You probably consider your own bed a necessity rather than a luxury item. The same is true for your dog's bed! Certainly, your dog can sleep on the floor, or on your own bed or sofa, and will do so without complaint. However, your dog would probably thank you for providing a special bed of his or her very own. Some reasons your faithful pooch deserves a dog bed:
Once you've concluded your pet is deserving of his or her very own dog bed, your next step is deciding upon the best type of bed for your dog. Consider the following factors:
Now that you are familiar with your dog's sleep style, you are prepared to choose the dog bed that will best suit your pet. There are lots of different kinds of dog beds, but the basic types are:
This type of bed is typically a mattress type of bed which provides orthopedic support. Consider this type of bed if your dog is older, or is experiencing joint pain. An orthopedic dog bed is also a good choice for thinner dogs with more prominent bones because it provides extra cushioning to the bony prominences, avoiding painful pressure points. Because the mattress shape of an orthopedic dog bed is roomy, it's a great choice if your dog likes to sprawl out to sleep.
This style of dog bed is usually round or oval and has a cushioned bottom and a raised side. Your dog will appreciate this style of bed if he or she likes to lean against something for security, or likes to sleep with his head resting upon a raised pillow. Many smaller dogs find this type of bed to be cozy as the cup shape helps retain body heat. This kind of bed is great for dogs who like to curl up.
This is a simple dog bed that is basically a large pillow or cushion. This style of bed comes in many different sizes, and is a great choice for dogs that enjoy sprawling out.
Heated dog beds are warm and cozy and are another type of bed that is beneficial for older dogs. Dogs with painful joints will find the gentle heat soothes and reduces stiffness. Smaller dogs can easily lose body heat and can also benefit from a heated dog bed. In addition, a heated dog bed is great for use in colder climates, and some are even specifically made for outdoor use.
For dogs that like to rest outdoors, you may want to consider a cot. Dog cots are raised to keep your dog elevated from the hot ground in the summer, or above the cold ground in the winter. Many dog cots are made of a waterproof fabric which simplifies cleaning. Plus, their sturdy frame makes them ideal for larger dog breeds.