then that’s where you’ll find them when it’s bedtime or when they feel sleepy.
Also, be consistent with the time you put your dog to bed. If tonight you sleep at 10 pm and then tomorrow you want them to retire to bed at 7 pm; it will not work. Help them create a sleep pattern by being consistent.
3. Create privacy time for you and your partner
If you are living with your partner, they may feel weird having your dog watching as you make love. That is why you need to create a balance by setting aside time where it’s just the two of you in the bedroom, without your snuggly friend. One way of doing this is by having your intimate time before you bring the dog into the room.
Do you know what they say about two being company and three turning into a crowd? Well, it can be true in this case. If you force your partner to accommodate the dog during intimate moments, then it can be the beginning of disagreements between the two of you. That’s why you need to check with them first. If you and your lover don’t mind having a spectator, then you’ve hit the jackpot. By all means, continue.
4. Try CBD Oil
Animals get sick, and dogs are not exempted. Your loyal companion can get cancer, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems. The symptoms of these diseases and many more are unpleasant. You may notice your pet struggling with nausea, anxiety, seizures and lots of pain.
This is where Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, comes in.
CBD does not cure these illnesses, but it provides relief from the symptoms. The good news is that it is obtained from hemp plants and is perfectly safe for dogs. It comes in oil form.
If your loyal animal is experiencing discomfort, it will be difficult for him or her to sleep even if they are in your bedroom. Therefore, get yourself some pet CBD.
5. Reduce water intake around bedtime
If you take water, you are bound to use the toilet. The same applies to your fluffy friend. Therefore, if both of you are looking forward to a good night’s sleep, then you should stop giving him or her water two hours before retiring to bed.
There is an exception if your dog has some medical issues such as diabetes mellitus. In this case, they need their water, so give it to them. It is best to consult a veterinarian if you know your animal has been diagnosed with a disease.
6. Give them Melatonin
Sometimes, something as simple as falling asleep may be a struggle. This may be due to stress, anxiety, change in routine or sleep patterns, and so on. That’s why sleep aids were created. Your dog may go through the same. If you try everything to get them to sleep and it doesn’t work, then maybe melatonin might be the solution. Melatonin helps dogs to sleep and most of them haven’t shown an adverse reaction to it. You can get it from a pet manufacturer who will prescribe the right dosage depending on how big the pet is.
Also, it is vital first to consult your veterinarian before you get your dog on melatonin. If the dog is taking other medication or has health complications, then you might not want to add another drug into the mix.
The great love we have for our dogs drives us to want to spend as much time with them as we can, especially if we’re not around them during the day. If you were thinking of moving your dog’s beddings to your bedroom but didn’t know how to go about it, now you do. These tips will make it easier for you and your dog to sleep in your bedroom and enjoy the experience.