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January 2018     
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Should you let your dogs sleep in your bed?
Closing Thought
Dr. Monica Diedrich, The Pet Communicator 


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Hello everyone!
The New Year started out with a bang for me! I've been invited by the Elaura company to go to Japan on February 12th to do workshops and consultations there. Then on March 1st, I'm leaving for Argentina. This will be for workshops and consultations in Spanish.
All of this is very exciting for me, but it also means that I need to ask for your patience. That's because my schedule is so full from February 12th until after March 26th that I can't be available for any consultations in the US during that time.
I'll be in Japan from February 12th through February 26th, with only two days before I leave for Argentina, where I'll be staying from March 1st through March 26th. I'll no doubt need a few days to regroup after I return from Argentina, but as soon after March 26th as I'm able,  I'll once again be scheduling US consultations. Meanwhile, I thank you so much for your patience. 
All of this traveling has me thinking about my own pets and how very much my absence affects them. Thankfully, during these two trips my husband will be home with them, but for our animals, every little change in their routine is a big deal, for some more so than for others.
This can be especially true if your pets are used to sleeping on your beds with you, so this month I want to share some thoughts about animals sleeping on your bed. Hope you enjoy the information I found!
Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed?

If you've ever welcomed a pet onto your bed, you're not alone. An estimated 79 percent of pet owners share their beds with their pets. As reported by WebMD, a survey from the American Pet Products Association determined that 62 percent of small dogs, 41 percent of medium-sized dogs, and 32 percent of large dogs sleep in their humans' beds.
I have friends who have many variations when it comes to the sleeping habits of their dogs, but I've always wondered whether all that canine scratching, licking of paws, and changing positions during the night interferes with my friends' sleep. It would certainly interfere with mine!

For that reason, I've never personally been one who likes to have dogs sleeping on the bed with us, and lately, the older I get, the worse I sleep, so for me dogs sleeping on the bed is usually out of the question.
Fortunately, I have one dog who LOVES sleeping in his crate. He walks into it at night just as easily as you walk into your bedroom. He can't sleep away from home unless we bring the crate with us.
The second dog likes the bathroom because it has cool tile, and he moves often, trying to find just the right spot.
But . . . the third one, the little 12-year-old Yorkie we just adopted, really, really, really wants to sleep on the bed with us. She does sleep on her own for the first part of the night, but somewhere between 3:00 and 4.30 a.m., she starts a low, soft whining that eventually wakes one or both of us. Of course, we give in, and up on the bed she comes to spend the last hour or two of sleep with us!
We all know how important those hours of beauty rest are to our wellness - so does having a dog in the bedroom, or in the bed, improve or undermine good sleep?
A Mayo Clinic Study supports sleeping with dogs in your room
Dr. Lois Krahn, a sleep medicine specialist at the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, is the author of a recent study which asked the question: "Does having a dog in the bedroom, or in the bed, disturb sleep?" The researchers studied 40 dog owners who did not have a sleep disorder.
Drum roll for the answer: The Mayo Clinic News Network reported results indicating that "sleeping with dogs helps some people sleep better - no matter if they're snoozing with a small schnauzer or dozing with a Great Dane."
However . . . there was a caveat: do not let your canines crawl under the covers with you. According to the study, the sleep benefit extended only to having dogs in the bedroom, not in the bed itself. Owners who cozied up to their pups in their bed sacrificed quality sleep.
Sleep and the canine/human bond
"The relationship between people and their pets has changed over time, which is likely why many people in fact do sleep with their pets in the bedroom," the Mayo Clinic study concluded. "Today, many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximize their time with them when they are home. Having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to do that. And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep." Unless the pets are actually in bed with them.
As for me I can tell you that after having the little 12-year-old lady sleeping with us for a couple of hours every morning, I can't imagine ever going back to not having her with us, although I'm now having a lot of sleepless mornings. But . . . I love her so much . . . and she has very efficiently and successfully trained me and my husband to provide for exactly the comfort she desires!

Closing Thought

My animals are soon going to know that I'm going away again because they can read my mind. They especially know that when a piece of luggage comes out, it means change. I hope they won't miss me as much as I will miss them, and I feel the same way about you. I won't be here for you to reach out to me for awhile, but please know that I will be back and attend to you just as soon as possible.
Hope you can manage without me until then.

A big hug to all of you.

Dr. M.

Dr. Monica Diedrich