Tired of your pup jumping on your bed or couch to catch a few ZZZs when you’re not looking? The reason may be because they don’t like their dog bed. There are different kinds of beds for dogs and choosing the right one for your pup can help in your battle for the comfy real estate.
Having a Ball
How does your dog like to get comfortable? Does he prefer to curl up into a ball when he sleeps? Your best bet for your pup is a nesting-type bed like a Donut or Bagel Bed. These are round, pillow-topped beds that are great for the dog that likes to walk around in circles on the bed before plopping down in a tight circle.
Pitching a Tent
For dogs that prefer to hide away when they sleep, there are covered beds called either Tent or Cave Beds. For short-haired pups that may get cold easily, this kind of sleeping quarters may be perfect as they feature a top made of fabric or foam for some extra security and warmth.
Off the Floor
For the pup who likes to be off the ground to better survey his environment, there are Raised Dog Beds. These types of resting places look like dog sofas set on a frame. These are especially good to help keep your pup off the cold floor and can make the area around it easier to clean.
A Welcome Mat
For larger, long-haired dogs who like to stretch out, try Mat Beds. These are big square pads that sit directly on the floor. The expansive size of the mat allows your furbaby the option to choose which way they want to sleep or just provide them with a spot to chew on one of their toys as they rest comfortably.
Keeping It Clean
No matter what bed you choose, we recommend one that has a cover that is both removable and washable. This will allow you to strip off the outer layer and stick it in the washing machine for a quick cleaning of all the hair and dirt particles.
The Inside Story
Once you have decided on the style of bed and the type of cover, it’s time to think about the insides. Depending on your pup, you may want to look at either a solid foam pad or one with loose fiber filling. Generally speaking, older dogs will probably prefer the solid pad to catch some shut eye while younger ones may prefer the loose filling that they can contour to their exact tastes. For pups who have issues with joint pain or arthritis, there are orthopedic mats for extra comfort.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
The key to purchasing a dog bed is to first understand exactly how your pup likes to sleep. If you end up with a bed that doesn’t fit their needs, they may be more apt to look for other, more comfortable spots to catch their beauty sleep. But if you get them the perfect one for their body type, age and sleeping style, your contented pup will be happily counting sheep in their own space before you know it.