FAQS about Dogs Sleeping on the Floor Instead of In Their Beds
Let’s close out with a few common questions that I see pop up on this topic, shall we?
Why Your Dog Sleeps on the Floor Instead the Bed
The internet is full of hilarious photos of dogs sleeping on the floor right next to their beds, but what makes them reject our well-researched (and, let’s be honest, expensive) purchases?
Unfortunately, we can’t get inside a dog’s head and read its mind, so we can only make educated guesses about why a dog likes or doesn’t like his bed.
The good news is that it’s rarely a cause for concern.
However, if you’re worried about your dog sleeping on the floor, you should speak with your vet. That goes for any time you’re concerned about your dog’s strange behavior.
Let’s assume that it’s not related to medical issues, though, and check out some of the other possible reasons your dog rejects his bed.
One of the most logical reasons why a dog prefers the floor to the bed is the weather. Can you imagine curling up beneath the covers on a hot summer night? I don’t think so.
During summer your dog’s bed might get too stuffy for Sammy’s liking, and he will go looking for a cold spot. The floor is ideal because it feels cool and provides some relief from the heat. Plus, as we know, heat rises, so he’s more likely to catch some cool air down low.
On the other hand, cold/cool weather also might make your dog sleep on the floor. It sounds weird, but my dog does it all of the time. She “chases” the sun’s rays around the house and lays directly in their path on the tiled floor.
Look at where your dog lays on the floor. Is it near a fireplace, heater, or other warm spots? That could give you some major clues, too.
If you’re really worried about Fido sleeping on a cold floor and prefer that he sleeps on a bed, an elevated dog bed is a good option because it keeps them cool in the summer and can easily be moved closer to the heat in the winter.
1 There Is An Issue With His Designated Doggy Bed
Have you recently gifted your furry friend a brand new and improved doggy bed? Does he elect to sleep on the floor next to it, rather than sleep in it? Has he been avoiding the bed that he previously had absolutely no problem sleeping in before?
Sometimes dogs are just straight-up picky. The new bed might be too soft, too hard, or just not to his liking. If he suddenly stopped sleeping in his regular bed, maybe it’s been moved to an undesirable location (yep, they can be that finicky)? Keep trying, you just might find a bed or a spot, that he approves of.
14 Signs Your Dog Doesn’t Love You (Even if You Think They Do)
Contrary to what you might think, dogs are actually very comfortable with sleeping on a hard floor. They just want to feel safe and often prefer the coolest spot they can find. The reason dogs can sleep anywhere is that, unlike people, they have no regrets, allowing them to easily forget what they did five minutes ago.