With all the choices available, how do you choose the best bed for your dog? Of course it depends on your dog, but since they can't tell you if they like firm or soft and they don't know what a sleep number is. We need to make the choice for them.
To do this we need to look at our dog, does your dog have a short coat and like to cuddle? Or does your dog have a thick double coat and prefer to lay on the cool tile floors? Do you have a big dog like a Great Dane or cute little Yorkie? Another thing you need to think about is your dog's age.
When we look at dog beds they come in every shape and size. There are familiar brands such as Serta and Simmons Beauty Rest which mimic our own beds. There are Orthopedic Memory Foam cushions and Bolster and Sofa beds that can be both practical and stylish additions to your décor. Keep all these things in mind when searching for your perfect dog bed.
The first step in choosing the right bed is to Measure your Dog from tip of nose to tail with a measuring tape. This is especially important if your dog loves to stretch out and relax, you'll want to make sure you're getting the right-sized bed. Some dogs prefer to curl up and be cradled in a smaller round bed. Some beds are based on weight, a large heavier dog will require thicker, denser cushion. A heavier dog will flatten out thinner cushions and your dogs bed won't last as long or be as comfortable.
The next step in choosing the right bed is to Choose the Location for the Dog Bed. Where you want to put the bed will help to determine the shape and color. Do you have a certain corner or area you'd like to put your dog bed? Keep that area in mind when choosing your pets new bed. Do you want the dog bed in your bedroom or do you prefer them to be in the family room?
Our next important step is Determine Which Features Are Most Important. Is your dog older with arthritis? Then a bed with thick padding or memory foam may be your best for your dog. Is your dog a little shy and tries to find secluded areas to sleep then a hooded bed may make your pup happier. Does your dog like to rest its head on things? A bolster or Sofa bed would be the perfect fit for those dog. There are also Cuddle and Self Warming beds for those dogs that tend to be chilled easy such as short-haired dogs or aging pets.
The final step to choosing a dog bed is Fabric and Washing Instructions. While most dog beds are covered with machine-washable fabrics we need to look at the dog versus need to wash. Do you have a young puppy just learning to be house broken or an older dog with some bladder issues? Then you want a dog bed that is easily washed in your home washer and dryer if accidents happen. If you have a well-adjusted dog, then you can choose a bed that isn't quite so easy to wash. For outside dogs you will want to look for a bed that is weather resistant and UV protected, Like the cot style beds that are popular now.
These are only some of the durable beds which are highly popular nowadays. Apart from these, there are also a variety of pet beds which are different in shape and structure.
Some of the other popular varieties include a donut shaped bed, orthopedic beds, covered beds and kennel beds. Select one according to your requirement and you are all set to create a new comfort zone for your dog.
Your dog should always have somewhere comfortable to check that sleep at night and rest during the day. Preferably something cool like a trampoline bed or cooling bed in summer, and a cosy warm bed in winter.
Comfort is important and becomes more important as your dog gets older and starts to suffer from arthritis and general aching old bones and muscles.
A good quality bed will also have features like being able to remove the covers for cleaning and washing, so look for all the things that make life easier for you in maintaining the hygiene of your dog's bedding.