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Pet Beds : What type of bed is right for my dog?

What type of bed is right for my dog?

As you’ve likely observed in your own pet, dogs spend a good part of every day sound asleep. This being said, your dog will be spending an awful lot of time in his or her bed, so it’s important that you select the right one. However, this is a bit trickier than when you’re buying a bed for yourself. You can’t very well bring your dog to the pet store, have him or her test a range of options and then give an opinion. So to make life a bit easier for you, this article will assist you in making the right decision for your dogs sleeping needs.n

The first thing that you need to consider is the size and durability of the dog bed models, so that it can handle the abuse it will receive from your pooch. Knowing that, you will then need to choose the location where it will be kept, and the climate of that place. Will your dog bed be placed inside or outside? What is the range of temperatures that it will need to endure? Does it snow where you live? The dog bed you choose will need to be able to withstand all of the elements, year-round.

Now that you’ve figured that out, you can move on to the shape of dog bed best for your companion. Standard dog beds are usually classified as mattresses, balls, or nests. Choosing which of these styles is best for your dog depends on his or her unique sleeping habits. Pay attention to the way your dog tends to sleep. A nest or a ball is best for dogs that curl up while sleeping. Nests are also good for outdoor dogs who will be sleeping in cold weather, since they provide extra insulation, and they allow your dog to sink down and cuddle into them.

However, if your dog stretches out or sprawls while sleeping, a mattress style dog bed will be more comfortable. This allows your dog to move around, stretch out, curl up, and sleep in whatever position feels most comfortable at the time.

You also need to remember that nobody likes sleeping in a bed that is too small – including your dog. This means that you will need to know how to select the proper sized bed for your dog. Your rule of thumb: bigger is better. Leave room for growth if your dog has yet to attain his or her full size, and make sure that when s/he is at full size, there will still be lots of room to move around.

When choosing a nest or ball style dog bed, measure your dog while s/he’s curled up at rest. Then, measure from the very top of his or her head, down to the point where the tail meets his or her back end. Add at least 15 cm to that figure to calculate the minimum bed size that you could select.

To measure for a dog mattress, measure your dog from the tip of the nose, to the place where the tail meets his or her back end. Add at least 25 cm to that figure to calculate the minimum mattress size.

Now it’s time to choose the filler material of the dog bed. Your choices will consist of solid foam, or stuffing. This will have a great deal of impact on the comfort of your dog, and will depend on your dog’s size, health, and age for proper selection.

Beds made of stuffing are generally composed of poly-fill (little pieces of foam). You’ll want to look for a "high-loft" bed, which means that it won’t get squished, or loose it’s ability to spring back over time. A bed with "baffle chambers" is recommended, since it makes sure that the fill remains evenly distributed throughout the dog bed.

Solid foam dog beds are the best choice in the case of large dog breeds and older dogs who are still healthy. For a dog with back or hip problems, or who has arthritis, you’ll need to look into medical-grade orthopedic foam dog beds. When choosing a foam mattress, look for firmness and density. Firmness refers to the hard or softness of the bed, and density is the springiness. The best quality foam dog bed will have higher density and firmness.

The last choice you’ll need to face is the cover for your dog bed. You’ll want one with the greatest ease for washing, since it will invariably get dirty in a surprisingly short span of time. For this reason, you’ll definitely want a cover that can be removed from the mattress, and that is 100% machine washable. It should also be durable enough to deal with sharp claws, and stain resistant. The seams must be double-stitched, and the zipper should be "self repairing" and synthetic.

The comfort and health of your dog depends on a quality sleep. Make sure that the choice you make for your dog’s bed will benefit your dog’s sleep, comfort, and health for years to come.

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