Half of Pet Owners Let Their Dog Sleep in The Bed
Don't even spend money on a dog bed, you'll just be wasting it.
Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. conducted a study of 1,000 pet owners, ranging in age from 18 to 78.
Of the 1,000 questioned, 49% of participants said their dog sleeps in their bed with them. Another 20% said their dog sleeps in the same bedroom.
The remaining, heartless, 31% of owners said their dog is to sleep outside the bedroom.
"Studies of humans' relationships with their companion animals have almost exclusively focused on the ways people engage with their pets during their waking hours, yet people commonly spend their sleeping hours with pets in their beds or bedrooms," said the author of the study, Christy Hoffman.
"This study presents one of the few comprehensive investigations into the practice of human-dog co-sleeping, and supports previous claims that dog owners commonly choose to sleep with their dogs in their beds or bedrooms," she said in a university news release.
Using heat map images, they found dogs tend to sleep at chest level next to their humans in double, queen, or king beds, where a human partner would be.
In a single bed, dogs often slept on the floor next to the bed.
"Given how little participants recalled dog-related sleep disruptions in relation to how much dog movement we observed across nights, it seems that humans are not consciously associating their nights of poor sleep with their dogs' nighttime activities," Hoffman noted.
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