Sleep is an essential part of every dog’s day, with adult canines averaging about 14 hours per day and puppies ranging an impressive 16-20 hours per day. While there might be a lot of chatter online about the best places for your four-legged friend to sleep, there is not just one correct answer. In fact, your dog’s ideal sleeping place depends on several factors, including their age, mobility, and training. In this article, we’re going to explore the most common and arguably the best spots for your companion to sleep.
In Bed With You
This topic is often highly debated, and sometimes even controversial. While there are obvious benefits to letting your pooch share your bed with you, this isn’t always a preferred or feasible option. But, if you sleep soundly with your pet, and he or she is easily able to get on and off your bed without issue, this is a great option for sleeping and bonding with your dog.
In a Dog Bed
For some dogs, mobility and space is an issue. Or, if your dog’s coat results in him getting hot easily (such as Long Haired German Shepherds or Bernese Mountain Dogs), a plush dog bed might be the better option. Consider making a trip and taking your dog with you to a pet store to allow him to choose the bed he likes. Some dogs are extremely picky, and some are content with a bunch of blankets on the floor. However, having a designated space for your dog to unwind, relax, and sleep is ideal.
Keep in mind that having a dog bed also comes in handy when you’re traveling, as they are often sources of comfort for dogs in kennels or friend’s homes while you’re away. Plus, the plushness of dog beds is beneficial for their joints!
In a Dog Crate
Crates are another alternative for sleeping dogs. However, it’s imperative that your dog or puppy is crate-trained before shutting them inside for the night. Once your dog pairs the crate with security and safety, they are more likely to relax inside.
Crates are a great option for puppies who tend to be rambunctious or destructive when left alone or unattended. Depending on your dog’s behavior and temperament, you might even want to leave the crate door open for them to come and go as they please throughout the day. Crates double as dens for dogs, and they instinctively enjoy the protection and security that they provide.
According to BilJac, that sense of security can also be good for dogs who get anxious, especially during a stressful event like a thunderstorm or the Fourth of July. That crate can feel like a secure cocoon where they can curl up and feel protected.
Find a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up and move around to get comfortable. Once you find the right crate, your dog can seek comfort and sleep in the crate.