Friday, May 8, 2015

Choosing the Perfect Dog Bed

Dogs need a warm and cozy space to catch some z's. Whether it's their own doggy bed or half of your bed, dogs will find a special spot to rest their heads at night. Every night my dog Dudley used to sleep in my bed under the covers. However, if your are the kind of person that doesn't like to be woken up by a cold nose nudging your arm or a getting slobbery kisses, buying your dog their own bed would be the best option.

Dog beds come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. The most popular dog beds are pillows, cushions and mats that lay on the floor. If you are looking for a more luxurious bed, you can purchase a doggy couch or futon. For owners with a creative side, you can buy a dog bed that is built into your own box spring. The person who designed the box spring was obviously a small dog lover. Sorry big dogs.

Choosing a dog bed that fits your dogs size and other personal needs is important. Large dogs need bigger beds than small dogs. Older dogs may need beds with more cushion and warmth.

A small dog would feel comfortable in a small to medium size round bed.
A rectangular large size bed would suit a medium to large dog. Fleece is a popular material for dog beds.
Sofa style dog beds give your dog more comfort and support.

Orthopedic dog beds are stuffed with memory foam . These beds are great for older dogs who suffer from joint and muscle pain.
Dog mats provide the least amount of cushion but they are suitable for lining a dog crate.
When you bring the new dog bed home, you should position it in a place where your dog feels safe.  Many owners put the doggy bed right beside their bed. Dogs feel safe knowing that they are sleeping in the same room as their owner and you don't have to deal with them hogging half of your bed. It's a win win situation.

Your dog may be reluctant to use the bed at first. However, in a few days they should become accustomed to their new bed and get into a habit of snuggling up in it every night. If they keep you awake snoring, you know you chose the right bed.

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