All About Dog Beds

miniature dachshund on a tempur pedic dog mattress
OK, here’s the TL;DR: get your dog a nice, comfortable, perfectly-sized bed.

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 the day away. 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 cozy furniture to snooze on. Dogs are creatures of habit and will typically sleep in the same spot. Do you like this intro? OK, here’s the TL;DR: get your dog a nice, comfortable, perfectly-sized bed.

Pick A Bed That Will Suit Your Dog’s Personality And Sleeping Habits

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.

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. Ikea has a Lurvig sofa for your dog. That says it all.

Buy a Dog Bed That’s 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 their actual size. Our miniature dachshund loves fluffy things and we love ridiculous cat houses: match made in heaven.

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.

miniature dachshund in dog house. She loves being halfway in and halfway out

Durability is the Name of the Game: Get Something 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. You need a dog bed that can be chewed by your dog and won’t get shredded by its claws. Pick a dog bed cover that is washable and made from durable fabric. Consider the color and style of the dog bed: you might want that piece of furniture to complement the rest of your interior.

Where will you put your dog bed?

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.Publicité

It Helps With Anxiety

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 during the work day. Having safe space helps your dog ward off anxiety when alone. Most dogs have a a favorite spot in the house. The dog bed should go there if you want to help your dog relax.

Invest in a Good Dog Bed

Heated dog beds and orthopedic foam dog beds are available and are excellent choices for older and arthritic dogs. Your dog will definitely appreciate it. Our dog has a memory foam mattress thanks to my husband loving anything that promises to make his little princess happy. Seriously, she has so many accessories that it’s crazy: see the Zee Dog articles to see what I mean.

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.


Help, My Dog Chews the Dog Bed!

The Kuranda dog bed has a patented protective sleeve that the fabric slides into. This means no corner gaps or exposed fabric. Nothing left to chew! These dog beds come with a yearlong “chew proof” warranty. You can choose between vinyl, cordura and 40 oz. vinyl. Each fabric is recommend for a type of chewer. These cot style dog beds are a few inches off of the ground which helps keep everything sanitary.


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