How to find the perfect bed to help your mutt get those Zs.
Like with us hoomins, it’s super important that are mutts are well rested in order for them to feel happy, healthy and fresh as a daisy!
This article covers choosing the perfect dog bed to help your pup to feel relaxed, comfortable and contented as they drift off to la-la land.
Choosing a dog bed
We think you’ll agree that, when it comes to choosing a dog bed, there are a lot of choices out there. To make deciding on the right bed a little easier here are a few things to consider:
- Type of dog bed. Dog beds come in many forms, so it’s important to consider all your options. Some beds are more like large pillows or mattresses, and these are great as they allow your dog to lie flat and stretch-out. And there are also beds that are shaped more like a box or basket, allowing your dog to curl up and get cosy, and also block any draughts. There are also dog beds shaped like igloos, with a covered roof and entrance hole, which some dogs will prefer as they can help pooches to feel safer and more secure.
- Size of bed. From Great Danes to Chihuahuas, dogs can come in all different sizes and they all need a bed to match. It’s important to make sure your dog’s bed gives them enough room to move around, so they don’t feel confined or uncomfortable, but at the same time it’s important not to have a bed that’s much larger than your mutt, as this may prevent them from getting cosy and snuggled up.
- Dog bed material. Some are made mainly for comfort and are made from soft and fluffy materials. These dog beds are good for older dogs that are stiff and may have sore joints as they can provide extra cushioning for when they lie down. And they also suit younger mutts who just want to snuggle up and get a good night’s rest. Others are lined with fleece material which are good for that extra bit of warmth. If you have a pup who likes to get mucky, or if you want to provide a bed for your dog to lie out in the garden (for example on the patio) it’s a good idea to get a bed that’s easy to wash and wipe down. There are also some waterproof beds available, but it’s worth considering that, while these beds are very practical, they probably aren’t super comfy, and so they most likely won’t be the best option for your dog to sleep in for long periods.
- Where should dogs sleep. The next thing to consider is where to put your dog bed. It’s best to place your dog’s bed away from draughts, noise and bright light, as all these things could prevent them from getting a good night’s rest! That being said, most dogs are very sociable and want to be close to their family where possible, so they will often prefer to have their bed in an area of the house where their hoomins spend the most time- for example in the living room. It’s also important not to place your dog’s bed too close to the radiator as you don’t want them to overheat.
- Blankets and toys. It’s also important to place things like toys in your dog’s bed, as this can help them to feel happy and relaxed- and puppies especially will often like to chew with and play with their toys in bed. It’s also a good idea to place lots of blankets in your dogs’ bed, or find a dog bed with cushions built in, as this will not only help them to get nice and comfy, it will also keep them snug as a bug in colder weather.
Want to read more about dog’s and their sleep? Head over to our ‘What do dogs dream about’ article 😊.