How To Choose The Best Dog Bed For Your Dog

Like any good pet owner, it’s natural to want the best for your dog and to do everything you can to keep them healthy and happy. Whilst many are happy to share their bed with their pet, a better option is to provide your dog with a suitable dog bed for them to nap and rest at night.

You’ll find plenty of choice when it comes to picking a dog bed, whether you want a simple, low-budget option or are considering luxury dog beds to really pamper your pooch.  When you go to select a bed though, you need to consider both the size and age of your dog.  Let’s start with bigger dogs who will be more of a challenge to buy for.

Dog Beds for Large Dogs

If you have a large dog then you’ll need to find the right size bed for him. Many breeds of larger dogs are more susceptible to conditions like arthritis which can make it difficult for them to rest properly unless their joints are supported when lying down.

Larger dogs may also like having something to rest their head on and back support for comfort.

Things to look for:-

  • Sufficient room – 20 x 16 inches is a good size for bigger dogs, whilst extra large dogs such as Great Danes may appreciate a bigger bed of around 27 x 36 inches.
  • Removable cover for machine washing.  You may have to line-dry bigger beds.
  • Comfort lining – a lambswool interior is lovely and soft for your dog.
  • Waterproof lining (for example if you have an older dog prone to ‘accidents’).
  • Non-skid base
  • Antimicrobial protection – some beds help protect your dog from fungi, bacteria and viruses – and your family too!

In terms of style, whilst some dogs will enjoy a sofa type dog bed, others will prefer one they can tug around and drag to their favourite spot.

Dog Beds All Dogs Will Love

When it’s hot, dogs often like to just stretch out on the carpet or on a cool tile floor but most of the time they enjoy a comfortable bed just as their owners do.

Dogs love warmth – even in summer and they’ll often seek a spot in the sun to rest. Some beds are self-warming and allow the heat from your dog’s body to be radiated back to him.

These beds have a filling made from recycled materials and are overstuffed for extra comfort. Happily, they are also generally machine washable.

If your dog loves to spend time outside, choose a bed that is easily portable so that he can rest on something soft rather than hard decking or patio slabs.

If your dog has a kennel, you might want a dog bed that fits in there or, for going out and about, a dog bed that will fit in the back of the car.

Younger pets and senior dogs may prefer a bed which has a lower front opening so that it is easier for them to climb in and out.

Smaller dogs often don’t retain body heat the same way that larger dogs do and they prefer a bed that they can retreat to when they’re tired or want to get away from human company for a bit.  They might prefer a bed with cosy sides for snuggling.  Beds with bolstered sides will give your dog a place to lay his head when he’s tired.  Clamshell shaped beds are also popular.  Look for removable pillows for easier washing.

Orthopedic Dog Beds

If you have an older dog or a dog with joint problems, it can be hard to help for them to get comfortable. Consider investing in an orthopedic dog bed to help your dog get some good quality rest and relief from aches and pains.

Choose a bed with heavy-duty and water-resistant fabric to deal with any accidents and one which is well padded and durable.

You can find dog beds specifically designed for joint relief and neck pain so make sure you do your research and take into account your dog’s particular medical needs.

A non-skid base will keep the bed in place in case your dog moves a lot in his sleep and some even have orthopedic or memory foam to keep your pet snug.

Choose a bed that has a decent level of thickness and a soft sleeping surface, such as microfleece.

Check to see whether your bed comes with a guarantee as some of them do.

Finding the right dog bed might be a matter of trial and error so talk to other owners of your breed to see what they recommend and check out websites such as the Kennel Club or ask your local vet for their advice.

Have you bought a dog bed for your pet?  Which ones do you recommend?


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