Every pet parent wants to ensure that their fur kid has the healthiest, most comfortable environment to live in possible, and the best dog bed plays a large part in creating that.
Dog beds have come a long way over the past decade or so. There are now lots more choices and options than just a square cushion that goes on the floor. But with so many options available, many of the best of which you'll find right here, how do you choose the best dog bed for your pup?
Does My Dog Really Need a Bed?
Even if you are a pet parent that allows co-sleeping - as in you sometimes let your pup join you in bed - every dog needs his own dog bed, and for lots of good reasons. Unlike humans dog like to sleep in intervals throughout the day - and night - and to accommodate that schedule they deserve a comfy space of their own to nap in whenever they need to.
Sleeping on the floor, the alternative if they have no dog bed to head to, is as bad for your pup as it would be for you. It is not only uncomfortable but it's rough on their joints, offering no proper support or cozy comfort. After all, you would not want to sleep on the hard (or even carpeted) floor would you, so why should your pup?
A dog bed is also a great way to set boundaries.
It should never be used for punishment (dogs just don't get the idea of the go to bed thing you've been bad thing) but giving them their own space to sleep allows them to claim their own territory in their home, something that every dog needs.
So, the answer is yes, every dog should have at least one dog bed. It's just your job to choose the one that's right for them.
What Kinds of Dog Bed Can I Choose From?
Dog beds can be as simple as an oversized floor pillow and as complex as a true bed with a mattress and even a fancy canopy and dozens of styles in between. Which you choose will depend on your pup's size, your home decor, your budget and even what health challenges you pet might be facing. However, to give you an idea of the kinds of great dog bed choices you'll encounter here while shopping, here is a look at some of the most popular basic dog bed types.
Flat Mats or Pads - These are very simple and perfect for placing in a crate.
Snuggle/Nest Beds - These dog beds are a great choice for dogs who love to snuggle up and get comfy. Many resemble an oversized bean bag chair and are often beloved by smaller dogs.
Bolsters - Often perfect for bigger dogs these dog beds have one long side with a built in pillow, a sort of chaise lounge for pups.
Waterproof Dog Beds - Some dogs are prone to the occasional accident, especially as thy age, and a waterproof bed can be the perfect choice for incontinent pups.
Orthopedic Beds - Just like humans, as they age pups can develop arthritis and other joint problems that can be relived while they are sleeping in a specialist dog bed.
Furniture Beds - Some dog beds, as we mentioned earlier, are essentially pieces of furniture that are designed to be displayed rather than hidden away, allowing your dog to really feel like a member of the family.
Choosing the Right Dog Bed for Your Dog
There are some very important considerations you should keep in mind as you shop our extensive selection of dog beds. Here re some of the most important:
Fit - Just like you, your pup needs room to wriggle and turn as he sleeps, which means choosing a dog bed that is big enough is a must. Their limbs and head should fit comfortably without hanging off the edges.
Fill - Younger pups will often be perfectly happy to sleep on a bed with a softer filling, but older dogs often benefit from a memory foam filling that offers greater support for their joints and will keep them from 'sinking into' their bed as they sleep.
Durability - Some dogs - those who are aggressive chewers - can destroy some dog beds in a matter of days, or even hours, which is the last thing you want! For these pups choosing a durable bed that is designed to be chew resistant may cost a little more sometimes but the return on your investment will be a bed that lasts for more than just a few weeks!
Ease of Care - Dog beds can get rather stinky rather quickly. This means that ease of care and cleaning is something that you have to take into consideration as well. Beds that have fabric components that can be laundered in a standard washing machine are always an excellent choice.
Style - Pet furniture is very popular at the moment, especially when it comes to dog beds. If you would like to match your pup's new dog bed to your personal home decor style it certainly can be done and not just for small dogs either, there are some very stylish options for larger pups too.
Ready to shop for a dog bed now that you are armed with all the right information? Then what are you waiting for? We have a large number of options to choose from and something for every pup. Start shopping now and it won't be long before your fur kid is sleeping comfortably in the nice new dog bed you know they deserve.