Is there anything better after a long day, than the moment you can get into bed? We think it’s relatively the same feeling for dogs too. With this considered, making sure your dog has a comfortable place to sleep, rejuvenate and revitalise after a long day, is pretty important. There are a few things you might like to consider when picking your pooch the perfect place to snooze, and in this post, we are sharing with you our top things to consider.
The first thing you are likely to need to be established is the size of the bed you need to purchase. If this isn’t your first time buying your fully grown dog a new bed to sleep in, then you should already have a good indication as to the size you need. However, if you need a bit of guidance it’s always best to work out and estimate the size your dog is and, if still growing, how big your pooch is likely to reach. This varies from breed to breed but ensuring your dog has enough space to move, roll and stretch out on his bed is important for their comfort and their likeliness to use the bed.
Do They Chew?
If you have a dog who likes to gnaw, going for a wicker or wooden bed is not going to work out for you. Not only will it make the bed look terrible within days of purchase, it can be a choking hazard for your dog. Opting for a material bed will decrease the chance of gnawing, and as a result, will stay intact for much longer.
Every so often you will need to wash your dog’s bed and choosing a bed that can accommodate an easy wash is something to keep an eye out for when considering your purchase. Washing your dog’s bed regularly will ensure it doesn’t carry a bad smell in your home and decrease the chance of skin conditions and itching in your dog.
Everyone makes mistakes, everyone has accidents, including your dog, and if your furry friend is prone to the odd slip up now and again, you may want to set your sights on a bed with a waterproof cover to protect it.
Just like us humans, the quality of the mattress matters if you don’t want to be riddled with back problems. Buying a dog’s bed with a cheap mattress can be detrimental to your dog’s physical health and cause underlying problems that can present themselves over time and leave your dog in a less than favourable position as they age. Investing in a mattress that protects and holds your dogs frame correctly will benefit them a lot more as they get to the later years of their life.
It’s all well and good finding the perfect dog bed, but it’s no use if you don’t have space or right area arranged in your home for it to fit and for it to be suitable for your dog. It is important to consider finding an area of your home that is quieter, that is warm & draught free. The right location of the bed can be crucial to the wellbeing of your dog, so making sure this is something you figure out before you buy a bed will help you when making your purchase.
Bonus Tip – Style
Make sure you don’t neglect the style aspect of your bed. Does your dog bed fit in with your current décor? Are you after a wooden dog bed, a regular soft dog bed or something a bit more quirky like a Phoebe and Alf Dog Teepee: http://www.phoebeandalf.co.uk/dog-teepees
It’s all well and good finding the perfect dog bed, but it’s no use if you don’t have right space.
Overall, there are many factors to consider when choosing your dog’s bed and there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to your dog’s personal bed. A dog’s bed is, literally, an investment in their wellbeing and happiness.