When it comes to pets in our bed, researchers not prepared to let sleeping dogs lie
Published:30 October 2014
PhD candidate Peta Hazelton and her dog 'Bruce'
“Honours student Peta Hazelton is now developing a more dedicated and comprehensive survey of human-animal co-sleeping practices, with a full questionnaire-based study, to gain even more understanding of the practice.”
Ms Hazelton said her more detailed research would look further into the co-sleeping practice and sleeping habits.
"It also aims to understand what may or may not influence co-sleeping behaviour, such as whether certain dog-owner interactions and perceptions of the relationship may or may not influence co-sleeping behaviour," she said.
"It will also identify whether attachment features, such as security and separation anxiety, are present in those who co-sleep.
"The project also aims to identify whether certain personality traits of the owner and the dog are common amongst co-sleepers.
"I want to determine whether these factors all differ between co-sleepers and non co-sleepers, not only to determine what may influence the practice but so later down the track further research could look into whether these differences (if any are found), particularly attachment and the relationship aspects, may be enhanced by the co-sleeping relationship."