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Picking the Perfect Dog Bed for Your Pet

Picking the Perfect Dog Bed for Your Pet

Picking the Perfect Dog Bed for Your Pet

You spend a third of your life in bed (more if you’re like me and enjoy a Sunday sleep-in with your pup), so you take great care choosing the right bed. But have you ever wondered how to choose the perfect dog bed for your beloved pet too?

As lovely as it is to cuddle with your pup in bed (it’s OK, I’m guilty of it too), your dog needs his or her own place to sleep. The average dog spends between 12 and 14 hours sleeping every day, with a further 7 hours awake but relaxing, so choosing the perfect dog bed is crucial to giving your pet the comfort and care they need to rest, relax and rejuvenate.

I don’t need to tell you that dogs are active by nature. They enjoy exploring, sniffing, playing, and possibly chewing your favorite pair of shoes. With an active lifestyle just like people, you must give them a place of their own to recharge the batteries and create their own sanctuary from stress. Choosing the perfect bed can feel impossible with different dog beds for all breeds, sizes, and sleeping positions. So I’m going to walk you through the process from start to finish.

Understanding Your Dog’s Needs

Your dog gives you clues every day about the type of bed they’d like, you just need to start decoding their signals. For example, does your dog suffer from anxiety and use their bed as a place to unwind? Consider a nest bed with raised edges to create a sense of security and protection. Or, does your dog love nothing better than sprawling out to sleep? A large, open-style pillow bed will provide them with the legroom they crave as well as comfort.

Dog behavior also refers to their inclination to chew. Problem chewers will need durable beds that can’t be ripped to shreds while you’re at the shops. Opting for durability means you won’t have to replace your new dog bed year on year, and that’s going to help you save money in the long-run. The best dog beds come with a generous zip opening and zipper guard to protect your floors and avoid your chewy friend from playing with the zipper head.

Finally, consider your dog’s current and future health issues. Some dogs may have specific health needs when it comes to beds. For example, older dogs or dogs with joint problems will benefit from an orthopedic or memory foam bed that they can get in and out of easily, supporting their body.

Finding the Perfect Size

No dog wants to nap with their paws on the floor, so the bed you choose for your dog should be large enough for them to be able to lie comfortably in all positions. Many of the smaller and toy breed dogs like beds they can snuggle in. So opting for a small bed for a small dog breed helps them feel safe and cuddled, like going back to their days in the den with their litter mates.

If you’re unsure what size dog bed you need, measure your pet from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. This will tell you what length of dog bed you’ll need to contain all limbs and tails comfortably. Next, measure from their shoulders to the floor. This measurement is how wide your dog’s bed should be, as they’ll often lay on their side when sleeping.

Keeping it Clean and Fresh

Keeping a dog bed clean can be challenging, especially if your dog breed is a heavy shedder. The perfect dog bed will come with features that make it easy to clean. You don’t want to be sneezing and struggling to hand-clean a bed that’s coated in fur.

Always check to see if the covering on your preferred bed is removable and washable. A washable cover is a necessity as it WILL get dirty over time. Choosing a machine washable dog bed also means loose fur can easily be vacuumed while marks and odors vanish in the wash. Remember to remove all foam inners before washing and don’t forget to air out and deodorize the inner portion of your dog bed while the cover is drying!

Matching Your Home Decor

Your dog is an extension of your life, and once you’ve moved through each of the steps I’ve outlined today, make sure your choice of bed is an aesthetic match for your home. The simplest approach is to try to match the dog bed to the room’s overall look where you’ll be keeping it. If your room is modern and light-filled, you’d want a dog bed that’s equally modern and neutral-toned, etc. The bed you pick for your dog should be fashionable and complement your style as a modern pet owner.

Putting It All Together

Picking the best dog bed isn’t hard once you’ve got a roadmap to follow. Remember, the perfect dog bed will have enough padding and support to prevent injuries, calluses and orthopedic concerns. If your dog is older, consider a memory foam dog bed for the highest level of comfort. Your dog’s bed should be large enough to allow them to sleep in any position without hitting the floor, and consider walled dog beds if your pup is anxious. Machine washable dog beds are ideal as they are easy and quick to clean, while the style of your new dog bed should match your home.

There’s nothing quite like watching your pet snore and slumber, and now you’re ready to choose the perfect dog bed. If you’re looking for stylish and high-quality dog beds, I’d recommend checking out the selection at I Have Dogs. Their beds are designed with your pup’s comfort and your home’s decor in mind. Happy shopping!

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