Choosing the Best Bed for Your Dog

How to Choose a Dog Bed

January 17, 2013 | Apartment Lifestyle, Pet Friendly Advice

Now that you’ve moved in to your dog-friendly apartment, it’s time to make your furry friend feel at home. So, there you are, standing at the pet store, staring at a wall full of different kinds of dog beds. How do you know which one to choose? Rent.com is here to help you learn how to choose a dog bed, and we recommend you start off by considering a few factors.

First off, how big is your dog? A bed that’s appropriate for a Chihuahua isn’t going to work for a St. Bernard, no matter how cute it looks (the bed or the dog). Make sure you’re getting a bed that your dog can fit on comfortably.

Next, think about your dog’s temperament. Is he or she prone to chewing things? Does your dog love spending time in his or her crate? Does your dog always want to be close to you? Remember: we’re picking the best beds for dogs, not the best beds for people who have dogs!

If your dog likes crates or the corner of the couch, consider a nestling (or bagel-shaped) bed. These have higher walls and can help a dog feel snug and secure. If your dog likes to sleep stretched out, these are a bad choice.

If your dog tends to flop on his or her back, then try a super soft pillow-style bed. These are bigger and more forgiving and are good for dogs that frequently reposition themselves during the night.

If your dog is still chewing on things or growing, don’t buy anything expensive yet! Consider buying something like a large pillowcase and stuffing it full of your old clothes and blankets. They sell items like this specially made for dogs—they’re durable and can go in the wash. Not only are these covers cheaper, but also the smell of your clothes can help insecure dogs feel less anxious.

Finally, think about yourself. Where do you want your dog sleeping? Will their bed sit in the living room where all your guests will see it, or will it be in a corner of your bedroom? If the dog bed will be visible, then you might want to consider spending more on something nicer looking. Otherwise—trust us—your dog doesn’t care what color or pattern the fabric is! Plus, it’s probably going to get awfully dirty awfully fast anyway.

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