Would you let your daughters sleep with a dog?

Ana - posted on 01/23/2012 ( 29 moms have responded )

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We just got a new dog, is a Doxie and is just 2 months old... he has been sleeping with my two girls ages 3 and 5... not sure if this is ok.... please help!

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Ashlie - posted on 03/02/2012

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I AM an animal lover and I have 2 big dogs. I also have a 4 old daughter and snuggling on the couch is great when asked to come on the couch. I have worked in Veterinary Hospitals and I would NEVER let my child sleep with her dog or cat. Even if they are properly wormed and vaccinated you still have a chance of contracting worms in the childs bed and result in nasty rashes or even blindness in your child through contracting worms in ANY OPEN place on your body! They are animals and YES they are part of the family, but treat them as pet's,too.

T - posted on 01/30/2012

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I do let my daughter, or should I say, my dogs sleep with my daughter. I don't love the idea but she loves them. I would say it depends on the breed and the dog's tolerance. The dog is young, so you can teach it. But your children have to know how to treat the pup also. That is very important. It goes both ways. What about sleeping in the same room to start, instead of on the bed. Once they go on the bed...they never get off!

Yurena - posted on 01/25/2012

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Pets are pets, people people. Dogs lick their own bits and then you, they seat with their (obviously) bare bottoms everywhere. the bacteria that is found in their poo can blind you. It has happen in UK in the last few months. Unnecessary risks. Animals are not dolls, let them have their own space, if possible outside. x

Olivia - posted on 10/31/2013

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My brother wants to sleep with our dog. But she will go crazy. I wouldn't let the dog sleep with them.

Janessa - posted on 09/18/2013

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Honestly I love my dog and my son does too, but I've learned to never leave your young child alone with a big dog just because if having friends that work in hospitals and vets. Also friends that are dog trainers and dog breeders. I think once the child is older like a teenager it's ok. But as a young child no, because no matter how awesome your dog is you never truly know what might happen when your not watching. I never leave my son alone with our dog even when awake. She is a very intelligent loving dog and my son knows that certain things are no no's, but accidents do happen and children do disobey.

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Taylar21schroeder - posted on 01/23/2014

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I grew up on a large farm and I've slept with my my dog for 10+ year and have never gotten anything from our animal's in or out of the house due to just keeping them up to date on shots and deworming and keeping there homes clean I dont feel you have anything to worry about as long as your pets are up todate on everything and there homes and your pets bathroom area is cleaned daily

Liezl - posted on 09/23/2013

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If you make sure that your dog is clean, vaccinated, and de-wormed, it should not be a problem. People's opinions differ widely on this, though, so you'll have to decide what you think is best. My husband and I both grew up sleeping with out pets in our rooms, so it is something normal in our household.

User - posted on 09/17/2013

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i think its ok my son is 10 and he says his two dogs make him feel safe yes some times they both sleep with him lol and they r 64 pounds each with a twin my son just asked for a bigger bed lol just make sure it has its shots and no worms

Miriam - posted on 09/14/2013

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no .. it is stupid and many people support it who love animals but it is not safe science - despite "theories" ... love your children MORE than your pet - keep the pet outside or at least OUT of the sleeping area! People and animals are actually NOT designed to live in same habitiat !

Ashlie - posted on 03/02/2012

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Ask your Vet. and Vet. Tech they if they had any training at all in worming they will advise you it is NOT good. Petsmart was sued a fews years ago over a child losing an eye, because of the child sleeping with a new puppy and worms infested his eye. When they go outside to potty no matter if you clean up the yard right after, the worms can lay dominate over winter,too and the animal will bring it inside on there paws. YOU AN NOT SEE THEM WITH THE NAKED EYE. To each is to there own.

Mommyof2 - posted on 03/02/2012

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I've never heard that about worms, but I've had dogs and cats my whole life. My dogs always slept in my bed until I had a baby. I see no problem with it at all.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 01/30/2012

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My dogs and cats slept with me as a child and I was fine. Mind you our animals have always been indoor animals... They also get baths every couple months.. I don't see an issue with them sleeping with you if you can handle the fur! ;) I don't like it myself but that doesn't mean someone else doesn't mind... ;)

Yurena - posted on 01/30/2012

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We had dos and cats too. Sleeping with them does not 'desinsitize' you. You can get allergies from them and they can get allergies from you, by the way. When I left for Uni I had a routinary blood test and they discovered that I had asthma, trigered by cats among other things. I thought all my life I was only a sickly child. Can't be near cats or in places where they have been, I get massive asthma attacks, even with tablets to avoid it.

Terri Lynn - posted on 01/29/2012

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We always have in our family. My own parents were animal rescuers and I always slept with dogs and cats. My husband and I and our family do the same. It is very comforting to kids to have their beloved pets so close and is wonderful for them.It has also been found that being close to animals as young kids can desensitize a kid's system and keep them from getting asthma and allergy problems later on which is a nice bonus. We have always had large dogs. There is no such thing as an aggressive breed. Individual dogs may be aggressive but as a rescuer who has worked with all breeds, I can tell you, none are biologically aggressive. Our favorites include German Shepherds, Dobermans, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Chows, Great Danes, and Saint Bernards among other large breeds and these dogs slept with us and have been sweet and affectionate always.

Kelina - posted on 01/25/2012

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I see no problem with it. Our dogs are not allowed on our beds or any other furniture for that matter with the exception of the animal couch downstairs lol. Our cat sleeps all over it, and when we acquired it from my mom it was a mess so i'm not worried. However, every other piece of furniture in this house they need to be invited onto, which i agree with another poster it will help aviod territorial issues. I think as long as the dog is housebroken don't worry about it but make sure your daughters are involved in training as well.

Mariette - posted on 01/25/2012

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well, personally, i think if you keep your pets clean it should not be a problem. I had a dog from a very young age, she slept in my bed, every night. she never went to bed without me, and the same with me. And I turned out just fine. Just keep the beds and the pets clean. so nothing can breed, haha.

Rena - posted on 01/25/2012

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I don't see a problem with it... however it keeps waking them up in the middle of the night i wouldn't let the puppy sleep with them until it gets older. Our dog has been sleeping with our son now 7 years old since our son was 2 years old. however i dog at the time was 2 years old so a little difference in age. good luck.

Keri - posted on 01/25/2012

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How is he "sleeping with" them? Is he on one of their beds? If that's the case, just get him off the bed and onto the floor. Train him not to get on ANY furniture. Have your girls develop a relationship with him. If they can establish a good one, he'll want to protect them and will do what needs to be done to do that - including not laying on them in bed.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 01/25/2012

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Why not? I mean if the dog is unclean then maybe not. But how many people really let there nasty dirty dog run around their home? We do not allow our dog in or beds or on our furniture, however, that is a personal choice. I am a clean freak! If my husband had it his way the dog would be in all those places! He lies on the floor with her because he does like to cuddle with her, he would LOVE if she could go on the furniture or in our bed but he knows I would kick his BUTT! LOL Although, if someone else doesn't mind fur in their childs bed when the dog gets older (because it will shed, lots!!) then there is no issue that I can see.... Kids love that type of companionship... Just remember that they do get bigger. And sometimes the dog just may decide it doesn't want to anyhow, all depends on how big it gets when it is grown and how much room the kids let it have then! LOL It's a family dog, not a rat! If you don't mind, then don't worry about it. I say anyhow...



I do agree however, the dog should/must be invited, not just given the right at all times.... ;)

Jane - posted on 01/24/2012

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My parents let our dogs sleep with us and we all have grown to adulthood with no issues. We all have dogs of our own and let them sleep with our kids if both dog and kid like the idea,



However, we do require the dog to be invited up so he/she knows it is a people bed and the dog has to get permission to use it.

Elfrieda - posted on 01/24/2012

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If everyone fits on the bed, why not? Way better to have a dog than a security blanket when they have a bad dream!



I would be careful to stress that it's the girls' bed and the dog is allowed to be there, rather than that the dog has a right to be there, just in case there are territorial issues. Something like making a rule that the dog has to stay on the floor until he's invited up.

Janice - posted on 01/24/2012

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I wish my dog would sleep with my daughter instead of me ;)

He was our first baby, but now he's a 70lb PIA hogging the bed. Personally, I have never had an issue with it being unhygienic.

Sandy - posted on 01/24/2012

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I wouldn't let a dog sleep with me or my children. I think it's unhygienic, unless you give the dog a bath every night before bed time. I have nothing against the dog sleeping on the floor next to the bed though.

Jennifer - posted on 01/23/2012

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Personally I dont think dogs or any animal should sleep in the bed, cuddling on the couch is a diff story.. Big or small, there is boundaries and they are still animals!! I have a dog and he knows our beds are off limits..

Amy - posted on 01/23/2012

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If our dog wanted to sleep with the kids I wouldn't be concerned. Sometimes she falls asleep on the floor in their rooms but she always ends up on our bed during the night.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 01/23/2012

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I bet you they LOVE it and the dog LOVES it! I can't see how this would hurt them, only make them happy! As long as it is a sweet little thing, why not, I say... ;)

Jane - posted on 01/23/2012

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I don't see any problem with it all. I sleep with my dogs every night and mine are big dogs (60 to 100 pounds). My daughter could sleep with dogs if she wanted to, but she tends to kick so the dogs would rather not.



With large and aggressive breeds they suggest that the dog should have to sleep in its own bed, but otherwise most dogs simply love to cuddle.

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