Canine Co-Sleeping: Should you boot your dog out of the bed?

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For all the arguments against letting your dog find a warm corner in your bed every night, there are some pretty valid reasons to rethink your sleeping arrangements. Research in many studies has shown that co-sleeping with a pet is a natural, healthy way to increase health and wellbeing, along with strengthening the bonds of owner and animal.

There is little to be concerned with when it comes to having an animal in the bed if you do not suffer from allergies. In a study led by Dr. Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Arizona, out of 150 people observed, over 60 of them said they experienced better sleep with an animal near them.

“[Some people] find that sleeping with their animal actually helps them feel cozy,” Krahn told Today. “One woman said her two small dogs kind of warmed her bed. Another person felt her cat who was touching her during the night was comforting and soothing.”

Click ‘next’ for reason #5 why you should let your dog share the bed.

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and world traveler with a background in journalism, graphic design, and French pastry. He likes to learn new things whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, folk music and coffee.
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