Just like choosing a dog house that meets your dog’s requirements is important, so is picking a comfortable bed. Different dogs have different body types, sleeping styles and preferences. For that reason, dog beds vary drastically from one model to another. There are many different types of beds available – from dog bed small models to large ones, in round or square shape, with or without sides, with different fillings, etc, which can make it confusing knowing which one to choose. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to find the best bed for your furry friend.
Measure Your Dog
Picking the right dog bed for your pooch will ensure he’s getting enough support and that he has plenty of room to stretch out and get comfortable. The first step in picking the right bed is knowing your dog’s length. For that, you’ll need to measure your dog . Once you have your dog’s measures, add 15cm to 30cm to ensure he has enough space to move around.
Know Your Dog’s Weight
You’ll find that many dog bed sizes are categorized by the dog’s weight. So, in addition to your dog’s length and width, it’s also important to know how much your dog weighs.
Small (up to 10 kilos)
If you have a dog that is under 10 kilos, like a Chihuahua, small dog beds might be the best option. You’ll find dog bed small models available in different styles, so make sure to choose the right one for your pet.
Medium (10-20 kilos)
A medium dog bed size is perfect for any medium-size dog (10 – 20 kilos), like a Corgi. So, if your dog is in this weight range, you will want to look for a medium dog bed.
Large (20-45 kilos)
Any dog between 20 and 45 kilos, like a Labrador, will need a large dog bed. With the different styles and shapes available, you’ll have many options to choose from.
Extra Large (over 45 kilos)
If your dog weighs over 45 kilos, like a Great Dane, you’ll want to look for a large dog bed. They range in different shapes and styles, so make sure to look around to find the best dog bed for your large furry friend.
Recognize Your Dog’s Sleeping Style
Your dog’s sleeping style is another factor that should be considered. If you have a small dog that likes to sprawl out when sleeping, you may want to consider a bigger bed. On the other hand, if you have a larger dog that likes to curl up in a tiny ball, a smaller bed may be a better option.
If your dog loves to stretch in all directions, he’s considered a sprawler. Sprawlers like to use the whole surface of the bed and take up lots of room. Some dogs enjoy sleeping sprawled out on their side, especially during summertime, because exposing their belly helps them cool off. For sprawlers, the best beds are rectangular pillow models or roomy pads.
Some dogs like to curl up in a ball while they sleep. That is a natural reaction from their roots when they were wild and would curl up in a ball to conserve their body heat and protect themselves from any predators. For this kind of dog, a smaller, round, oval, or bolster bed would be a better option.
These are the kind of dogs that love to dig in and go under the covers. They enjoy making a cozy nest, creating that cave feel. One common thing amount burrowers is that they love to sleep with their owners in their bed, burrowing under the blankets. The best beds for burrowers are hooded or domed dog beds.
Leaners enjoy resting their heads against something. They also appreciate the feeling of support. All this makes a bolster bed the perfect bed option for leaners.
Consider Your Dog’s Special Needs
Your furry friend may have specific needs when it comes to their bed. For example, if he suffers from aches, pain or joint problems, he might benefit from an orthopedic or memory foam bed which he can get in and out of easily. Nervous dogs may benefit from an “igloo” type of bed which allow them to hide away in comfort whenever things get too much for them.
If you have more than one dog, avoid competition by getting one bed for each of them. If they like to snuggle up together, it may be a good idea to get an extra dog bed large enough for them to share comfortably.
How to Wash a Dog Bed?
Dog beds can come with removable covers or not – keep this in mind also when choosing your dog bed. Washing a dog bed with a removable cover is far easier. All you have to do is take off the cover and place it in the washing machine. Follow the instructions on the label.
For dog bed covers that aren’t machine washable, you’ll want to wash them by hand. The same applies to dog beds with non-removable covers. To wash the bed cover or bed itself by hand, you will want to fill up a large basin with enough water to completely submerge the bed. Soak the bed in warm water with a non-toxic detergent for about 10 minutes. Use baking soda and a toothbrush to scrub the bed. This will help remove any lingering odours. Rinse thoroughly and wring the bed out in a sunny place for it to dry.