Whether you decide to get a puppy or a dog from the animal shelter, a wonderful way to welcome your new pet into your home is to get him a bed. Dog beds are designed with doggy comfort in mind. Here’s what you might want to look for in a bed for your dog.
For starters, don’t just pick the least expensive one. If you go with a thin lumpy pillow for your dog to use, don’t be surprised to find him settled really comfortably on your sofa. Instead, choose a dog bed that is large enough to comfortably accommodate your dog while he is fully stretched out. Most dogs enjoy lying down on a thicker cushion for additional comfort, so you may want to keep that in mind when you are looking.
When you bring home that brand new puppy or that adopted dog from the animal shelter, one of the best ways to welcome him is with a new bed. Dog beds are specially designed with the comfort of your favorite four legged friend in mind. Here’s what to look for.
First of all, get a good quality bed so your dog will actually want to use it. If you settle for a lumpy thin cushion, don’t be surprised to find him curled up on your couch. To avoid this, choose a thicker cushion which will provide greater comfort for him. Ensure that the dog bed will comfortably fit your dog when he is stretched out.
It is important to choose a bed that will be durable and long lasting. For example, a dog’s claws can be quite sharp and may easily shred a flimsy cover. You’ll also want a bed that will maintain its shape even when your pet always seems to lie down in the same spot all the time.
You will want to be sure that there is a way to keep his bed clean and free from odor. An unwashed bed will start to smell given enough time. The bed will smell but so will the room with the bed. There are a couple of ways to avoid this problem. Either buy a washable dog bed, or get a removable dog bed cover which can be taken off to be laundered.
If you need another reason to get a dog bed that is washable or has a removable cover, think fleas and ticks. Thoroughly washing the bed or cover can get rid of these pests. Make sure your dog wears a flea collar to avoid re-infesting the bed.
There is a big variety of specialty dog beds available today. A heated dog bed is the ultimate in comfort for your favorite pet. Although these are more popular during the cold winter months, they can also come in handy in summer in air conditioned houses. Since cool air sinks, the floors of your home can be cooler in summer than they are in winter.
The best bed for summertime outdoor use is the Coolaroo dog bed. Since it sits slightly elevated above the ground, the air is able to circulate under it, helping to keep your dog cool. Coolaroo dog beds are portable and lightweight making them the perfect dog bed to take on trips.
Lastly, if your dog is affected by arthritis or hip dysphasia, he is probably often in pain. A quality dog bed with orthopedic cushioning may be just what will help to ease his pain.
With so many different kinds of dog beds on the market today, you will have no trouble finding the perfect bed for your favorite pet.