If your pet has taken over your couch, favorite lounge chair, and yes, even your bed – you are not alone! We love our pets and naturally want to cuddle with them…on the furniture. But giving them a place of their own provides benefits for both you and your pet. Here are a few reasons to give your dog their own bed and tips for choosing the right one for your furry friend.
Benefits of Dog Beds
- A designated dog bed provides your pooch with a sense of security. Find a special spot for your dog to cuddle up so they have the refuge of a safe place at all times.
- Pet beds protect your home by keeping fur, dirt and pet dander off your own bed and other furniture. This is especially important if you have family members who suffer from allergies.
- Dog beds are comfy! They provide cushioning and insulation against the cold, hard floor and help prevent pressure sores.
Choosing the Right Bed
Now you know you need a bed for your pet, but how do you choose one? You know your dog better than anyone, so keep them and these factors in mind when choosing the best bed for your pet.
Sprawlers: If your dog likes to sprawl or stretch, buy a pillow bed that is open. Dogs with thick fur or long fur have a tendency to over-heat so open mattresses that are not too thick work wonders for them.
Snugglers: If your dog likes to sleep curled up or in a position where its paws are tightly tucked under the body, a bolstered dog bed with at least one raised side is ideal. Often called cuddlers, these beds give dogs a sense of security and create that “cozy” feeling.
Security Seekers: Many small dogs (and cats!) love a bed they can “hide” in. A high back and a bit of a cover gives them a private, cozy spot to safely sleep.
When it comes to size, pick a bed that your dog can comfortably stretch out on. Your dog should be able to completely stretch out without hanging off the bed. If your pet’s measurements are in-between sizes, always opt for the larger sized bed.
Age of Pet
If your dog is a young pup or likes to chew, you may need a more durable bed that does not invite chewing; such as a cot style bed. Just keep in mind that no bed is indestructible if you’ve got a determined destroyer!
If you have a senior pet, a low, orthopedic mattress bed may be easier for their joints. An orthopedic dog bed is also a good choice for thinner dogs with more prominent bones because it provides extra cushioning.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Pick a bed that is easy to wash and maintain. This makes controlling odors, dirt and fleas more manageable. Small beds are easy to toss in the washing machine. Look for larger beds with zip-off covers that can be removed and washed separately from the mattress or stuffing.
Keep these factors in mind when selecting a bed for your pet and they will be comfortably cat-napping in no time! If you are still not sure which bed is right for your pet, we are here to help! Bring your pet by one of our stores and we can find the perfect one together.