Where Should I Put My Dog’s Bed in the House?

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If you’re a new dog owner, you might be wondering, where’s the best place to put your dog’s bed in your home?

Where should my dog sleep at night? Should dogs sleep inside or outside? And what’s the best spot for your dog’s bed?

Keep reading for the dos and don’ts of where to put your dog’s bed for your canine companion’s comfort and for practicality in your home.

Where NOT To Put Your Dog’s Bed

the dog lies in his dog bed

Before deciding where you want to put your dog’s bed, you should know where you absolutely don’t want to put your furry friend’s bed.

Underfoot!

The last place you want your dog’s bed to be is in a part of your home where there’s lots of foot traffic.

Firstly, a dog sprawling out of his bed can present a serious tripping hazard to passers-by. Also, your dog’s bed should be in a quiet spot where your furry friend can relax and chill out, and he won’t do that if he’s constantly being disturbed by people stopping to say hi!

So, avoid putting the dog bed in a busy walkway, close to a doorway, or on an upstairs landing. It’s much better to put the bed safely out of harm’s way up against a wall or in an alcove.

Beware Harmful Objects and Substances

When your dog wants to check out an unfamiliar object, he typically uses his mouth to do so. Puppies, in particular, will chew on things to work out if they’re good for eating, playing with, or both.

There are lots of seemingly innocent objects around most homes that can present problems to dogs.

  • Many popular houseplants are highly toxic to dogs and cats. So, if you have Aloe vera, Devil’s Ivy, or lilies on display in your home or outside in your garden, you need to be aware that all those plant species are poisonous to pets if ingested. Either remove the plants from your home altogether or put them well out of reach of your dog.
  • Household cleaning chemicals are usually kept in plastic bottles and containers that many dogs find irresistible. Bleach and products that contain it are extremely dangerous to pets. Keep dangerous substances in cupboards that your dog can’t get into, and fit child locks to the doors if necessary.
  • Many popular human foods, including raisins, chocolate, and avocados, are toxic to dogs. If you’re placing your dog’s bed in your kitchen, make sure that your hungry hound can’t get hold of anything that could make him sick.

Too Much Attention

Cute Dog in Pet Bed at Home

Most dogs love to be right at the center of the action. However, we don’t recommend putting your dog’s crate right in the center of your living room.

Your dog’s bed should be a quiet space where he can relax and enjoy some downtime, and if he’s constantly being stimulated and disturbed by family members coming and going every few minutes, your dog won’t get the rest he needs.

In apartments and small homes, space might be at a premium. In that case, you might want to consider buying a furniture dog bed for your pup. Furniture dog beds generally come as side or end tables and can fit neatly into your living space as dual-function items that look stylish as well as offer practicality.

Even so, it’s important not to place the dog bed too close to your TV, or peace and quiet could be off the agenda for poor Fido!

Out On A Limb

Although you don’t want your dog to be stressed and hassled by the normal hustle and bustle of family life, he won’t thank you for leaving him out on a limb, either.

Some highly social breeds make wonderful family pets, but that loving nature can leave the dog vulnerable to separation anxiety. So, although you shouldn’t put your dog’s bed in a spot where he will be constantly disturbed, you don’t want your furry friend to feel left out and lonely.

Power Down

electric power cable unplugged

Never put a dog bed close to power cables and other electrical items. Those trailing wires could prove too tempting for a chewer to resist, leading to unthinkable consequences.

At worst, your dog could get an electric shock, or you could finish up with a cellphone you can’t recharge because your beloved pet ate the charging cable!

Too Hot

Dogs cannot generally tolerate hot or excessively warm environments. So, avoid putting your dog’s bed in a spot where the sun will shine directly onto it.

Lying in direct sunlight for any length of time can cause your dog to overheat, especially if the sun is shining through a window. In addition, dogs with pink skin and thin coats can suffer from sunburn.

Even though you might think your dog will appreciate reclining in his bed in front of an open fire on a chilly winter night, that’s not the best place to put your pet’s bed. Your dog might overheat or even get hit by a spark, leading to singed fur and a nasty shock!

Too Cold

Although you don’t want your dog to get too hot, you don’t want him to suffer from chills and drafts, either.

Make sure your dog’s bed is well away from colder spots, including air conditioning units, air vents, drafty corners, open fireplaces, and open windows.

Where Should You Put Your Dog’s Bed?

Cute Funny Puppy in Dog Bed at Home

Now you know where not to put your dog’s bed, let’s explore a few ideal sleeping spots where your pup can enjoy an undisturbed snooze.

Part Of The Family

You don’t want your dog to be in a spot that’s right in the center of a busy thoroughfare in your home. However, you don’t want him to feel he’s been stuck out on a limb, either. Ideally, you want your pampered pup to be part of family life and have fun without him feeling that he’s underfoot and in the way.

With that in mind, ideal spots for your dog’s bed include your living room, home office, or bedroom. Choose a place against a wall or in a corner rather than in the middle of the room.

Should You Move Your Dog’s Bed?

For your dog to feel secure, ideally, you want to keep your pet’s bed in the same spot. That means you might need to have a separate bed in your bedroom and another in your living room.

If your dog enjoys spending time outside during the day, you’ll need to provide him with a suitable bed that he only uses outdoors.

Where Should My Dog Sleep At Night?

brown dog sleeping

Many dogs prefer to sleep alongside their owners at night. That’s fine, as long as your dog has his own bed and doesn’t expect to share yours!

Although cuddling up next to your dog and letting him sleep in bed with you at night is tempting, that can lead to your dog trying to take ownership of the bed and lack of sleep for you!

So, it’s better to provide your pup with his own sleeping space.

If your pet sleeps in your bedroom with you at night, you’ll be alerted if he needs to go out for a bathroom break, which is helpful if you’re toilet training a puppy or if you have an old dog with continence issues.

Final Thoughts

Did you enjoy our guide to the best place to put your dog’s bed? If you found the article helpful, please take a moment to share it.

Ideally, you should put your dog’s bed somewhere in your home where your snoozing pet won’t be in the way but also where he can feel that he’s close to his beloved family. Be careful that you don’t put the bed in a place where your dog will be too hot or where there’s a chilly draft.

Avoid spots close to power cables, especially if your dog is a chewer, and keep his bed well away from cupboards containing household chemicals and human foods that are toxic to dogs.

Where do you keep your dog’s bed? Tell us in the comments box below!

Meet our writer

Alison Page was brought up with dogs and various other pets! For a few years, Alison worked as a Practice Manager in a small animal veterinary clinic. Alison is now a full-time writer, specializing in creating articles on the care and training of dogs, cats, and fish.

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