How to Choose a Perfect Dog Bed for Your Dog
Dogs are usually active during the day and need a nice place to rest. Most dogs will sleep wherever is comfortable for them. They are not particularly picky as long as the resting place is convenient for them.
However, it is always a good idea to have a specific space resting for your dog. There are plenty of choices for dog beds available.
Here are some factors you should consider when getting a dog bed for napping and resting at night:
Always go for comfy material when choosing a bed, a dog will have plenty of cozy nights on a snuggly plush material. Once you’ve made sure the material is comfortable, next consideration is hygiene. Is the material easily washable? Dogs get into a lot of dirt and get exposed to fleas and other pests.
A bed which is easily washable will help reduce chances of getting fleas as well as reducing bad odors. A compact cover that is easily washable works fine. Some dogs tend to chew on bed edges, so you will want to get a durable material.
If your dog sleeps outdoors go for a waterproof material that prevents seepage, making the surface damp in case it gets wet. Alternatively, you can get a waterproof bed liner for your dog liner.
2. Size of Bed
Here you want to make sure you chose the right size bed for your dog. In case you are not sure which size is appropriate for your dog, take some measurements.
Measure your dog from the nose to the tail, while she is in her natural stepping position. Once you’ve gotten the size add a few inches for wiggle room for stretching.
Here is a brief chart size for dog beds:
- 1-10 lbs -
- 11 -30 lbs -
- 31 -40 lbs -
- 41-70 lbs -
- 71-90 lbs -
- 91-130 lbs -
- Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Maltese, Papillons
- Toy Poodle, Dachshund, French Bulldog
- Beagle, Shetland Sheepdogs, Cavalier King Charles, Scottish Terriers, Cairn Terriers,
- Golden retriever, boxer, Border collie, Australian shepherd
- German shepherds, Siberian huskies, Weimaraners, collies, Vizslas,
- Great Dane, Newfoundland, Deerhound, English Mastiff
Dog beds come in all types of shapes, from rectangular, oval to bag-type beds. It is important to monitor your dog while sleeping as canines prefer certain sleeping positions or bed styles.
Here are some common types:
Pillows - Oversized pillows are great for medium to large dogs. Oversized pillows are great for dogs as they allow stretching and spiraling during rest. Once you’ve gotten the correct size, a rectangular pillow is solid choice, and will allow your dog to have the freedom they need during sleep. Oversize pillows are pretty affordable provided you select the proper size and are easy to clean. You could even get an old cushion and use it as a bed for your dog.
Donut shape beds - If you have a shy dog or a smaller dog that needs warmth a donut bed is just what need. A donut bed is essentially shaped like a normal donut with rounded sides. They are usually made out of soft material for comfort.
Donut beds are good for dogs that like to sleep while curled up as they keep your pup warm. In case it gets too cold you can cover your pup with an extra blanket for extra warmth. Some pups also like to walk around in circles before they finally rest in bed, making donut beds a great resting place for such dogs.
Nest design - This type of dog bed is similar to the donut bed. It primarily has an oval shape with soft, raised foam sides that help retain heat. The foam construction helps your dog get warm during colder times of the year.
The nest design has a confining design that keeps the heat trapped at the center. There are many brands of nest dog beds in stores, a good pick would be one with a removable center pillow. The removable pillow makes it easier to fit in the washing machine when cleaning.
Bolster design - These beds are made for dogs that are spooked by anything sneaking behind them during their sleep. They are primarily like mini-sofas with a raised edge right where your dog faces during sleep time. The raised back offers your canine a sense of security especially if your dog has anxiety issues. It also ensures that your dog does not roll off and fall during sleep time.
There is a pillow in the middle that makes the bed comfy. The raised edge is designed so that your dog can rest its head on. Bolster beds are good for dogs that like big pillows and tend to startle when approached from behind since the raised back provides a measure of security. Bolster beds are built for durability and feature a large array of beautiful upholstered designs that can match with your indoor décor patterns.
Cave/tent design – These types of beds are designed for dogs that like to burrow themselves and hide themselves during sleep. The design resembles a tent with a semi-covered design. Tent beds are typically designed for smaller dogs usually less than 22 pounds. Cave beds are cozy and provide anxious dogs with a sense of security.
4. Special Needs
When choosing a bed for your dog, it is important to consider their special needs. Older dogs may have trouble moving due to aches in their joints. Injured dogs also need special beds that will help them in their recovery. An orthopedic or memory foam bed maintains the shape of the dog during sleep time, which is both convenient and comfy. Have a look at the big barker vs bully beds here you can get 3 disturbing little secrets about dog beds.
Adding a thermal pad on top on a standard pillow works fine for sick pups. They can cuddle together which helps in keeping warm during recovery.
In case you live in warmer areas get a bed with plenty of air flows that will help in cooling the temperature at night. A thick-furred canine will sleep better in a meshed bed than an enclosed one in warmer temperatures.
Kathryn Brown is a freelance writer. She lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and her pet Duke. When she's not out exploring other countries, she spends most of her time teaching others how to work remotely while her pit bull, Annabelle, lounges alongside. She's also an advocate for dogs like hers and aims to spread awareness everywhere she goes.