Does Your Dog Really Need A Bed of His or Her Own?
Do you consider your bed a necessity or a luxury item? Undoubtedly you said "a necessity. It's the same for your dog's bed! When choosing a dog bed there are a few things to consider first.
Of course, your dog can sleep on the sofa, in a chair, in your bed, or even on the floor, but dog's need a place of their very own. Here are a few reasons why;
- Having their own bed gives them a sense of security. Find a cozy spot, maybe in the room most occupied by his/or her people only in a quiet corner away from the family activity.
- Dog's are territorial, and yours will appreciate a place he can claim as his own. Dog's are also den animals, which means that they like a quiet, place to go, maybe with less light or even where it's dark.
- If you were given a choice between sleeping on the floor or in your cozy bed, which would you choose? Dog's are no different. They also prefer a place that is softer and with a cushion. A Bed also provides insulation against the cold, hard floor. A dog's normal body temperature is different than ours and even with their natural fur coats, they get cold especially short-haired dogs.
- A bed of their own even protects your home. If your dog has a place of his own it helps keep fur, dirt, and dander off your own bed or furniture. This is especially important if someone in your family has allergies.
How To Choose A Bed For Your Dog
When choosing a dog bed (or beds) for your dog there are a few things to consider. You know your dog better than anyone else, so here are a few things to think about.
What is your dog's sleeping style?
As humans, we have different sleep styles, don't we? Some sleep on their back, some on their stomachs, and some on their side, and some just sprawl out all over the bed. Again, dog's are the same. Spend some time observing your dog while he is sleeping. What is his or her sleep style? Does he curl up in a ball when he sleeps? Does he sprawl out or sleep on his back?
What about your dog's size and activity level?
A larger dog that is very active will need a dog bed with sturdy construction and made of thicker and more durable material than a smaller dog would. If they spend a lot of time outside, you might want to consider a bed with a removable and washable cover.
Consider Your Budget and Decor
Today, dog beds are available in a wide range of styles and colors. You can find one made of all different materials and in a wide range of prices. So, you will surely find one that fits with your budget and your unique decorating style.
After considering all these things you are ready to find just the right one for your dog. As well as different sizes, colors, and materials, you will find different types of beds. They are;
An Orthopedic dog bed are a mattress type of bed that provides orthopedic support. This is the type of bed you might consider if your dog is a senior and has arthritis or joint pain. It's also a good choice for dogs that are lean or thin and have more prominent bones because it provides extra cushioning and avoids painful pressure points. These type of beds are generally roomy so they are a great choice for those dogs that sprawl out to sleep.
Bolster or Donut Style Beds
A Bolster or Donut Style dog bed is a Round or oval bed and usually has a cushioned bottom and a raised side. Does your dog like to curl up in a ball when he sleeps? Or does he like to rest his head or chin on something? Then this style of bed is perfect for him. These are the type of beds that little dogs love. I have three Chihuahuas (as many of you already know) and they almost always curl up in a little ball when they sleep and wanting to rest their chin on something is a Chihuahua trait, but most little dogs do too.
Pillow or Cushion Beds
A pillow or cushion dog bed is a large pillow or cushion. It comes in many different sizes and it's the bed for those dogs, big or small that like to sleep all sprawled out.
Heated beds are warm and cozy and are beneficial for older dogs. Heat helps ease the pain and stiffness in joints. The gentle heat soothes and reduces stiffness. This type is good for smaller dogs because they can easily lose body heat.
Outdoor Beds, Cots
Outdoor beds or cots are for dogs that like soaking up the sun. An outdoor bed or cot is raised to keep your dog up off the hot ground or away from biting critters in the grass. They are waterproof for easy cleaning and the frame is sturdy to support a larger dog's weight.
When you are choosing a dog bed for a puppy, be sure to consider what his size will be full grown. It's better to let a puppy grow into his bed and will save you from having to buy a new bed in 6 months to a year later.