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How to Choose the Right Dog Bed Type

If you recently adopted or bought a dog, you need to make sure that you have all the dog supplies you need for the cold winter months!  One important supply is a dog bed.  A dog bed is actually an important supply year-round, but during the winter, it is extra important since it provides insulation.  Some pet owners even invest in a couple of different dog beds, one for summer and one for winter.  A dog bed also provides comfortable cushioning for joints (especially important for older dogs) and a sense of territory and safety.  The dog bed corrals a lot of the hair and dander shed by your dog too, which helps you keep your household clean.


If you are wondering how to choose a dog bed, there are a few different factors you need to take into account.  Consider the following when you are purchasing dog bed furniture:


  • Dog bed size.  This will be determined by the size of your dog.  You need a dog bed which is large enough for your pet and will support his or her weight.  Above the weight limit, a dog bed will not provide the cushioning that your pet needs, and will not be comfortable. 


  • Your dog’s coat.  Does your dog have long hair or short hair?  If you have a long-haired dog, you probably want one that isn’t overly cushioned, at least for most of the year.  If your long-haired dog gets cold during the winter, a warmer bed may be in order for winter, and a cooler one for the rest of the year.  If you have a short-haired dog, you might get away with the same bed year-round.


  • Your dog’s sleeping position.  Does your dog sprawl when she sleeps, or does she curl up and tuck in her limbs?  Try and select a dog bed which supports the sleeping habits of your pet.  A dog that loves to curl up does not need or want as much space as one that likes sprawling about.  A dog that sprawls should not have to sleep in a contained space designed for a dog that curls up.


Types of Dog Beds


There are many different types of dog beds, all of which are perfect for different dogs and different seasons.  Some common types include rectangle dog beds (flat and great for dogs that like to sprawl), bolster dog beds (similar to a couch in shape), round dog beds (good for dogs that like to curl up, but not all the time), and cave dog beds (good for dogs that like to burrow into laundry or bedding). 


You will find a lot of specialized products on the market as well.  For a dog with arthritis, chronic injury, or even just old age, an orthopedic dog bed can be a great choice.  These are usually made out of memory foam or convoluted foam.  Have a dog that loves to chew on everything, including dog furniture?  If so, you are not alone.  There are a lot of chew-proof dog beds on the market as well.  These are made out of really sturdy fabrics that discourage dogs from trying to chew through.  And if you have a dog that loves to drool, consider a stain-resistant dog bed.  These are moisture-proof and are easy to clean.


Additional Tips:


  • Eco-friendly dog beds are a great choice if you want to do your part to protect the environment.  They also can be great for dogs with sensitive skin that may have trouble with synthetic fibers and dyes. 


  • Don’t be afraid to invest a little extra to get a high-quality, durable dog bed that will last your dog’s lifetime.  You might even want to check whether replacement parts are available.  Also pay attention to how easy it is to clean the dog bed and all of its components. 


A dog bed is an important investment in your pet’s well-being.  Remember that your dog spends a lot more time sleeping than you probably do.  You love having a comfortable bed, and your dog will appreciate one just as much.  Going into wintertime, consider purchasing a warm winter dog bed if you don’t already have one, even if you already have a dog bed you use for the summer months. 


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