Choosing the best dog bed styles
Dog beds have many practical functions, such as insulating your dog from the floor. This is especially nice during winter months, especially if your dog is old, fat, or arthritic.
Dog beds also give dogs a private space. Dogs are pack animals, and you're the pack. You cannot be home at all times, even if you're retired or work at home. However, in lieu of being with his master, your dog will appreciate having a 'den' to stay in. Dogs are territorial and appreciate having their territory clearly defined for them.
Dogs sleep more than humans. For this reason, it is essential that you select a bed that is suitable and comfortable for your dog. Dog beds are trickier to buy than human beds because you can't have your dog test out several beds in the store and choose one, nor can you discuss beds with him.
Choosing Dog Beds to Fit
Size matters when choosing dog beds. It should be big enough to fit your dog comfortably. This may seem obvious, but don't shop for beds without actually measuring your dog. Leave room for your dog to grow if your dog is young, and leave room for your dog to get fatter if he is older. Also, dog beds should leave dogs with enough room to turn and move around in them.
If your dog curls up to sleep, measure him or her then. Measure the widest point. Add fifteen centimeters to that. Also, get a measurement when your dog is standing, starting at the head and measuring to the base of the tail. If your dog tends to be spread out when he or she sleeps, add at least another twenty-five centimeters to the measurement.
Durability also matters. Does your dog tend to chew? If so there are beds designed to resist damage from chew-happy mutts. Is your dog an indoor dog or an outdoor dog? Outdoor dogs need beds that fit in their dog houses, whereas for indoor dogs you will likely have more flexibility. Outdoor dog beds need to be able to endure weather and moisture, even if they will be located in dog houses.
Choosing Dog Beds by Shape
Mattresses, balls, and nests are the main types of dog beds. These types are widely available in pet shops everywhere. Choose a bed type that is suitable for the way your dog sleeps. Nests or balls are the best style of dog beds to choose from. Nests provide extra insulation, good for dogs sleeping outdoors.
Dogs that sprawl or spread out when asleep need dog beds that give them room to move around, stretch, or sleep in whatever position suits them at any particular moment.
Pay Attention To How Dog Beds Are Constructed
Filler for dog beds is typically solid foam or stuffing. Poly foam is typically used to make stuffing for dog beds. Look for beds with "high loft" stuffing, as they will be less likely to get squashed or otherwise lose their shape and fluffiness. Stuffing is more suitable for a small dog than a large one.
For a dog with serious back or hip problems, you should look into orthopedic foam dog beds. Solid foam beds are a better choice for larger dogs, and healthy older dogs. Pay attention to how dense and firm the foam is. This tells you a lot about the durability of the bed, as better grades of foam are firmer and denser. Firmness indicates how hard or soft the bed is, whereas density is the springiness.
Lastly, make sure you choose a bed that is easy to clean. Dogs aren't self-cleaning pets the way that cats are, and dog beds get dirty.