Dogs spend more than half of the day sleeping, puppies even more… so a comfy dog bed goes a long way!
With all that sleeping, your dog needs a resting place that is cosy and where she feels safe. Your dog’s bed is the centre of her comfort and safety; it’s where she:
Even if your dog is allowed on the sofa or/and your bed, she also needs her own bed!
So, without further ado, let’s dive into how to choose a dog bed that will accommodate your pooch in particular.
Follow these 7 steps to get the perfect bed for your furry friend:
The size of the dog bed in question is probably one of the most important factors, especially for larger dogs.
Tiny Terriers might enjoy lounging on a Great Dane sized bed, but the reverse isn’t going to work no matter how comical it might appear.
Ideally, the bed will be at least as long as your dog is from snout to rump, but giving a little bit of extra room is a nice touch.
When getting a dog bed, measure your dog first to choose an appropriate size.
Depending on the type of bed, the will also material vary.
There are many material options for the outer layer, like:
For the interior of the bed firm, going for cushy foam is a good option since it’s durable and will last through many uses.
Continue reading to learn more about the different types of dog beds.
You probably already know that anything your dog sleeps on is going to ultimately end up “smelly”.
This means that a machine washable outer layer, at the very least, is pretty much necessary.
Look for a bed that has a cover that unzips for easy machine washing. Otherwise, make sure that it is safe to wash the whole bed in your washing machine.
There’s no need to sacrifice aesthetics for comfort, nowadays you can have both!
Aesthetics: Looks are always going to factor in. A lot of beds come in a pretty impressive range of colours which can be suited to match any décor. The main exception to this is cooling beds which have a tendency to be the same uniform shade of blue.
This is where the different types of bed come into play.
Whether it’s an orthopaedic bed for an ageing, arthritic Akita or a cooling bed for a Bulldog who’s out in the summer heat there’s, something to suit most needs.
There are even mostly indestructible beds for those mighty masticators who think that anything you buy them is a chew toy.
See if your pooch has any particular needs:
P.S. Use the guide in my favourite dog beds for features on the different types of dog beds and to know which will be a better fit your dog.
Here are some extra features and benefits to consider when choosing a bed for your dog:
Of course, the price of dog bed matters and is an important consideration.
Very few of us have an unlimited budget for our furry companions and that means that cost is always going to be a factor at the end of the day.
So especially if you’re short on budget, before making a decision or disregarding certain options, it’s good to keep in mind that a higher price usually means that you get a higher build quality.
It can be worth it to splurge a little bit and get a bed that will outlast four beds that cost half of one. It’s a long-term investment in your dog’s comfort after all!
Here are some of the most comfortable beds for your pooch:
And don’t forget that with my favourite dog beds guide, you’ll discover more about the features for each dog bed and which bed is suitable for your furry companion.
Once you have the right bed for your pooch…
Add a doggy blanket (Amazon link) for burrowing and extra warmth – your dog is going to love it! Some have a great time going under it, turning it around…etc.
You can also put your own old t-shirts with your scent. This is to soothe your pooch when she’s alone, and because she can never get enough of you ;)).