Dog Bed Buying 101: A Step-by-Step Guide

  *This is a collaborative post. A good night's sleep is just as important for a pet as it is for a human. Sleeping on an uncomfortable...


*This is a collaborative post.

A good night's sleep is just as important for a pet as it is for a human. Sleeping on an uncomfortable bed may cause you to wake up feeling drowsy, fatigued, and sore. Maybe you're confused why your dog prefers to rest or sleep on your bed or sofa. So maybe a new dog bed is in order. Here are some tips for picking the perfect bed. 

Prior to purchasing a dog bed, consider the following

There are a plethora of considerations involved in purchasing a new bed or other pieces of furniture, whether for human or non-human. Shape, size, comfort, and sometimes even attractiveness are all key considerations when choosing a dog bed, but there are a few extras to keep in mind. These are the ones I'd like to point out:

Can it be washed, and is the design conducive to cleanliness?

Your pet needs a clean and sanitary environment in which to live and relax. While it's possible that your pet could possibly try to wash its own bedding, the fact remains that your pet is fully reliant upon you for the purchase of a bed that is both simple to clean and free of infections that might harm its health. The dog bed should be able to fit in just about all commercial washers, or it should be broken into washable sections so that it may be cleaned.

Is it long-lasting?

The initial mattresses you purchase for your dog may not be able to keep up with the growing weight of your pet, so you'll have to keep purchasing new ones. You'll still need to prevent regular repairs and replacements even if you get a huge bed in the beginning. Durability is essential. 

Another technique to extend the bed's longevity is to teach your dog how to properly care for it. If you have a pet that likes to chew, you should try to keep it away from the bed's structure or beddings. A well-trained dog is less likely to cause harm to the living area or furniture than an untrained one.

Invest in cozy sheets and pillowcases

Unlike human beds, your dog's bed will not have a mattress; instead, the padding will provide all of the bed's comfort. When a dog sleeps on a bed with minimal padding, it may have the impression that he is outdoors or on the floor. After a good night's sleep, your dog will be irritable and exhausted because of the lack of padding, but with a few more inches of cushioning, your pet wake up energized and happy. In addition to these considerations, you'll also need to take into account your budget, the variety of pets you own, and whether or not they'll be sharing a bed.

Know the weight and length of your pet

An extra-large dog bed is required for dogs weighing more than 120 pounds. Measure your pet's length from the tip of its snout all the way to the end of its tail using a tape measure. Make a note of your dog's weight and length so you don't forget them while you're shopping for new gear.

What tips and tricks do you use when shopping for pet beds? Anything I forgot?

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