With over hundreds of dog beds to choose from one has to stop and wonder, "its only a dog bed, right?" But the important reality is that no two dogs are the same, even if they are from the same breed. A dog’s stature and sleeping habits play the biggest role in determining which dog bed is best.
A dog’s size will determine the proper construction of the bed. Large breed dogs start off small and cuddly but can quickly outgrow and ruin their puppy bed. Certain dog beds are simply not designed to take the punishment from the cute little pup as it morphs into a 100 lbs beast. Most dog beds in these cases 'bottom out' and loose their orthopedic support. Larger dogs also age faster and thus are prone to arthritis and other bone related disabilities. A large dog bed that can contain and support the dogs weight is crucial for a good nights rest.
Observing a dogs sleeping habits is pivotal in selecting a bed your dog will actually sleep on. The biggest problem dog owners often come to realize is when their dog rarely sleeps on the newly purchased dog bed. Owners scratch their head in confusion and blame the dog when it's most likely the bed itself. All dogs have different sleeping habits; some like to curl up while others like to sprawl out or sleep on their backs. It is important to select a bed that will contain your dog. Your dogs head or paws should not be forced to rest off the edge or supports unless they naturally come to rest that way.
Dogs that usually sleep outdoors will sleep in a tight curled position to preserve warmth. Indoor dogs may nestle or nest for the same reason along with the fact that it provides security. However, sleeping in a tightly curled position is not the most relaxed for a dog. In this position a dog will not have a restful nights sleep; their muscles would have to be tense to hold this position. A bumper bed or bolster dog bed with walls would give these kind of sleepers the maximum comfort and sense of security during nap time.
Lastly you have the dogs that love to stretch out and occupy the whole bed just like us humans. For dogs that sleep with these tendencies it is important to select a dog bed that can contain the entire dog toe-to-toe. A dog pillow bed or large dog bed will have your pooch stretched out and counting sheep faster than he or she can sit for their favorite treat.
Once the owner understands the specific needs of their dog depending on how they sleep, he or she can confidently choose the best dog bed that will provide their pup with the maximum comfort they deserve.
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We've narrowed it down to 3 main categories:
Round: Is your dog a curler? Then a round or bumper dog bed is the answer. These type of dog beds give these kind of sleepers the best sense of security and comfort while catching some Zzz's.
Rectangle: Is your dog a sprawler (like most humans)? A pillow dog bed gives your freedom sleeper the liberty of stretching out edge-to-edge without running out of real estate.
Bolster: Own a leaner, or those that like to hog up the sofa? Bolster dog beds are ideal for dogs who like to rest their head on a sofa bolster.