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Why Your Dog Likes to Sleeps between You and Your Wife/Husband

Dog Sleeping on Bed

Dogs are full of mischievous acts, one of which may be to sleep between you and your significant other. Truth be told, you shouldn’t read too much into this unless your dog is acting strange on the bed. Dogs may like to sleep between you and your significant other for the following reasons.

1. It’s the Most Comfortable Spot
The bed space between you and your wife or husband may just happen to be the warmest or most comfortable spot for your dog. It may also be the area of the bed that offers the most space. You should let your dog be unless his presence is making it uncomfortable for either of you.

2. Your Dog is Being Protective
Your dog respects and loves both you and your significant other. The space in-between may be the only area where your dog can remain protective of both owners. Some dogs may like to sleep in the path of danger so they can respond quickly to potential threats.

3. Your Dog is Anxious
Alternatively, your dog may feel the most secure if he sleeps between you and your significant other. An anxious or stressed dog may seek shelter in tight spaces, one of which may be the bed. This can occur with new dogs or dogs that have moved to a new home.

If this sleeping habit has come out of nowhere then you may want to observe your surrounding and determine if there’s anything (e.g. loud noise) that’s getting your dog to feel anxious at night.

4. Your Dog is Jealous
Studies, such as the research conducted by Christine Harris, suggest dogs are more than capable of becoming jealous. There’s always the minor possibility that your dog is sleeping between you and your new significant other because he is jealous of certain social interactions.

Dogs that Prefer Sleeping with One Individual

In some situations, your dog may become picky and like to only sleep with you and not with your significant other (or vice-versa). This may be caused by the following reasons.

1. Your Wife/Husband is Acting too Aggressive
Let’s say your dog is only sleeping with you and not with anyone else. This could be due to your significant other acting too aggressively towards the dog. He may feel nervous if he stays too close to someone who has an aggressive aura (even when it’s unintentional).

2. Your Wife/Husband doesn’t Spend Quality Time
Preferential behaviors may start to become more obvious if one individual of the household spends more time playing and communicating with the dog. As pack animals, dogs like to spend quality time bonding with members of their pack. Your dog may gradually ignore individuals that act like strangers.

3. Your Wife/Husband has bad body odor
Dogs have a sensitive sense of smell. As funny as this may sound, your dog may not enjoy sleeping next to someone who has bad body odor. Maintaining good body hygiene may be the solution to having your dog sleep between both individuals on the bed.

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is the owner of an awesome toy poodle. John started MyPetChild.com to share his experience and knowledge of being a single pet owner.