Or, they want to dominate and control the moment. What people don't realize is that dogs can be quite controlling when they want their owner to be No. 1. They can act out and I've had people call me and tell me "my dog won’t let my husband or boyfriend or girlfriend in the bedroom." So, what's really going on is that the dog's guarding their territory.
Some dogs care, some don't. It’s the natural instinct in the dog. It can happen with men or women, it just depends on the dog’s history with the owner. The first thing you have to do is take the dog off the bed. That's the No. 1 remedy... then put them in their own bed or a crate, or gate them off.
Dogs are emotional animals like we are. They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, so I've been using that method in New York. So, ballpark, it takes around three weeks to train your dog not to go ballistic when you're having sex. It's teaching a dog not to be on your bed, then teaching your dog how to be in another room and be OK with that. But, there can be separation anxiety when the dog's not with their owner.
Still, the dogs have this in their DNA and watching their owners having sex in bed can be interpreted in a lot of different ways.
Dogs have been domesticated to hunt for us and guard us; dogs are supposed to guard and protect. That’s the initial primal reason we have them. Now, we don't want them to bark or pee or do what we initially bred them to do. In New York, we have doormen to be our protectors now. Still, the dogs have this in their DNA and watching their owners having sex in bed can be interpreted in a lot of different ways.
Especially with the breed type: a Doberman or a Rottweiler or German shepherd... they are classic guard dogs. With the lifestyle that goes on in New York, dogs aren’t getting walked that often and only spend time with their owners at night, so they don't like when other people are suddenly thrown in the mix. I have a Chihuahua that I adopted and he doesn't even like when people come to my front door.
In conclusion: the short answer is that it really depends on how you train your dog. If you've spent your entire life happily allowing them to sleep on your bed, then yes, they might care if someone else takes their spot. Dogs were bred to care for humans and can't comprehend the act of love for what it is: not an act of attempted murder. So, do yourself a favor and don't let your dog double as a cuddle-buddy.
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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and honestly can't get off unless he's doing it in front of a Dalmatian.