The Question : Is it a show of dominance if my dog tries to sleep in my bed ?
The Answer : Not only is it not an attempt by your dog to show dominance, but your dogs mind couldn’t even remotely conceive of this as a dominance issue. Let alone trying to show dominance in this way.
The Issue : Humans in our infinite wisdom have adamantly described this as a dominance play by our dogs, because of what we consider to be dominant positions. Height equals power in our human logic.
1- The Kings Throne.
2- A Judges bench.
3- The Penthouse.
4- Worship at the feet of.
5-The head of the table.
6- Kids always want the top bunk.
7- I Call Shotgun (a guy/car thing meaning, “I got the front passenger seat”)
Somehow over the years this type of mentality has made it’s way into the behavior field while describing a dogs inherent behaviors.
Let me reiterate dogs like to sleep with their pack regardless of where the pack sleeps, whether it’s the floor, couch or your bed. If your dog prefers to sleep in the lap of luxury on your brand new posturepedic mattress, so be it.
Now if you have a dog that growls at you while they are laying on your wonderful new bed, I would suggest to you that this is not a dominance issue related to your bed. And I would bet that your dog also growls at you, even if he’s sleeping on the floor.
The Spirit Dog