Which Dog Bed is Right for Your Dog?

Narrated from: Dog Beds

For most people, the family dog is as much a part of the family as the human members. Just as we like to be comfortable, so do our dogs and a dog bed is a great way to give them their own place to relax. We humans however, may be overwhelmed with all the different types, shapes and sizes of dog beds available. Here are some points to keep in mind when choosing the right bed for your dog.

One of the first things you want to look for is a washable cover. You may even be able to purchase an extra bed cover. Washing the cover on a weekly basis helps keep it clean and comfortable. Also, if you will be placing the bed in the family room and decorating is important, try to choose a design that complements the room furnishings.

Ok, let’s look at your dog’s sleeping preferences. When she is napping or relaxing what are her habits? Does she take a blanket, fluff it to her liking and settle in the middle? Does she circle before settling? Perhaps a round bed with bolstering all around will work for her, but what if she likes to settle down and stretch out? A pillow bed may be more to her liking. These resemble a large pillow that goes on the floor, enabling the dog to curl up or stretch out. If your dog is permitted on the furniture, finding a bed that is similar in firmness, or softness, to her favorite piece of furniture would make her happy. There are even sofa beds for those dogs which prefer to sleep on the sofa.

Also, consider your dog’s health and age as well as general conduct. Breeds that chew on a regular basis won’t do well with anything containing stuffing as it could cause a blockage of the intestines when eaten. The older dog and larger breeds will benefit from extra support for their joints and there are orthopedic mattresses available for them. They would also enjoy a warming bed or memory foam mattress. Yes, they make them for dogs!

Giant breeds such as the Great Pyrenees (Pyrenean Mountain Dog) and brachycephalic breeds face a constant struggle to keep cool in the heat. The brachycephalic dog has compromised upper airways that hinder their ability to inhale which inhibits panting. Panting is how dogs cool themselves. This is common in the Pug, Shih Tzu and Boxer to name a few. There are cooling beds available to give them relief from the heat.

Don’t forget to consider where the dog will use the bed. If they sleep in a crate it’s important that the bed fit the crate and the bolstered beds work well here. If the bed will be used outdoors, such as on the deck or camping, look for a waterproof bed suitable for indoor and outdoor use. There are also a variety of eco-friendly beds made of recycled and organic material.

Perhaps one of the most important factors is your budget. Dog beds can cost anywhere from under $20 to several hundred dollars. If you can afford a quality bed then buy one. It will save you the cost of replacing several cheap beds. Also, consider whether you will need more than one bed. Perhaps the dog sleeps in a crate while you are out but in your room at night. If you don’t permit the dog on the bed, then you may need one for the bedroom also. No matter how many or what type of bed you purchase, make sure it is the right size for your dog to be comfortable.

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