Sleeping in a Human's Bed vs a Canine Bed
The one pro is that an owner gets to snuggle up with their dog. This said, there are 6 cons that you may want to consider:
- Lack of proper support.
Human beds do not provide the proper supportive qualities for small canines. Due to the thickness of the mattress, what may be a superb quality bed for you will not flex nor curve to absorb a small dog's body weight, therefore nullifying any supportive benefits.
Once a dog sleeps in his owner's bed, this is a very hard habit to reverse. Should you ever change your mind, it can be very trying and frustrating to get a Chihuahua to sleep in his own bed.
The more time a puppy or dog remains in one area, the higher the likelihood of having an accident; once urine soaks into a mattress, it can be exceedingly difficult to remove it, which can leave a lingering odor.
Being so tiny, it is far too easy for a Chihuahua to be injured; the two most common ways are falling off of the bed and being rolled over. It must be noted that trauma is the 1st leading cause of death for all puppies and the 2nd leading cause of death for adult Chihuahuas.
- Worsening separation anxiety. If a Chihuahua is not allowed to become accustomed to his own bed, he will often have a much harder time settling down and relaxing in his area when home alone.
- Hierarchy issues.For any Chihuahuas that do not listen, mark, show destructive traits or are otherwise out-of-control due to not understanding proper hierarchy, part of resolving the issue is to not allow the dog to sleep in the human's bed. Dogs that have an improper understanding of the chain of command will misinterpret this as being on the same leadership level as his humans.
What a Good Canine Bed will Offer:
There are 4 important benefits that the right quality bed will offer to a Chihuahua puppy or dog:
1. Proper support.
Prone to both patella luxation and hip dysplasia, it is vital that a Chihuahua have the right orthopedic surface when sleeping
; after all, puppies sleep up to 18 hours and as a Chihuahua matures, this will go down to 12 to 15 hours. That is a good portion of the day that the body will either be resting on the right surface to help ease stress on joints and bones or it will detrimental to the body.
There is no question that adults and senior Chihuahuas need a memory foam mattress, however Chi of all ages can benefit from the restorative qualities that a great canine bed offers and starting off a puppy in a canine bed will allow you to avoid any sort of transition down the line. Where a dog sleeps is a top habit that forms early. This said, a dog will change his habits if it brings about more comfort, security or other elements that he finds favorable.
2. Security. While some say that a Chihuahua has no idea of his size, this is quite an overstatement. Many Chihuahua puppies and dogs are quite aware that so much in their world towers over them. And having the right bed can offer a Chi a feeling of safety and security that toy breeds often desperately need.
When a Chihuahua has his own area to retreat, rest and sleep, he has the quintessential 'den' that canines crave. It offers respite from what may be an overwhelming world. When home alone, a dog will find a sense of security in his bed, which can aid in both stress reduction and ability to nap.
- When a dog is able to enter deep sleep (REM) and truly rest both his body and his mind, he is more agreeable, less moody
and more receptive to his day (walking, interaction, etc.). The right bed will offer optimal comfort for a peaceful and restorative sleep.
4. Hygiene. There are quite a few elements that accumulate on a dog and having a quality bed allows for two things: a surface that resists moisture and a covering that can easily be laundered. Most notably, is body oils; every moment, around the clock, a dog produces natural body oils.