For those working with horses or in stables, dogs can be vital companions that accompany you on your day-to-day routine. It’s therefore only fitting that you reward their loyalty and companionship with a safe and loving home – and that includes a good dog bed.
However, with so many dog beds to choose from knowing which one to pick can prove an overwhelming decision.
It’s important to remember, that just like humans, no two dogs are the same. Dogs come in all shapes and forms and the right bed for your pooch may not be best for one of their four-legged friends.
Understanding the anatomy of your dog
When searching for the perfect bed for your pooch, you’ll find that they are an abundance shapes, styles and sizes on the market. In order to pick the right one, it’s hugely important to understand the anatomy of your dog.
This includes looking at their physical appearance. For example, if your dog is tall, you’ll need to buy a bigger bed whereas if your canine is of a smaller breed then a smaller dog bed or basket will suffice.
It’s important to factor in their weight too. This makes a massive difference and will ensure you invest in a bed that provides the right level of comfort and support.
Buying a bed that will last for years to come
A puppy can go from being extremely small to extremely large in what seems like a matter of weeks. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to choose a bed that will last for years to come wherever possible.
Regularly replacing your puppy’s bed just isn’t feasible so it’s a good idea to pay close attention to both weight limits and dimensions when shopping. Try and buy a bed that will allow your dog some room for growth but not be so large as to make them reluctant to use it. If you are finding it difficult to train your puppy to sleep in its own bed then dog treats could help.
To keep cool, dogs will continuously move from one sleeping spot to another, which is why it’s important to consider your dog’s coat when choosing the fabric and texture of their bed.
Dogs with shaggy coats will overheat when lying on overly soft surfaces so regardless of how comfy the bed looks always check the material is suitable for your hound.
Just like us, every dog boasts a different sleeping preference. Dogs that love to be flat will most likely prefer a bigger bed where they can stretch out For those who prefer to sleep curled up, a smaller, rounder bed is best so observe your dog’s sleeping habits before hitting the shops.
Types of beds
From bolster dog beds to rectangle dog beds and orthopedic dog beds, there’s a style for every breed. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect from each one:
- Bolster bed: these feature a raised section that allows dogs to rest their heads more comfortable and feel safe in a semi-enclosed space
- Rectangular bed: these are designed for larger dogs who like to stretch out as they offer more floor space and room
- Orthopedic bed: these are particularly beneficial from older dogs who may suffer from arthritis and poor joints and thus need extra dog care