How To Choose The Perfect Bed For Your Dog?
The Importance of Getting a Dog Bed
Investing on a good quality dog bed is one of the more important things a dog owner can do for their dog.
A lot of people assume that getting a dog bed is an indulgence or a luxury.
A good dog bed is far from that. Your dog needs a warm, supportive bed in just the same way that you do. A quality dog bed can provide security for your dog, as well as other far reaching benefits on their health and wellbeing.
There are lots of different types of dog beds available. You can get small dog beds, large dog beds, quilted, water proofed and even fashionable dog beds!
A good bed will help calm your dog
One of the little understood benefits of a dog bed is the security it can provide for your dog. Many dogs suffer from anxiety and stress, especially when their owner is away for extended periods.
Having a place that your dog can go to when they feel anxious or maybe when they just want some time-out can benefit your dogs’ emotional wellbeing.
When you get your new dog bed, observe where your dog prefers to lie. Most dogs have a special area that they favor more than others. This is where you need to put your dogs’ new bed. This will be 'their spot'.
Let your four-legged friend rest comfortably
A good quality dog bed will provide insulation for your dog especially during the night. It will also provide essential support from a hard cold floor. Although dogs will sleep on a floor, it is often uncomfortable for them. This is usually the reason that they sneak onto the furniture the minute you leave the house. Your dog will be glad of a comfy warm bed of its own.
In a lot of dogs, as they get older they will start to suffer from joint pain, arthritis and hip problems. This can occur in much younger dogs too. These ailments are just as painful for your dog as they are for humans. If your dog sleeps on a hard floor, or in an area where cold draughts exist it can compound the problem.
An additional problem here is that your dog will probably not be sleeping well, which can lead to other problems such as lethargy and unwillingness to go for walks and exercise. Luckily for your dog, you can get orthopedic dog beds which are specially designed to provide relief for your dog from such symptoms.
Something else you will need to consider when getting a new dog bed is what size bed to get. The rule of thumb here is to measure your dog from head to toe when it is in its natural sleeping position. When you have this measurement you must add about 5 inches. This will be the size of bed you need to get. If you find it difficult to measure your dog sleeping, try measuring with your dog standing. This will give you a slightly longer measurement but will give you a rough idea what size you are looking for.
If you invest in a good quality dog bed that is washable, it may last the life time of your dog. Buying a cheaper bed is a false economy as these will quickly wear out.
You can be sure that your dog will appreciate a new bed and with the added benefits discussed in this article, it's well worth the investment.
Anyone with a pet dog knows that these lovable creatures love to curl up snugly or stretch out nonchalantly at their favorite spot and snooze. Right after an energetic game of catch or past feeding time, dogs usually retreat to their own space and sleep to regain their strength and liveliness.
Dogs love a warm, comfortable and quiet place to rest. Puppies love to be cuddled and usually dig the couch or his master’s lap when about to nod off into dog dreamland. Thus, it is a necessity to have a nice, comfortable and perfectly-sized bed for your dog. Your doggy will absolutely appreciate their own cozy sleeping and napping spot.
Dogs are creatures of habit and will typically sleep at the same spot, so a comfy dog bed at their own corner is a great gift that your dog will be grateful for.
How to choose the righ one?
Assortments Of Dog Beds
Of course you can create your own dog bed: a wooden box with a pillow or blanket is an easy and inexpensive alternative. There are, however, a huge assortment of dog beds available at pet supply stores that will perfectly suit your dog. Really now, Fido can’t choose a bed for himself so here are some tips that can be useful when buying a dog bed.
1. Pick A Bed That Will Suit Your Dog's Personality And Sleeping Habits
You should know the type of bed your dog would be most comfortable in. Dog beds come in many different styles like round nests, donut or cuddler beds, round fluffy balls or pillows, square flat mattresses and sofa shaped beds sized just right for a dog. Does your dog love to curl up into one big fur ball? Then a cuddler, similar to a pillow with sides, would be appropriate. If he’s a sprawling sleeper, a larger mat would be excellent. Some dogs love to sleep on their bellies; a rectangular-style dog bed would be perfect for them.
2. Your Dog's Size
The size of your dog is an important consideration. A small, thinly padded bed would be adequate for toy dogs like Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus. In comparison, Dobermans and Huskies would need larger, heavily padded beds where they can stretch out comfortably. Whatever size your dog is, pick a dog bed that is slightly larger than him. This is to allow room for growth, especially for puppies, and allow room for movement.
3. Easily Washable
Make sure the dog bed is made of removable and washable materials. It will definitely get dirty and smelly, so it is important that you can easily wash it anytime. Make sure too that the material is appropriate for the dog's fur. Look for machine washable bedding if at all possible.
4. Get Cedar
- Look for a dog bed that is filled with cedar: cedar repels fleas
- Refillable cedar-filled dog beds will make your pet happier and less stressed
- Make sure you don’t have an allergy to cedar
5. Location, Location, Location
Where will you put your dog bed? This is also an important consideration when choosing a bed for your pet so you can pick the right material. Some dog beds are more suitable for an indoor location like in the bedroom or living room instead of outdoors, like in a porch for instance. Climate and local weather are important factors to consider as well. Choose a dog bed that will provide warmth for your dog in winter and air circulation during summer.
Durability is also essential. The dog bed must be able to withstand Fido’s penchant for chewing as well as his sharp claws. As we all know most dogs are messy, so make sure the dog bed you choose is up to the challenge. Pick a dog bed cover that is washable and made from durable fabric.
Perfect bed for your dog
Consider the color and style of the dog bed too. You might want your dog’s bed to complement your walls or furniture. You should know that there are dog beds that can accommodate a variety of your dog’s special needs.
Heated dog beds and orthopedic foam dog beds are available and are excellent choices for older and arthritic dogs. Your dog will definitely appreciate his own bed in his own little space. The health and well-being of your dog will depend not only on diet or exercise but also on how much comfortable sleep and rest he gets.
Your dog needs the comfort of a warm bed in much the same way as you do. Purchasing a dog bed is considered by many as being extravagant. However, it’s far from being a luxury item, and is in fact a necessity. You would not want your dog to sneak onto your couch or curl up on your bed. You can avoid such a situation by providing your dog with a comfy bed of its own.
Investing in a dog bed is as essential as providing good food for your dog. Don’t choose a dog bed just because it’s easy on the pocket. Your main concern should be durability and comfort. A good quality dog bed may last the lifetime of your dog, while a cheaper one may wear out quickly. Therefore, give the best to your faithful canine companion.
Just like every single person has his or her ideas about the perfect bed they wish to rest in, the same thing happens for our beloved pets. There is no general rule that one can apply when it comes to choosing a suitable bed for the animals we care for, only that it must suit their size and needs.
Pets cannot tell us what they wish for, so all the work falls on the owner’s shoulders. Only after buying a bed for our pet can we see if it was a good or a bad choice. If the pet shows that it is happy, then we can say that it was the perfect choice.
Depending on the size and age of the pet and of course on their breed and especially on their personality, there is a large range of dog beds and cat beds we can choose from.
No matter if you want to spend a large amount of money or not, you will find a perfect bed for your pet. The only thing one must is have the patience to look for it. And our pets deserve it!
Take care of your dog, after all they are a part of your family.