Every night, after a long day at work or a hard day at play, you plop down onto a soft, comfortable bed. Shouldn’t your dog get to do the same thing? After all, he spends his time protecting your home, providing your family with companionship and entertainment, and simply loving you. If you are unsure what to look for when shopping for dog beds, you should consider a few factors.
Start with size. Of course, dog beds should be at least as large as the dogs that will sleep in them, but also consider how your dog sleeps. A pooch that always snoozes curled up in a little ball will not require as big of a bed as a pup that likes to spread his legs and sprawl out. In addition, think about your dog’s age. If he is still growing, make sure the dog bed’s size will accommodate him as he gets taller and heavier.
Think about your dog’s health when you shop for dog beds as well. If your four-legged friend suffers from arthritis, hip problems or is simply getting on in years, make sure you pick out a bed that will provide adequate cushioning for her. For instance, a bed that contains foam egg crate material offers softness and support that a dog with pain or stiffness is sure to appreciate.
While on the subject of materials, you may also want to look for dog beds that are easy to clean. Let’s face it: no matter how sweet and well-mannered your dog may be, he can get downright dirty. If you can find a bed that provides a machine washable cover, you will be grateful in the future.
Finally, you must consider the amount you want to spend before shopping for dog beds. They can range in price from downright cheap to “Can I get a loan for this?” While you certainly don’t need to take out a second mortgage just to buy your pooch an oversized pillow, chances are you will get what you pay for if you buy a cut-rate bed. Choose a reasonable price range and buy your dog the comfiest bed you can comfortably afford.