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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Picking A Bed For Your Dog – The Ultimate Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 3 ·
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Choosing a bed for your dog is one of the more important decisions. Beds are essential for dogs of all ages. It’s not just a comfortable spot for your pup, but it’s also great for their physical body. So, here’s the ultimate guide to picking a bed for your dog.

What To Consider When Choosing A Dog Bed

Dogs can easily spend about 14 hours a day sleeping. If they have a comfortable bed, they’ll sleep in their bed most of the time, if not all of the time.

Beds are not only a safe spot for your pup to show that it’s theirs, but they can also support their overall health.

If your doggo is sleeping in its bed for many hours a day, you want them to be comfortable, but you want the bed to conform to their body and ensure that they won’t get too stiff, hurting their joints.

Also, depending on your dog’s age and breed, they might do better with a type of bed that supports joint health.

Looking At The Bed’s Shape And Size

One of the first things you need to consider is the dog’s size. Thus you need to think about the right size of the bed.

Whatever the length of your dog is when they’re stretched out, you’ll want to add an extra eight to 12 inches in diameter for the bed.

For example, if your dog is about 24 inches long, then you’ll want to order a dog bed that’s about 32 to 36 inches long. This way, whether your pup sleeps stretched out or curled up in a ball, they have plenty of wriggle room.

The shape of the bed is also important. There are different shapes of beds, such as:

  • Curlers (circle or oval-shaped)
  • Burrowers (nest-style)
  • Sprawlers (rectangle-shaped)
  • Leaners (bolster-style)

Observe the different positions your dog typically sleeps in. For example, if they often sleep curled up in a ball, they might enjoy a curler bed or a burrower.

On the other hand, if they like to stretch out, they’ll most likely prefer a sprawler or leaner.

How Supportive Will The Bed Be For Your Dog?

Some dogs need more support than others. Puppies, for example, are most nimble and can sleep anywhere. On the other hand, elderly dogs might need more support in their hips or joints.

So, you’ll want to choose a bed that will help support your dog with their physical health.

For example, you can look for a bed that’s one of the following:

  • Orthopedic
  • Memory foam
  • Polyfiber fill

In some cases, a large pillow or mat won’t suffice for a good enough bed for your furry friend. They might be comfortable with it, but as they get older, you’ll want to think about getting a particular type of mattress for them.

In addition, some beds have waterproof liners. If your dog, old or young,  is prone to accidents, getting a waterproof bed is good.

Also, if you go camping or hiking a lot, you can bring this bed along. There are portable beds that can easily fold up and put into a case to bring with you. You can get these beds with you when you go on vacation and know that your dog will be comfortable. Also, it’ll be something familiar for your pup as well. 

Find A Bed That Suits You And Your Home

It seems silly to think about your home’s decor when choosing a dog bed, but it’s something to consider.

Dog beds can come in many different colors and patterns. Also, they can have different textures such as:

  • Chenille
  • Microvelvet
  • Sherpa fleece
  • Faux fur
  • Canvas
  • And more

You can choose a fabric that your dog will be pleased with. Some dogs will appreciate some textures more than others.

However, you can also look at your home and see which type of bed would fit better with your decor.

On the other hand, you want to choose a comfortable bed for you to clean. Dog beds that come with a zippered cover are best.

You can take the cover off and toss it in the washing machine once a week to give it a good cleaning. Some beds are also machine washable to clean the whole bed once in a while, too.

If your dog is prone to accidents, sheds a lot, or drools a lot, you’ll want to keep their bed as clean as possible. So, having a dog bed that’s machine washable and easy to clean is certainly a must. It’ll make your life easier and be suitable for your pup.

Which Dog Bed Will You Choose?

You can also bring your pup to the pet store and have them pick one out too. Just be sure to give your dog’s needs a lot of thought before you decide on a dog bed for them. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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