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