Choosing the Right Dog Bed

Choosing the Right Dog Bed

Posted Jan 18, 2019 in Guides

You’ve probably found your dog sprawled out on the couch, lying on the kitchen floor, and possibly even using one of your coats as a resting place once before. It may seem like your pup could curl up and fall asleep just about anywhere, but that doesn’t mean they should have to. Your canine companion needs a comfortable place to call their own, but where do you start? Choosing the right bed for you dog can be confusing, but if you take in the necessary factors below your pooch will be sleeping peacefully in no time!

what fido finds most comfortable

There are dozens upon dozens of different styles of dog beds you can discover, each offering a different type of comfort and depending on your furry friend some will be much better than others. Observing how your dog sleeps is the best way to get started.

  • Flat Beds: These are exactly what they sound like, flat and rectangular, similar to human style mattress. This style is ideal for a dog who often sprawls out and doesn’t enjoy anything touching them while they sleep.
  • Bolster Beds: These beds contain side and back cushioned walls that sort of resemble a miniature couch. These types of beds are perfect for your furry friend who often leans on you or other items in their sleep.
  • Round Beds: You can find these types of beds both flat and bolstered, but either way they are the best choice for your pup who curls up into a ball for their snoozing sessions.

the materials matter

Depending on your dog’s habits, you’ll want to be on the lookout for specific materials when choosing their bed. If your dog has a chewing problem you’ll want to take that into account and not get a bed with easily rippable materials. Another important thing to remember is your dog’s allergies, some canines are allergic to specific materials, so always check the label. One thing you should always look out for no matter the dog is that the covers can be machine washed, as well as waterproof or have a liner provided. These will ensure your dog’s bed stays in tip-top shape for years to come.

how much support does your dog need

Orthopedic dog beds are beneficial for dogs at any age or of any size. Many dog beds claim to be something they aren’t though, which can be tricky when looking for your pups perfect bed. With this being said, some dogs do not prefer a memory foam and might enjoy a simple pillow top or a full pillowed bed. If your furry freind experiences joint pain, which many do, orthopedic is hands down the way to go, if you’re not sure, we recommend starting with orthopedic and if your pup seems to dislike it then go down to pillow top, and if they still seem dissatisfied then go for the full pillowed bed.

your pups weight and size

Another factor to not forget is your dogs overall built. If you have a larger dog look into companies that specialize in larger beds, or at least offer bigger sizes. If you have a small dog, also make sure you’re picking out a bed accordingly so they don’t end up vanishing in an over-sized cushion. The size of the bed matters and will affect how your dog views and enjoys it. If you have a heavier dog, they will more than likely sink into a simple cushion filling. A thicker orthopedic style will probably be the most comfortable for a dog like that.

The type of dog bed you invest in is just as important as the one you would buy for yourself. They won’t be nearly as expensive, but they will be worth every penny by investing in your dogs health and happiness.

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