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The Best Calming Dog Beds of 2021

We imagine that you’ve landed on this page because you’ve noticed that your dog may be suffering from anxiety, and if this is the case, you’re not alone. A medical study from the University of Helsinki conducted research on 14,000 dogs and found that three-quarters of them displayed anxious behaviour.

But with a busy household, past experiences and many being largely alone while we work, it makes sense that our ‘happy-go-lucky’ friends would be less than relaxed. But if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to do all you can to appease these worries and make them feel a little more reassured.

Dog calming beds are a real buzzword at the moment, but how can you tell which ones are actually going to be effective in calming your dog? Well, it’s all about the shape of the bed, the support they provide and fabric they’re lined with, but don’t worry, we’ll get into more detail about that in our buying guide.

But first, let’s look at our round-up of the best and most effective calming beds on the market right now. Each one has been carefully chosen based on the three key features of a calming bed, the reviews the product has and the trustworthiness of the brand.

So let’s get started with the top three!

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    Our Top Picks

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    BarkBox Memory Foam, Calming Dog Bed
    • Water-resistant material
    • Machine washable
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    Best Friends by  Sheri Luxury Faux Fur Donut
    • Customer support available
    • Extra filling also provides relief from joint and muscle pain
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    Joules Velvet Chesterfield Dog Bed
    • Machine washable
    • Non-skid bottom
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    The Top 10 Reviewed

    1.
    BarkBox Memory Foam, Calming Dog Bed

    As far as calming donut beds go, the Barkbox is by far one of the best because they’ve thought of the orthopaedic value of the bed as well.

    It has the usual high sides and natural fur imitation, but what makes it different is the chipped memory foam mattress inside.

    While it may not be a superior alternative to other dog memory foam beds, if a calming dog bed is your priority, then this choice really is giving you the best of both worlds. It will effectively relieve body aches, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and arthritis while soothing their anxieties.

    There are a few reviews that expressed being disappointed when it arrived, but it’s worth remembering that the bed arrives as a vacuum-packed bed in a box and that it can take up to an hour to fully inflate.

    Features

    • Water-resistant material
    • Machine washable

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: ‎43.18 x 38.1 x 20.32 cm
    • Size: M
    • Material: Chipped memory foam, faux fur

    2.
    Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Faux Fur Donut

    A popular name when it comes to anti-anxiety dog beds, the Best Friends By Sheri Original Calming Bed is a sought after choice, and it’s easy to see why. The bed has the classic donut shape with a raised rim to create a sense of security and a place to burrow in, while the faux fur is self-warming and reminiscent of a mother’s fur coat.

    The bolstered sides provide further orthopaedic support, and the entire bed can be placed in the washing machine as well.

    It’s also made from water-resistant nylon, which is unusual for a fur bed, but incredibly handy,

    Features

    • Customer support available
    • Extra filling also provides relief from joint and muscle pain

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 114.3 x 114.3 x 22.86 cm
    • Size: XL
    • Material: Premium Virgin Airloft Fibres, Polyester, Faux Fur

    3.
    Joules Velvet Chesterfield Dog Bed

    Joules is a long-established British brand known for delivering quality, luxury dog beds like this Chesterfield Dog Bed with its tufting detail.

    And while this dog bed may have luxe velvet instead of faux fur, the padded high sides will cocoon your little buddy in a comfy nest and will keep the distractions out so they can burrow in and feel secure.

    The padding is extra thick, so no pressure or hard surface will cause your furry friend to feel unsettled either.

    It’s the ideal size for the little guys and is dense enough to ensure their joints are being sufficiently supported off the ground.

    Features

    • Machine washable
    • Non-skid bottom

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: ‎50 x 50 x 25cm
    • Size: S
    • Material: Plush velvet

    4.
    DanceWhale Round Calming Dog Bed

    A brand with plenty of happy customers, the DanceWhale Calming Bed is a crowd pleaser and is ideal for pets who love to curl up with its round shape and ultra-soft faux fur plush surface.

    The raised rim creates a sense of security and protection while providing head support, and since the bed is 24 cm thick, you can trust that the filling will be effective in relieving joint and muscle pain.

    The non-skid bottom keeps the bed in place and is mildew proof, meaning you don’t have to worry about damp and mould. But if the bed does need a clean, the entire thing is also machine washable.

    Features

    • Great reviews
    • Great choice of colours and sizes

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 26 cm
    • Size: XS - 4XL
    • Material: Polyester

    5.
    Dream Paws Anxiety Reducing Dog Bed

    Another great choice for calming your pup down is the Dream Paws Anxiety Reducing Dog Bed.

    This pink snuggly bed will be a haven for your little buddy with thick high sides to envelop them and, like the other donut beds, long fur to mimic their mother or another doggy companion and calm separation anxiety or loneliness.

    It also comes with a cute bear toy to keep them company as well.

    Features

    • Machine washable
    • Cute pillow teddy included

    Specifications

    • Dimension: 58cm x 58cm x 16 cm
    • Size: S
    • Material: Premium-quality polyester material

    6.
    Scruffs - Ellen Donut Dog Bed

    As the leaders of pet products, the team at Scruffs know how to design a dog bed!

    The Ellen Donut Dog Bed uses a textured faux fur (for soothing properties) and a contrasting tweed outer cover for a sophisticated country finish.

    Not only has the bed’s sleep been lined with luxurious plush fur to comfort your little friend, but it’s filled with 100% recycled polyester filling and has a fixed centre cushion for improved support and durability as well.

    Features

    • Non-slip base so it can be used on hard floors
    • Water-resistant polyester filling

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 75 x 59 cm
    • Size: M, L
    • Material: 100% polyester

    7.
    Rosewood Comfort Round Dog Bed

    Rosewood is a long-established pet brand that has been trusted by dog owners for some time now, and once again, they’ve delivered with their calming donut bed.

    They’ve gone with the classic design of super soft faux fur that’s self-warming and soothing in the way it imitates a mother’s presence. The raised edges create a sense of enclosed security while providing head and neck support at the same time.

    The grey/silver colour of the bed also happens to be really sophisticated and will blend in effortlessly with any decor.

    Features

    • Non-slip base
    • Machine washable

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 79 x 79 cm (L)
    • Size: S, M, L
    • Material: Faux fur plush, polyester

    8.
    Pets at Home Linen Grey Oval Dog Bed

    If the traditional donut bed is not something you’re a fan of then, a high-sided oval bed will provide similar benefits.

    This XL Pets At Home bed is designed to encourage curling up, which instinctually soothes a dog, and the high sides will provide a sense of security and privacy, while the soft inner lining will make for a warm, comforting space.

    Features

    • Machine washable
    • Great reviews

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 27 x 83 x 61cm
    • Size: XL
    • Material: Tweed and sherpa

    9.
    TENGYE Organic Cotton Cuddler Bolster Dog Bed

    Crafted with a bolstered, circular design, the TENGYE bed may not necessarily be classed as a donut, but it does have the encompassing shape and high sides that have proved to be so effective in calming dogs. The raised rim of the bed provides neck support and creates a secure environment for your pup. The bed is double-sided and has a double-layer filling, and at 15 cm deep, you can trust that the bed is sufficiently padded.

    While this bed doesn’t have the faux fur lining that often comes hand in hand with anti-anxiety beds, it makes up for this by using organic cotton that will help to regulate your dog’s temperature, keeping your dog cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

    Not only is organic cotton eco-friendly and lasts longer, but it’s also more beneficial for your dog. It’s soft and breathable, allowing air to circulate so your dog’s bed won’t become stuffy.

    Features

    • Oval shape to encourage natural instinct to curl up
    • Entire bed machine washable

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 76.2 x 55.9 x 15.2
    • Size: S-M
    • Material: Organic Cotton

    10.
    Boehner Self-Warming Calming Dog Bed Donut

    Filled with premium virgin Airloft fibres that last three times longer than most pet beds, this bed will stay plush without sinking. The round soft shape is perfect for snuggling up in, and the cosy soft shag fabric will bring a sense of security with its likeness to a mother’s fur.

    It’s not just cosy, but it’s practical too, with an anti-slip design that has anti-slip silicone grips to help keep the bed stationary.

    This fabric is also water-resistant to give you some protection from drooling or any other little accidents.

    Features

    • Machine washable
    • Promotes better sleep quality

    Specifications

    • 80 x 80 x 80 cm
    • Size: M
    • Material: Polypropylene, cotton

    Buying Guide

    What to look for with a calming dog bed?

    When looking for any dog product, we always recommend choosing brand names that are trusted. If they’re not household names, it’s a good idea to choose products that are made in Britain, where there are stricter laws surrounded the quality and safety of consumers products.

    As we mentioned in the introduction, three crucial components make up a calming dog: fabric, shape and support. The ideal calming dog bed is self-heating and made with faux fur to soothe, circular with high sides to help them to feel secure and thick padding that they can sink into. Some products may not have all these features but are perhaps better made, so don’t rule them out.

    Material

    You’ve probably noticed by now that the majority of our dog beds are lined with faux fur. Not only is faux fur self-heat really well – making them feel warm and snuggly – but it will also make your dog feel like they’re not alone. Dogs are pack animals, so it makes sense that they feel comforted from the idea of another dog being next to them. This fur also replicates how they felt as puppies when they nestled into their mother’s fur. While your dog knows they’re not with their mother anymore, there will still be that unconscious reassurance if they’re reminded of that feeling. Faux fur is not essential, but it does help.

    Faux fur isn’t naturally water-resistant and anti-bacterial, so it’s worth looking for dog beds that have a water-resistant lining as well.

    If you’re concerned about the material used in a product, we always recommend asking the company questions first, doing your research and checking reviews of previous customers.

    Shape

    The three best shapes for comfort are circular shapes with high sides, including the round donut shape, an oval, or a nest-like bolstered shape. As long as it has high sides and deep cushioning for your dog to sink into, the bed should have a calming effect.

    Support

    Unfortunately, some calming donut beds start to dip in the centre over a period of time. This is because the brand has focused on all the other great calming properties of the bed but neglected quality padding. We always recommend memory foam as a filling because it has orthopaedic properties, and it will help to calm your dog as well since they’ll be relieved of any pressure and joint pain.

    Size

    Based on the reviews from donut beds, some run small, so we suggest going a size up just the be on the safe side. If your dog doesn’t like to curl up in a ball but rather lie flat, then you need to take this into consideration as well when you’re choosing the size. In terms of measuring your dog, we recommend the base of their tail to the tip of their nose, which gives you a good idea of their maximum sleep length.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    Do calming dog beds really work?

    In short, yes, they do. While there is no official evidence behind it, experts have agreed that certain features of a dog bed can have a positive and calming effect on canines. And if the reviews are anything to go, then the results speak for themselves, even if the technology behind a dog bed is simple.

    It makes logical sense that high sides will help a dog feel secure and will stop them from being distracted by outside stressors if they’re trying to settle. And once again, being that we know dogs are pack animals, the presence of fur will reassure the instinct to be near other dogs even if the fur is fake.

    There may not be sufficient evidence behind the beds yet, but the amount of success stories from other dog owners is enough to help you feel confident in making your purchase.

    How can I calm my dog?

    Naturally, a dog bed isn’t going to solve all your problems. For dogs with mild separation anxiety, it might just be enough. But for the majority of other dogs, a calming dog bed will be just one of the ways you’re tackling the anxiety.

    Exercise: It’s basic knowledge that dogs need a walk every day, but many people don’t realise that dogs (especially working dogs) need 1-2 hours of activity every day in order to feel calm in the house.

    We understand that if you’re working and have a family, an hour-long walk a day probably isn’t feasible, so it’s important to invest in a good dog walker or a doggy daycare. They can be pricey, but it’s a sure-fire way of calming your dog and helping them to socialise and become more even-tempered.

    Training: Whether it’s a result of past experiences or energy that they pick up on, dogs can develop bad habits of how to respond to something, and of course, some dogs respond with anxious behaviour like barking or crying.

    That doesn’t mean this behaviour is permanent; with the right amount of consistent training, you can teach a dog to respond to things differently in the same way you can as a person. Consider speaking to a dog trainer or reading up on the daily training that you incorporate to slowly condition your dog to react differently.

    Remedies: A calming dog bed is, of course, one of the natural remedies that you can implement, but you can also try putting the bed in a different room, away from any hustle and bustle. That way, your dog will come to associate the bed as a calming and restful place rather than an anxious one. Another thing to try is natural calming aromas and supplements; you can pick these up at any pet store, but if you’re in doubt as to which one will be best for your dog, always speak to your vet.

    Where can I buy the best calming dog bed?

    It’s quite difficult to buy a calming dog bed on the high street, so we advise shopping online to get a full picture of what’s available and to compare specific attributes. Online pet shops like Pets At Home, Zooplus, Omlet, and Not In The Doghouse will provide specialised options, and Amazon is great for finding trusted dog brands. Ovis is also a trusted dog brand as well.

    How to wash a calming dog bed?

    Most calming dog beds have a zip cover that’s machine washable, and in some cases, the entire bed can be placed in the machine.

    However, if the bed is not machine washable, simply soak in a bath or sink in warm soapy water for a few minutes before air drying. It’s important to leave it overnight or for an extra day as the internal padding will be holding a lot of the water and therefore needs to dry out properly.