4 out of 5 pet owners admit that they share their beds with their pets. Most of us think nothing of it – after all, isn’t this a member of the family? But both medical doctors and veterinarians warn us there are plenty of disadvantages to these sleeping arrangements.
Problems when you bunk in together
Your quality of sleep is probably disturbed when you sleep with a dog in the bed, especially a tiny bundle like a Morkie.
Questions may run through the back of your mind: “Am I going to roll over and squish him like a big mother sow and her piglets?” “Am I going to kick her by accident?”
“Is my dog going to jump down or even fall out in the night, and hurt himself?”
If you’re constantly worried about hurting your dog, you won’t get a good night’s sleep.
Too soon for the dog is another problem. If he’s not fully potty-trained, sleeping in bed with you can lead to accidents and/or downright confusion!
Wait till your Morkie is fully potty trained before letting him hop up.
Once you say yes, that’s it! I’ve found that it’s very, very difficult, if not downright impossible, to change your mind and suggest your fur bundle sleep on a nice DOG BED! You’ll get the look like, really? You want me to sleep THERE. No thanks!
Then there’s zoonosis. They’re the infectious diseases that animals carry, that can actually pass on to humans. There aren’t a ton of them, but some are quite worrisome. Like the plague!! That’s extremely rare of course, but there are some Others are more common and include horrible things like LOTS of worms:
Plus you could catch:
- Giardia, a nasty little one-cell organism that causes diarrhea
- Salmonella – most often carried by pets like turtles
Ultimately it comes down to you and your and your comfort level with the dog in the bed.
But when all is said and done….
Fans of the “Alpha Dog” school of training (Cesar Millan and followers) believe that your dog should NEVER be allowed on your bed; you should never get down on the ground and play with your Morkie; and always eat your food before your Morkie gets any…. To my way of thinking, Morkies are too small and life’s too short!
Q: Does your dog sleep in your bed?
We have yorkie, morkie and maltipoo that all sleep with us. My husband and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lucky 🙂 !!!
My big doggie sleeps in bed with us. Yes, sometimes he crowds us, and sometimes it wakes us up, or cramps our legs…BUT I wouldn’t trade if for the world. The snuggles are the best, and much more stress relief benefit than worrying over a few germs!
My doggies sleep with us. They have their doggies beds on the bed and are great little sleep companions that don’t disturb anyone. Their lives are so short. Why not treat them to all the love in the world. And a little bit of germs makes the immune system stronger.
My little morkie Jax has been sleeping in bed since he was potty trained. I’d rather take my chances on bedbugs than have him sleep alone. I also get on the floor and play with him and … he does not have to wait for his meal. Caesar’s training tactics are cold and inappropriate for lil snuggle babies.
I totally agree, Cesar Millan is over the top for small dogs….maybe for big ones too. I just read where, on March 10, he is being investigated for possible animal cruelty!! You can read more here http://bit.ly/1WdyYk8
Thanks for your comment,
I brought my Morkie Luca home at 2 months. I couldn’t bare letting him sleep alone,
( not to mention, he is the cutest puppy I have ever laid eyes on), so I let him sleep with me. He cuddled next to me from the first night, no whining, no barking . He is the BEST cuddle bug. He slept all night the first few nights, and now sleeps from 10 pm – when I get up for work, around 6 am. He is now 5 months and not completely potty trained, but, he has never pottied on the bed. He will go outside and potty when we first get up. The rest of the day, not so much. It’s not that he can’t sleep without his mama (ME) it’s that I can’t sleep without him. 🙂
Phooey! Have always let my dogs sleep with me & my vet has 4 bed buddies….No problems
My morkie has been sleeping in my bed since he was potty trained and if I even try to put him in his “house” he will not stop crying. I will take my chances with any and all bugs ans diseases. …I LOVE my MORKIE!
My Morkie started sleeping with me when he was fully outdoor potty trained . At first he bothered me , now I don’t even know he’s there . He cuddles up to my legs , and when I move he goes to his little bed at the end of the bed . In the a.m he’s snuggled up by my arms . He’s such a good dog ! And he won’t get up or wake me up until I say good morning .