As dog owners ourselves, we understand first-hand how hard it is to choose the right bed for your four-legged furry friend. So we came up with this guide especially for you. This guide is for dogs all sizes-small, medium, or large dogs.
Why your dog needs its own bed
Did you know that on an average basis, your dog can sleep 10 -12 hours in a day?, Or longer if it is a puppy or a senior dog? And this is why you must get your dog its own bed.
This especially holds true when your dog is so used to sharing the bed with you. We certainly do not want to judge you here as most of us do like snuggling up with our dogs. However, they certainly deserve a bed as comfy as yours when they are not sleeping on your bed.
The dog bed you get should not only provide comfort but should also be able to relax and calm your dog to achieve deep sleep.
As your dog will spend most of the time in its own bed, this can reduce the amount of loose dog hair scattered throughout your home and especially your bed. Here are the four main factors you need to consider in order to get the best dog bed for your dog.
1. Getting the right size
Before you go ahead and purchase a dog bed, you need to measure the size of your dog first. We recommend measuring your dog in its natural sleeping position. Take note of the largest width and largest length that you could measure. Next, figure out the size of the dog bed, especially the area where your dog will be lying. And match it against the measurements you took down. When in doubt, size up – no one likes falling out of bed!
2. Choosing the right type of bed
Dog beds come in many different shapes, such as a round, oval, or rectangular-shaped bed. A rectangular bed is good for dogs that stretch or sprawl out while sleeping but this type of bed cannot wind your dog down effectively.
A round donut bed with raised sides is great for dogs who especially like to sleep curled up. Having said that, it is also perfect for all dogs as it creates a sense of security every dog needs. So, if your dog is a “sprawler”, size up – this way your dog can stretch out when it wants to while feeling secure and safe.
3. The best material to get
The most common fillings available are polyester fill, memory foam, and polystyrene pellets.
Whichever filling you choose, make sure the dog bed is sufficiently padded. The material should be soft and comfortable. Most importantly, it should be easily washable to avoid unnecessary headaches.
4. Be Realistic
If your dog is a chewer and has destroyed a few beds previously, it is wise to choose a chew proof bed.You can find various kinds of dog beds that include a ripstop weaving. These beds take a puncture but prevent it from tearing.
Do you need an outdoor dog bed? Most of these outdoor dog beds include the water-repelling cover and a hydrophobic mesh. Both these features keep the bed dry by allowing the water to dry up quickly.
5. Make the right decision
Choosing the right kind of dog bed can sound like a very simple task, but it can get overwhelming due to the number of options available. Make sure you keep the above-mentioned points in mind, especially if you are getting a dog bed for your dog for the very first time.