3 Winning Ways to Sniff out your Dream Dog Bed

Golden retriever on dream dog bed

If you think one dog bed is much like another, then think again!

From bargain basement to top-of-the-range, every dog bed has its pros and cons. To avoid making costly mistakes, consider your dog’s snoozing needs and hunt down those features.

As a guide to keeping your dog super snuggly without breaking the bank, think about the following:

1: Does your Dog have Special Requirements?

What factors do you need to be mindful of?

  • Potty training and other ‘accidents’: For a puppy or older dog, washability matters so look for a bed that fits in the washer or has removable covers.
  • Does the dog have arthritis? A warm bed with padded sides to retain heat round the joints is ideal. If the budget allows, consider a Memory Foam Mattress to take the weight off sore legs.
  • Is he a chewer?: A hardwood or tough plastic bed can be the answer or alternatively choose an inexpensive bed that doesn’t cost the earth to replace.
  • Little or large: How much space do you have? A rigid bed for a large dog can dominate a room, where a donut bed or beanbag is a great space-saving alternative

2: What Type of Dog Bed?

Just like dreamers, dog beds come in all shapes and sizes.
Which type is best suited to your dog?

  • Hammock: These consist of a raised fabric bed on frame with legs. Much loved by rescue centres, they are easy to clean, keeps the dog above drafts, and avoids direct contact with a cold floor.
  • Rigid Beds: This traditional bed includes the wicker basket and plastic bed, lined with a blanket. A good option for chewers as the hard bed is more difficult to destroy, and a chewed blanket is easily replaced. However these beds do eat up space, especially for a large dog.
  • Donut Beds: The snuggly padded fabric cocoon. Especially popular for small to medium sized dogs. Fit nicely inside crates or a cosy corner.
  • Bean Bags: Cosy, cosy, especially in cold weather as they retain heat. Must have a washable cover for practicality.

3: Features of the Bed

A bed is a bed…not!

  • Type of stuffing: Look for polyester filling or cotton batting. Avoid shredded cedar.
  • Padding: Truly top end beds may have a memory foam mattress: Great for sore joints but an expensive snack for chewers. A bed with baffles stitching the padding in place is a bonus, as this stops it going lumpy in the wash.
  • Washability: No one wants a smelly dog bed, which means regular laundering is essential. Look for features such as removable covers or the whole bed is washable.
  • Cost: How would you feel if an expensive bed got trashed? Sometimes paying less is more appropriate so it’s not the end of the world if chew-mageddon happens.

For those that don’t have time for the paw-walk to compare beds, we’ve done the sniffing around to find a great all-rounder of a dog bed. Made from durable poly-canvas with a super soft fleecy lining and insulatory interior (cool in summer, warm in winter), it’s fully washable. But better still, it’s at a low, tail wagging price so your dog can have it all, no worries.

Woof to that… and to quiet nights!

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