A pet owner’s love knows no bounds, and for many of us, this means allowing our dogs onto our beds for those warm, cuddly moments. However, this might cause concerns about our beloved canine friends falling off the bed. Before we get into how to prevent such falls, let’s first delve into why they might occur.
Why does my dog keep falling off the bed?
Many dog owners share their beds with their furry friends. It’s a lovely way to bond, and it can be comforting for both the dog and the owner. However, it can be quite alarming to wake up to a thud in the middle of the night and find that your dog has fallen off the bed.
There are several reasons why your dog might fall off the bed, and understanding the cause can help you prevent it from happening in the future. Here are some of the most common reasons:
Just like humans, dogs can move a lot in their sleep. They might twitch, kick, or even run in their dreams. This is generally normal behavior and a sign of deep, restful sleep. However, if your dog is a particularly active sleeper and your bed is not big enough, they might accidentally roll off the edge.
Dreams (moving in sleep)
Dogs, like humans, dream and can become quite active during their dream states. During REM sleep, the stage when dreams occur, dogs might twitch, shake, paddle their paws, or even bark. If they’re lying close to the edge of the bed during a dream, they could inadvertently move too far and fall off.
While it’s less common, seizures could be another reason why your dog is falling off the bed. If your dog has a seizure disorder, they might experience a seizure while they’re sleeping. This could cause them to fall off the bed. If you suspect that this is the case, it’s important to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
Older dogs, or those with health conditions like arthritis, may have trouble getting comfortable on the bed. They may shift positions frequently or move suddenly due to discomfort or pain. This restlessness could cause them to inadvertently fall off the bed.
Vestibular disorders can affect a dog’s balance and spatial orientation, making it difficult for them to move around safely. Dogs with these disorders can become disoriented and may fall off the bed if they move too close to the edge.
Attempting to Get Off the Bed
If your dog tries to get off the bed in the middle of the night, they might misjudge the distance and fall. This is especially common in smaller dogs, who may not be able to safely jump down from a high bed.
Wrapped in Covers
Some dogs love to snuggle under the covers. While this is often cute and harmless, it can also lead to accidents. If your dog gets too wrapped up in the bed covers, they might roll or slide off the bed without realizing it.
Dogs with vision problems, particularly those that are blind, can easily misjudge distances and may fall off the bed. They may not realize how close they are to the edge, leading to accidents.