When it comes to sleeping, dogs are just like humans – they have their preferences. Much like yours, they change over time. To find the ideal dog bed for your canine companion, you should consider breed, age, size, coat, and habits. These elements all play a role in the best shapes, structures, and materials for your pet to sleep soundly.
Just like humans, dogs need beds for multiple reasons. Not only do dog beds greatly benefit the joint health of canines, but they also offer a safe place where dogs can go to unwind and feel comfortable. Plus, having your dog sleep in one place makes cleaning easier for you.
What’s most important in searching for a dog bed is how the bed makes your dog feel. The materials – plush versus mesh, for instance – determine whether or not your pet will actually want to sleep there. So will the height and depth of the bed. In addition, take into account how your dog sleeps, both during the day and at night.
A Lhasa Apso who lives in a warm climate may not want to snuggle into the mouth of a shark for a snooze, and an older Labrador Retriever with achy joints can’t climb the stairs of a bunk bed. Dogs who like to sprawl versus those who curl up in tight spots and tuck their noses in their tails also have specific preferences.
What is the most durable dog bed? All types of dog beds can be durable if made with the right materials. If you have a very destructive dog, a raised bed made of aluminum may be the best option.
Do dogs prefer hard or soft beds? The ideal dog bed is a perfect blend of soft yet firm. Your dog’s individual needs will determine what dog is a perfect fit. For example, soft, memory foam beds are best for senior dogs with aging joints but harder beds may be better for adult dogs.
Desirable Dog Bed Features
- Provides comfort
- Conserves body heat
- Protects bony prominences
- Easy to clean/washable
- Waterproof and resists moisture
Shopping Dog Bed Tips
- When choosing a dog bed, consider your dog’s size and choose one that will fit him as an adult.
- Consider a dog bed that fits in his crate to make his “home” more comfortable.
- When testing the bed filling, it should be springy, not compacted, after repeated use.
- Choose sturdy materials that can’t be ripped or consumed by your pet.
- A donut or nesting contour shaped dog bed that will fit around your pet to let him nestle in the center.
- Some beds have an inner wrap that keeps moisture from getting into and ruining core filling.