Getting the Right Dog Bed
Why would my dog need a dog bed?
Getting a quality dog bed for your dog is something that all dog owners should seriously consider.
Your dog will really appreciate it's comfy, cozy warm bed in just the same way humans do. In addition to this, a good quality dog bed can have other implications such as your dogs’ health and wellbeing. There are lots of dog beds available - large dog beds, small dog beds even designer dog beds.
What benefits will a dog bed provide?
A good quality dog bed will provide security for your dog because it becomes 'their bed' in 'their spot'. Having a special area is essential for a dog to escape to for some peace and quiet or time alone. Also a good quality dog bed will provide good insulation and keep your dog warm during the night. Although dogs may have fur to keep warm, they will still feel the cold. That extra insulation will help.
A dog bed will also provide support for your dog from a hard floor. Many people assume that just because their dog sleeps on the floor that it's comfy. This is often not the case. Why is it that so many dogs try and sneak onto the couch from time to time? Because it's comfier! Your dog will appreciate having its own comfy bed rather than having to sleep on the floor.
There are also health benefits to getting your dog a new dog bed. Many dogs as they grow older (but many from a young age) can start to suffer from hip and joint pain. Arthritis in dogs is common and it's no less painful for a dog than it is for us humans. Laying on a hard floor year in year out only compounds the problem for your dog. Also your dog may not be sleeping well which will cause lethargy, lack of motivation and an unwillingness to exercise. A good comfy dog bed will help alleviate these problems. You can get specialized orthopedic dog beds if your dog suffers from joint pains.
What size bed will my dog need?
The main problem here is that a lot of dogs will sleep in different positions. Some dogs curl up into a ball; some dogs like to stretch out long. Some dogs even lie on their backs, tongue lolling out. The best way to get the right size for your dog is to either measure your dog as it lays the majority of the time, from head to tail or then add approximately 5 inches. Alternatively, measure your dog standing and add about 5 inches.
How much will a good bed cost?
How much you spend on your dog bed depends on a few factors. A cheaper dog bed is likely to wear out quite quickly especially if you have to wash it or clean it frequently. It will tear or wear more easily as a result of the cheaper materials used. Also the cheaper dog beds tend not to give the same support and insulation as a better quality one.
A good quality dog bed could last the lifetime of your dog if properly looked after. It will probably save you money in the long run because it won't need replacing as often. In addition to this a good quality dog bed will give more of the benefits discussed above.