Depending on the breed, size, and age, a dog will sleep for anywhere from 12 to 18 hours out of 24. With all that time lying down, doesn’t it make sense for your pet to have a comfortable place to nap? A dedicated dog bed will give your family friend a place all his or hers, and stay off of the furniture–or even your own bed.
The best bed for your dog will depend on how your dog generally likes to sleep. Some dogs need to stretch their limbs, so a large-sized mat or pillow gives them plenty of space to sprawl. Others like to curl up in a ball, so a bolster bed, with raised edges, provides a cozy, nested spot. It’s also a good option for dogs who like to rest their heads as if on a pillow. Dogs who like to burrow (or have anxiety issues) will appreciate a cave bed, with a hooded area to hide their heads.
Support is important for a dog’s bones and muscles. If your dog has physical issues, or just likes to sleep on its back, thick memory foam dog beds can provide the necessary firmness. Older dogs can get cold easily, so heated beds can provide therapeutic comfort. Dogs who need to stay cool will appreciate either a raised cot or a cooling bed.
Since your dog will be spending a lot of time in it, you’ll want to choose a bed that’s durable and easy to clean. If bladder control is an issue, waterproof dog beds options are available.
Chances are, your dog fits several of the categories we’ve described. That’s why we carry beds that combine all sorts of flexible options. The one you choose for your dog will end up looking so comfortable, you’ll want to climb right in too.