When Is Not OK For Your Dog To Sleep With You

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It's tough, because they are just a bundle of cuteness ready for cuddling! Well a few dog experts give us PAWS, so we can think first before we let em in. 



1. When They Are A Puppy. I know, it's super tempting to snuggle up to that tiny ball of adorableness. Unfortunately, puppies should never really sleep in your bed until it is crate and potty trained. According to Derick Lengemann, VMD at Lakewood Veterinary Hospital, Mooresville, NC, "Consistency is key to potty training. A puppy won't go to the bathroom in its crate because it can't get away from it and they like to be clean. But it can get off the bed and go on the floor. The puppy needs to first understand that the crate is a safe and happy place to reduce the risk of separation anxiety."

2. It Should Be On Your Terms. You're the boss remember? "It is imprerative for a dog to understand that it needs to be asked to get on the bed and gets off when told by all parties that sleep in bed," says Lengemann.

3. When Hygeine Is An Issue. If a dog has parasites or ticks, it definitely should not be sharing your sleeping space. The dog should also not sleep on your bed if it is post surgery, until the incision is compltely healed. You dog's health may be in danger if you let it sleep in your bed.  If it is severely arthritic or has back, neck or orthopedic pain, jumping on and off the bed could cause harm.


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