A Complete Guide To Dog Beds
Choosing a bed for your dog can be a little daunting. How do you find the best bed for your beloved pooch? You need to think about their needs and what sort of bed might be right for them. Some of the things you might consider include their age, size, breed and coat type.
Your dog’s bed is their safe place, where they feel comfortable and relaxed. It’s important to get a bed that your dog is happy to sleep in. There are dog beds for every type of dog, dog beds come in a huge range of sizes, shapes, and materials depending on your needs. Before deciding on what type of dog bed to buy here are some things you should consider.
Where will the bed go in your home?
The first thing you need to think about is where the bed will go in your home. Dog beds can take up more room than you think. The last thing you want to do is order a bed and realise you have nowhere to put it.
You also need to decide on a place in your house where your dog will be comfortable. They will probably prefer a quieter area where they can get away from the noise and people in the household. It also shouldn’t be near any drafts or your dog could catch a chill. Equally, you don’t want it to be in an area of your home that’s going to be too hot.
Does your dog have any special requirements?
Does your dog have any allergies? Do they have back or joint problems? Think about whether your dog has any special requirements that might have an impact on what dog bed you get. For example dogs with allergies should go for a hypoallergenic bed.
Where do they feel most comfortable?
Does your dog love lying across the cool, hard kitchen floor or do they prefer snuggling up on a nice comfy sofa. Obserb where your dog tends to relax in your home and it might help you decide what sort of material they would prefer.
Your dog’s sleeping position
Dogs sleep in lots of different positions. Some positions they sleep in certainly don’t look comfortable even if your dog seems perfectly happy. Does your dog stretch their legs out, curl up in a ball like a fox or lie on their back with their legs in the air? Watch them and make a note of their favourite sleeping position and then choose a bed shape that is most suitable.
What size bed will they require?
Think about how big your dog is and consider how large their bed needs to be. They will need to be able to stretch out on their bed to make sure the size you choose can accommodate this.
Does your dog get very dirty?
Does your dog love to jump in muddy puddles and get really dirty? If so you might want to get either a bed you can wash very easily, or choose a plastic waterproof bed. If they are very young or tend to have quite a few accidents then a waterproof dog bed might be a sensible choice.
Does your dog shed a lot?
If your dog sheds a lot of fur then you will probably want a bed that you can vacuum easily. You probably want to stay away from materials that attract hairs such as wool and cotton.
How old is your dog?
Older dogs have different requirements when it comes to a bed. They need something that will support their joints and provide them with comfort as life gets more difficult. Orthopedic beds are particularly good for older dogs, including memory foam beds that provide added comfort. Some older dogs also prefer firmer beds that give them more support.
Does your dog like to chew things?
If your dog likes to chew things then you might want to buy a bed that’s made from tougher material. If you don’t opt for a more sensible choice you might come home to a demolished dog bed and bedding all over your lounge.
Bed for puppies
Remember if you are getting a bed for a puppy that you will need one big enough for them to grow into. Otherwise, you will find yourself buying three or four different sized beds as they get bigger. Puppy beds should be nice and soft and most importantly, easy to clean.
Getting your dog used to their new bed
Sometimes dogs take a while to settle into their new bed. You may need to introduce them to it slowly with treats. One of the reasons dogs choose not to sleep in new beds is because they are too hot. Your dog might find it really comfy, but they will always retreat to somewhere cooler.
Try and make their new bed feel more like home by putting some of their toys inside or next to it, your dog will be reassured by the familiar smell.
How much do you want to spend on a dog bed? We all love to treat our dogs and getting them a comfy bed is important. Similarly to humans, dogs spend a large portion of their time snoozing in their bed. However, you need to think about how much you are willing to spend on a dog bed. You can get anything from affordable basic dog beds to plush luxury designer beds.
Different types of dog bed
- Donut beds
- Waterproof beds
- Oval beds
- Dog cushions
- Dog duvets
- Dog beanbags
- Plastic oval beds
Dog bed brands
We sell a wide selection of beds from some of the most well-known brands. Here are some of the brands of dog bed we sell:
- Danish design
- Enchanted home pet
- Hemmo and co
- House of paws
- P and L Leisure
- Pet Brands Ltd
- Pet Face
Take a look at our fantastic range of dog beds byand find your dog a perfect bed.