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What to look for in dog beds

By Maryann K.

Sprawled on the bed, on your favorite jeans, on your coat. Nestled into the back seat of your car.

These are all places where your puppy can sleep — and quite comfortably too. However, while your puppy can sleep anywhere, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he/she should. As a puppy owner, it is very important to provide your friend with a warm and comfortable bed that he/she owns; a place he/she can retreat to at night, run to in a thunderstorm to get away from the sound and feel safe and for a comfortable place to nap in throughout the day.

Below, I’ve listed just a few of the ways a dog bed will benefit both you and your dog.

Cushion
A good dog bed will provide your puppy with a soft, comfortable place to rest his joints and bones. This becomes increasingly important as dogs age. Besides, it doubles as a place to hid their treats, too.

Insulation
Dog beds offer an important source of insulation during the winter and summer, acting as a protective layer between the cold floor or hot ground.

Hair and odor control
Dog beds can help keep your house clean (or at least cleaner) by keeping the hair and odor concentrated in a single area, while discouraging puppy from curling up on the upholstery. Even better, quality beds are water-resistant and easy to clean.

Personal space
Much like the rest of your family, your puppy needs a space where he/she feels safe, protected, and relaxed. By providing your puppy with his/her own bed, you can help them feel as though they have a valued place in your household, and, of course, your heart..

How to choose a dog bed

Now that you know your puppy needs its own bed, how do you pick the right one? To determine the best bed, you should consider the following factors:

Size
It’s important to choose a bed that is big enough to support your puppy’s body when they are stretched out. Vets suggest measuring your puppy, and then picking a bed that is at least 5 inches longer and wider.

Ease of cleaning
Consider choosing a water-resistant bed for easy cleanup.

Location
If your puppy sleeps outside, you should choose a bed that resists mold, fungus, and other environmental hazards to avoid causing health issues.

Quality
Just as you wouldn’t skimp when choosing your own bed, you should look for a bed made of durable, superior materials.

For humans, it isn’t just a sales pitch from mattress companies when they say you spend a third of your life in bed, so what you sleep on is important. The same is true for puppies, and even more so. We owe it to them to find a safe, comfortable place for them to sleep or just hang out calmly with the family. Luckily, puppy beds are a lot cheaper than human beds, but worth every penny you spend.