Why does my dog sleep on my pillow?

You know that your dog could sleep in several places in your house but choose to sleep on your pillow. Although you have arranged a comfortable place for him, he refuses to sleep in his bed, bag, or crate. After all, where should a dog sleep during the night?

If your dog wants to be close to you, there’s a good chance they will snuggle up to you when they sleep.

If you’re not around, the next best option would be to take comfort in your scent.

Your pillow is the perfect place to find warmth, comfort and a reminder of you!

Your dog sleeping on the pillow next to you could indicate that they want to keep tabs on where you are, even whilst they’re asleep, deriving from a desire to protect you or simply for comfort. 
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Why does my dog sleep on my pillow?
Dogs sleeping together
Dogs sleeping together

Dogs usually sleep close together in their pack, but sleeping on your pillow might be a form of acceptance of you being its leader.

When lying in bed, the most ventilated are is your pillow so your dog would choose this spot for a night of better sleep.

You might wonder why it chooses your pillow and not the one belonging to your partner. Dogs would stay closer to the person they consider to be in charge and are more attached.

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If you have children, maybe your dog will choose to sleep in their room.

Dogs are very protective of new born babies.
Don’t be surprised that your dog will want to spend more time in the room or near the baby.

As are the smallest of your “pack” and you being the” leader of the pack”, your dog feels they are more vulnerable and wants to do his best to protect them.

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Dog protecting baby sleeping
Dog protecting baby sleeping
Dog sleeping in my bed
Dog sleeping in my bed

How to stop your dog sleeping on your pillow?

If you want to stop this habit, make sure you provide your dog with a comfortable place to sleep in.

You could use a crate with crate covers and pillows, a padded dog tent, or a dog sleeping bag.

In the beginning, you might find it useful to leave in its place your unwashed pillow cover so that your dog will still feel close to you.

It might take some time to train your dog to stop using your pillow when napping and start sleeping on its own pillow.

Remaining being firm, clear in your commands, armed with patience and lots of treats you will succeed in no time!

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Dog sleeping on my pillow
Dog sleeping on my pillow
I sleep with dogs pillow
I sleep with dogs pillow

Conclusion

In general, dogs do not need a pillow to sleep. Instead, you definitely need one.

So, if your dog is still sleeping on your pillow, and you want to keep him close, it’s lovely. This way, he can get your attention and be near you, strengthening the relationship.