We all know how important a good nights sleep is for our overall health and wellbeing. It's no different for our pooches. A well rested dog is a happy one. That's why it is so important to invest a a high quality, comfortable dog bed that suits your dog's personality and sleeping preferences.
Finding the best dog bed for your dog can take a while because there is a wide range of options on the market, and you must consider what type will fit your dog's needs and temperaments. Some people who buy the incorrect bed often get discouraged when their dog tears it to shreds or ignores it. Rest assured that there’s a bed for every dog - you just have to know which one it is!
In this article we give you five tips you should consider when shopping for a dog bed. By following these tips you can be confident that your pooch will love their new bed and will have a great nights sleep, every night!
1. Choose The Right Material
The first aspect you should consider is to choose a bed made of high-quality materials. They do not need to be luxurious but make sure that they can be machine washed. You should also consider where you are going to put the bed. Will it be staying in one corner of the room, or are you going to bring it on road trips? This consideration will influence how often you will need to wash the bed. For dogs with skin allergies you will want to look at a bed made from hypo-allergenic materials.
2. Offer A Protective Zone
No matter how lively and affectionate your dog is, they also need down time. Your dog should have space that’s all their own, away from everyone else in the household. Giving them a snug spot away from the action is a way of making sure they get enough rest. A cave dog bed helps them relax and serves as a protective zone inside your home. The cave will give your dog an added sense of protection from the world, providing a safe place to peacefully rest.
Check out the Dome Fleece Cave Dog Bed, which has a fleece lining and double cotton filling, making it warm and snug for nighttime snoozing.
3. Different Seasons - Different Beds
Dogs are just as sensitive as we are to the changes in temperature. Keeping your dog healthy and happy means accounting for the different seasons. You might already have a dog bed at home but it may be unsuitable for some weather conditions. If so, it’s good to invest in a second bed, one that is fit for use for the other half of the year.
For the warmer seasons when it might be too hot for your traditional soft beds, investing in a Summer Cooling Dog Bed will give your dog a nice place to cool down. Cooling dog beds are made from a breathable material which absorbs heat. They require no pre-cooling or freezing overnight, as the mat naturally absorbs the heat produced by your dog laying on it.
4. Look After Their Body
If your dog has an underlying health condition such as arthritis or skin allergies, it's vitally important that you don't get a bed that makes their conditions worse. For dogs with arthritis, or just older dogs, you should consider investing in a orthopaedic bed, like the Snorz Therapeutic Xtra Soft Bed, that provides their body with much needed support.
For dogs with skin allergies, beds made from low irritant materials such as cotton will be best. You should also make sure the bed is machine washable so you can regularly wash the bed to remove harmful allergens such as dust mites and pollen.
5. Consider Their Normal Sleeping Behaviour
Different dogs have different sleeping preferences. Some might like being surrounded by soft plush, whilst others might prefer room to stretch out. By buying a bed that suits their natural sleep habits you can be confident your dog will love their new bed.
If your dog has a habit of lying down on your soft furnishings, then they might want a bed that has extra plush. Give your dog a special place to sleep by with the Long Pile Donut Bed. It is covered all around in faux fur and offers a cosy, calming environment for your dog.
If your dog likes the feeling of being snug and tucked in, check out the Hoopet Dog Sleeping Bag Bed. This sleeping bag style bed has a removable support rod, making it convertible from sleeping bag to doggy cave. This bed also has a tough canvas outer lining and a soft inner one, making it suitable for travelling and even camping!
When finding the best bed for your dog you need to take into account your dog’s needs as well as your own. When you get your dog a bed for themselves, they can tuck in and relax after a day of being active, and meet you with the same energy the next day. There are a huge variety of different types of dog beds available, each with their own pros and cos. In some cases it may be best to invest in a couple of beds to cover different seasons and living arrangements.
There you have it, 5 Tips For Choosing The Best Dog Bed. If you have some further suggestions or ideas, let us know in the comments below!
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