Your dog is one of the most precious beings in your life. But once you get married, you may notice that your pet’s actions change. While some changes may be improvements, sometimes your dog can show signs of not liking your husband, especially when sleeping. Your dog might sometimes refuse to sleep in bed with your spouse but will opt to sleep with you. It might make you wonder: “Why does my dog sleep on me and not my husband?” As weird as it sounds, this is quite an ordinary, if confusing, situation. Read on as I explain to you why your dog chooses who he sleeps with and how to remedy the sleeping situation!
Try spraying some lavender scent on your partners side of the bed.
This is a scent that dogs respond well to as it promotes calmness, reduces stress and nervousness and increases feelings of peace.
This can encourage your dog to try sleeping on your partners side of the bed.
Dog sleeps with me and not anyone else
You may have lived with your dog for years, only to find that once you get married, your dog refuses to sleep with anyone else but you. Yes, that includes your husband! Alternatively, you and your spouse may have gotten a dog together, but discover he chooses you over your husband! When your dog would rather choose your side of the bed over your spouse’s, this can be worrying to you and even hurtful to your husband. Since your dog would rather sleep with you than your husband, this may cause favoritism and discomfort, since your husband may feel like the dog likes YOU better. But as long as you find out why your dog seems hostile to your spouse, you’ll be able to find practical solutions!
Why does my dog sleep on me and not my husband?
So, why exactly would your dog rather sleep with you over someone else? Here are some reasons why:
Has your husband been aggressive or angry towards you lately? Your dog can sense aggressiveness or negative feelings towards his owner and thus feels hostile towards your spouse.
Another thing is that studies have shown dogs prefer adult women, as they are more intimidated by men’s deeper voice and bulkier built. Just like people avoid others who are mad or scary, dogs tend to stay away from the same people, instead choosing people who are more welcoming.
Does your husband spend time with your dog? Or is he too busy working to take him for a walk? The time spent with your dog is vital and will be a major factor determining who he prefers more. After all, dogs want to bond and are known to feel comfort with whomever he’s with most. Also, dogs tend to go for people who look like leaders. This not only means, the one who provides for him, but also the one who plays with him! If your husband hasn’t been paying attention to your dog lately, your pet will choose to spend time with someone else who will play with him, meaning you!
Did you marry your husband after you had your dog? Then the unfamiliarity of a new human is the cause. Dogs feel more hostile or unsettled in the presence of a new person since dogs don’t know who they are or what they intend to do.
While this is a hilarious reason, it can also be a factor as to why your dog prefers you! Dogs have a heightened sense of smell, and if they don’t like your husband’s strong perfume or natural scent, he may gravitate towards spending more time with you.
When sleeping in bed, your husband may be unintentionally making your dog uncomfortable, such as lightly kicking or squishing him. This could also explain why your dog would rather move towards you.
How to encourage my dog to sleep with both my husband and me
If your dog loves sleeping with you and not anyone else, there are ways you can remedy that! If your husband feels hurt or uncomfortable with the fact your dog chooses you over him, then here are some things you can do to encourage him to sleep together with your husband:
Sleeping in the room
Ease your dog into the bedroom, by moving his bed and letting him stay in the room. Have your husband reward him if he climbs onto the bed, but make sure your dog knows when to join you in bed and when to stay on the floor.
Fix the scent problem
If your dog doesn’t go near your husband after he bathes but before he sleeps, then it might be a sign that your pet doesn’t like his scent, likely meaning his soap, lotion, or aftershave. Change your beauty products and go for milder scents instead.
You can also experiment with using lavender spray, this is a scent which dogs like and which helps them feel at ease, spraying this on your partners side of the bed may help.
Show some love
It all boils down to affection and bonding. If your dog trusts you, then he’ll return the love through snuggling back, may it be on the couch or the bed! A dog who snuggles with you either adores you, feels very happy or cold, or it’s the nature of his breed to cuddle. Whatever the reason, you and your husband should learn how to properly take care of him to give him the love he deserves. That way, he’ll want to sleep with both you and your husband!
Sleeping with your dog may be difficult, especially if he happens not to like your husband. But luckily, there are ways to remedy that. As long as you evaluate the reasons why your dog would rather sleep with you, you’ll be able to find the solution and encourage him to love both of you equally.
I hope that this article answers your question: “Why does my dog sleep with me and not my spouse?” Now, you know what to do to encourage your pet to sleep with both of you. So what are you waiting for? Fix the relationship between your husband and your dog today.
If you have any more questions or would like to share your experiences about your dog’s sleep preferences, then comment below. I would love to hear what you say.
Ronnie is the JugDog site editor and a dog expert who has lived and worked with dogs his entire life. Living in St. Helens, UK with his wife son and Jug Dog Jeff Ronnie spends most of time researching the answers to the burning questions of the dog community as well as reviewing the latest and greatest dog products.
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