How do I pick the right size of dog bed?
Measure your pooch from the base of their tail to the tip of their nose, which gives you a good maximum standard size to play with. Then consider how they sleep in a dog bed – will they want something a bit smaller and cosier so they can curl up, or something even longer so their paws and legs can stretch out?
Ensure it is wide enough for your dog too, and bear in mind where you will be placing the dog bed – you don’t want your dog to knock themselves on furniture when getting in and out of the dog bed. Remember to assess the height too – some are high for extra cushioning, which may be hard for dogs with joint pain.
Most dog beds are available in several sizes. Usually, they are available in three sizes, which suits small, medium and large dogs. Make sure you keep an eye on them in the first few days of use – any signs of being uncomfortable, and you may need to rethink.
How often will I need to replace my dog bed?
They will likely become attached to their bed, but as a dog owner, it is vital you look for general signs of wear and tear or a sagging inner cushion almost touching the floor. This could be a good sign that it needs replacing.
There are no general rules, such as human mattresses needing to be replaced every seven years, so you will need to inspect the bed regularly and keep it clean. Make sure you check as often as possible – even heavy duty beds can wear eventually.
Also bear in mind older dogs may change their sleeping habits if they develop joint pain or simply spend more time in the dog bed. So, just because they love their dog bed now doesn’t mean they always will. You may even have to opt for something which is water resistant if they start having accidents.
Should I get a raised bed?
These platform beds on four legs can be good for dogs who usually chew or destroy other beds, or if your dog seems to like being high up (many rescues can like to look over the area rather than being low down for instance).
Remember that a raised dog bed is pretty plain, with no cushioning or soft plush sides so you’ll have to jazz it up with other blankets. While they won’t be for every dog, some are inexpensive so could be worth trying for any dogs who don’t seem to like other forms.
They also won’t be machine washable so aren’t as easy to clean, so you may have to spot clean. If your dog does like to be high up, there are also beds which sit flat on the floor but are quite chunky so still require a step up.
Does a puppy need a dedicated bed?
It is a good idea to buy a bed which matches their size so they know it is their own yes. As mentioned, most beds are available in three sizes so you may want to start with the smallest and increase, but there are also dedicated puppy beds out there.
It’ll need to be high quality to prevent it from wearing away with chewing or clawing the fabric, and have a removable cover which is machine washable to get them used to cleanliness and also cover any accidents. Make sure they’re comfortable with it so they get used to sending time alone.
Where can I buy the best dog bed from?
Local pet shops will sell dog beds, but you will find the best dog bed for your pet online. Here, there is more choice and you can see real details about the material, filling, and other details such as sizes. There may be more options for medium and large dogs too, which physical stores can’t hold.
Ensure you’re using a confirmed website and retailer – we have picks from the likes of Pets at Home, Amazon, Not in The Dog House and Jollyes.