Sleep is important and if you are reading this article, it means you obviously care for your dog’s rest! Usually, dogs can rest anywhere, and sometimes they even prefer to rest on a cooler surface, for example, directly on the floor after an intense round of play. However, when it’s night, it brings them a great deal of comfort to have their own bed. Especially if you don’t want your dog to come into your bed, it is a well-tested idea to put one of your clothes in the dog bed. This way the fur buddies will feel your presence right next to them and will be able to rest well in their own bed, through the night. This is why it is important to have pet beds for dogs.
How to Select Pet Beds for Dogs?
Choosing a pet bed can be an overwhelming process. It is an important decision for your fur baby. Leaving aside the size, there are several types of pet beds, available in the market for dogs and each is designed for something specific. Some important types of pet beds for dogs are listed below:
- Plush Pet Beds
- Orthopedic Pet Beds
- Outdoor Pet Beds
- Donut Pet Beds
- Nest Pet Beds
- Bolster-type Pet Beds
- Cave-style Pet Beds
- Hammock Pet Beds
Then, of course, each kind comes into various sizes, “small pet beds” and “large pet beds” and sometimes they can be categorized based upon the material they are made up of like “Fleece Pet Beds” or “Foam Pet Beds”.
This is why it can be very confusing, especially for the new pet owners to decide on one. But don’t worry, by the time you are done reading this article, you will know exactly which bed is good for your dog!
There are several aspects you need to consider before buying one such as your dog’s needs, sleeping style, health issues, age, and size, etc. I am going to list all the aspects below to help you decide the right bed for your fur baby:
1. Your Dog’s Needs
Is your dog a little monster who likes to chew everything he gets his jaws on? If that’s the case, you don’t want to spend your money on something expensive or extravagant because one day when you come home, you will find the bed tore apart and you will have to buy a new one. So for dogs who like to chew their bread and treat it as a toy, cheaper beds are recommended so that they can be easily replaceable.
Temperature sensitivity is another thing, you might want to consider. If your dog is well-trained then based upon where you live, and the dog’s breed, you might want to go with the bed with an inbuilt heater or cooler. You can observe your dog at night, where he likes to sleep on. For instance, our pup comes in bed but soon enough he goes down on the floor which is a colder surface than the bed. We have a Shih Tzu pup. So for him, we bought a bed with an inbuilt cooler and he loves it!
2. Sleeping Style
This is an important point and very easy to observe. There are only two kinds of dogs:
- Dogs who sleep stretched out completely, they need a larger bed than their size.
- Dogs who like to cuddle upon themselves, they need a smaller bed than their size and preferably with sides to lean on.
So based upon their sleeping style, you can choose the size of the bed.
This is obvious that you need to understand the size of your dog and then combine it with the above point to estimate the bed size. However, one good practice can be to measure your dog when they are sleeping. This way you get a better idea of the bed size.
4. Health Issues And Special Needs
There are several kinds of beds in the market, each designed to suit specific health conditions or special needs of your pet. One example can be “Orthopedic Pet Beds” for those dogs who suffer from sore joints or arthritis. And you need to go with “Donut Bed” if your dog likes to feel secure.
I have written an article about it to explain various kinds of pet beds. If your dog has a health condition or special needs, you should check it out to make the proper decision.
5. Your Comfort And Needs
Last but not least, your own comfort also plays an important role in the selection of the bed. For example, the color of the bed is totally optional so you should always go with something which suits and go with the surrounding decor. That will make it look good and will give you a feeling that it belongs.
Also, you need to decide the location of the bed in the room based upon how much space you got and what are the entry and exit points of the room. That can help decide the shape of the bed.
Lastly, if your dog is not trained well or has some medical condition, you might want to go with a bed that is easily washable because you might need to wash it often.
That being said, consider those points and decide a budget because the prices for the same kind of bed can vary based upon the brand and quality of the bed. Whereas most beds come with a mattress inside, it is not always necessary. In that case, you will need to buy one separately, and based upon the type of bed you have chosen, you might need to buy a pillow as well. Just keep in mind to have an extensible budget, in case you need to spend some extra cash to get a full bed set.
I hope this article helped you to choose the right bed for your pet. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them in the comments section below.
The bed is an important accessory your dog needs in order to sleep comfortably at night and it is your responsibility to provide them with one. Good luck!