A Dog’s Bed

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by J.Hamburg

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Finding A Good Bed For Your Dog

Dogs are our best friends and companions, and we want to provide them with the same amount of comfort that we have – often our canine companions are treated to more luxuries than we are, and rightly so. These beautiful animals provide us with unconditional love and comfort, make us smile when we are feeling sad and generally bring all round joy to our lives. So, when choosing a bed for your dog, there are many things you may want to consider.

Dogs are extremely active, some breeds more than others, and after a day full of canine excitement – going for walks, discovering new smells, meeting other friends of all species and doing those puppy zooms around the house and garden, they need somewhere comfortable to catch up on their rest to get ready for another exciting day.

There are lots of different types of bed for you to look and decide what best suits your best friend, a good place to start looking is on Pupster Passion reviews.

What kind of dog bed?

Well, most importantly you want your dog to be comfortable. Dogs, as you know, have all manner of different sleeping positions, from curled up as small as possible, to stretched out to take up the whole rug, or sofa! So, the bed you choose needs to be big enough to let your dog sleep in, and move around in easily, if they want to stretch their legs, they should also be able to do that.

You’ll need to take into consideration your dog’s breed, personality and age. A Chihuahua is going to need a very different bed to a Great Dane, for example. Some dogs prefer to sleep in a bed with high sides, if they need to feel secure, whilst others will prefer the mattress type. If you have more than one dog, you will need one bed for each dog, even if they mostly sleep cuddled together, it is important they have their own space to retreat to if they need it.

What difference does dog breed make?

Breed is an important consideration. Some breeds such as Greyhounds, don’t have much fat covering their joints, so you might want to consider extra padding for this particular breed.

Some dogs get hot easily, such as Husky and Malamute types, so any bedding with heat reflecting abilities may not be the best thing. The same goes for brachycephalic, or ‘flat faced’ breeds like Pugs and French Bulldogs for example. These dogs are known for loving their comforts, but because of their facial structure they can easily overheat, so be careful in your bed selection.

Some dogs are well known for chewing, so if your dog likes to chew things, it would be worth looking at a bed that is a bit more indestructible.

Does age matter?

Yes, in a nutshell. Dogs who are older may have stiff joints and find it more difficult to get up and down, and can find it more difficult to get in and out of high sided beds. Our senior companions have less energy than their younger counterparts, and therefore will spend more time sleeping and resting in their bed, so consider an orthopaedic type mattress, that has a special type of filling to support the joints, and are also flat so that there are no high sides to step over.

Puppies on the other hand will need a small bed at first which will need to be changed to a larger bed as he or she grows. Puppies are well renowned for chewing everything, so a bed that is chew proof would be ideal.

Any other considerations?

Dogs are often quite messy, coming in from the garden with mud and grass on them, or digging up a prized ball and proudly showing it to you by dropping it in their bed. For this reason, it’s usually easier to get a bed that is easily washable, whether that’s the entire bed, or an easily removable cover that can be put straight into the washing machines.

If your dog often gets wet, from jumping in rivers or ponds, or likes sitting out in the rain, it might be worth looking at beds that are waterproof, especially at the bottom so your flooring doesn’t become damp.

Where shall I place a dog bed?

Ideally somewhere that is neither too hot or too cold, so not in somewhere that gets really hot like a sunroom or conservatory, and not somewhere cold and draughty like a chilly hallway.

Depending on your dog’s personality, and the relationship you have with your companion, you may want multiple beds around the house and on different levels for different times of the day, and whether your dog would like a quieter area, or somewhere where he or she can be the centre of everything.

Any extras?

Some dogs love to burrow, so having extra blankets can be comforting for these breeds. There are also a multitude of heating and cooling pads available depending on the needs of your dog, but make sure you read the instructions on these, and maybe don’t use them if your dog is a chewer.

There are also dog beds that are on very small legs so they are off of the ground, which is ideal if your dog gets hot easily. The airflow underneath helps to keep the bed slightly cooler.

Cave beds, or igloo beds are often welcomed by dogs that like to be tucked away, or feel anxious. These beds provide a comforting environment, and your companion will feel secure and covered in an igloo type bed – these beds can get quite warm which can be a bonus or not depending on breed, so that’s something to think about.

There are many different types of beds for your canine friend, and practically any want or need can be found, in all the colours of the rainbow. Consider the needs of your dog carefully, and they will love you forever for giving them somewhere comfortable and safe to relax in.