A New Survey Finds Fascinating Results Regarding Dog Sleep Habits

Pet owners are often divided when it comes to where they let their dog sleep. For example, some swear by letting their pup cuddle up in bed while others adamantly refuse to let their pet get in the way of some serious beauty sleep. And it’s been a hot topic of recent, with one study out of the prestigious Mayo Clinic, based in Phoenix, finding that letting Fido snooze with you is good for your own well-being. What’s more, they also found that letting your dog sleep in your bed does not tend to be correlated with any decrease in sleep quality. So rather than just surveying the 40 dog owners that the Mayo Clinic chatted with, Embrace, a national pet insurance company, decided to survey 10,000 pet owners to see what’s trending when it comes to dog sleep habits.


As reported by Dogster, the slight majority of pet owners do in fact sleep with their dogs—53 percent, just a bit more than half of those surveyed. Other snooze spots for pups included their own dog beds, which accounted for 20% of respondents. Less common sleep spots included under the owner’s bed, in a crate, or snoozing straight up on the living-room couch.

And if anything became crystal clear through the survey, it’s that pet owners—and their pups—really enjoy bedtime cuddles. 86% of respondents said that they love to snuggle with their dogs at bedtime, but fewer of their dogs (81%) actually enjoyed those cuddles with mom and/or dad. But that’s still the overwhelming majority and more than enough evidence to make a solid argument for letting your dog sleep in your bed.

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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)

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