How to Choose a Dog Bed

How to Choose the Best Dog Bed

December 3, 2014 | Apartment Lifestyle, Pet Friendly Advice

By Kelly Bradley

When you need a new bed for your apartment, I’m willing to bet you don’t just pick out the first mattress you see. Instead, you carefully select the perfect one based on a number of factors, including comfort, size, firmness, type of mattress, and so forth.

And believe it or not, you should spend the same amount of consideration on your dog’s bed. After all, if you’re enjoying a sound sleep every night, why shouldn’t your pup? Plus, your dog sleeps more than you do (even though you wish it was the other way around).

In fact, most canines sleep for about 12 hours per day, so it’s important to choose a bed that it can sleep comfortably in. You’d be surprised to see how many different sizes and types of beds there are to choose from.

Here’s how to select the best dog bed for your furry four-legged best friend:

Consider Size

Not all dog beds are created equal. You wouldn’t buy the same bed for a Chihuahua as you would a Bernese mountain dog. Measure the length of your pup before you go shopping for a bed so you know about what size to adhere to. Keep in mind that the bed should be 12 inches longer than the size of your dog so that its able to properly stretch out and be comfortable.

Know Your Dog’s Personality

If you’re buying a bed for your new puppy who loves to chew up anything and everything in sight, durability should be the first priority in finding the best mattress. But if your dog is older, durability might not be as much of a concern, and instead comfort will be the #1 factor to worry about. Senior dogs might even require an orthopedic bed, which cushions joints and prevents your pup from feeling pain while it snoozes.

Research Types of Beds

Because there are a wide variety of dog breeds, there are a large assortment of beds as well. Knowing everything that’s out there can help you find the best dog bed based on your canine’s personality and lifestyle.

Cot-Style Bed: That’s right, dogs can sleep on cots too. Cots are elevated from the ground, which is ideal in the summer when the floor can get hot. These types of mattresses also come in handy during the winter to warm your dog from the cold ground. Their sturdy frame makes them great for both large and small breeds.

Heated Bed: This type of bed is typically geared toward older dogs, and the heat factor is beneficial for a number of reasons. If your dog sleeps outside, a heated bed is crucial if you live in a cold area. Plus, the heat from the bed can soothe sore or painful joints and even reduce stiffness.

Bolster Bed: If you have a large dog, this is a good option. Bolster beds come equipped with pillow pads that pups can rest their heads on.

Mats and Pads: A mat or a pad is a great option if you and your dog travel frequently. They’re easy to move around with, and their sleek and supportive design makes them a comfortable bed for any room in the home.

Nesting Beds: This bed is specially made for smaller breeds of dogs. The high walls of the pad make the pups feel secure and comfortable.

Choose the Filling

Each dog bed is made up of a different material that directly affects the overall comfort of the bed. There are three commonly used types of materials, which include polyfil, baffled polyfil and foam.

The first is made from recycled soda bottles (woo! go green!), and baffled polyfil is made up of interlocking poly-filled tubes for ultimate comfort and support. The last, foam, is available in a number of different forms, from orthopedic to classic. Foam beds are typically best for older dogs with arthritic issues.

Splurge or Save?

When you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to select the cheap dog bed. But if your pup frequently uses it, you could end up buying a new one within just a couple of months. In this case, it’s better to splurge on a high-quality bed that will give your four-legged friend the comfort and support it needs.

However, before you make your purchase, consider how old your dog is. You probably shouldn’t splurge on an expensive puppy bed when your dog is just going to end up outgrowing it in a few short months. I would wait until your pet is fully grown before opting for the high-quality, expensive bed.

Complement Your Apartment

If you’ve spent months perfecting your dog-friendly apartment decor, I’m guessing you don’t want a bright orange dog bed distracting from all of your hard, stylish work. When picking out a dog bed, the last thing you should consider is the fabric and pattern.

While those certainly aren’t make or break factors, they can help you select a bed that both you and your dog will like (although color probably won’t matter much to your pup, as he is colorblind).

 

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