Even if you let your pooch sleep in your bed or have a nap on the couch, he still needs to have a bed of his own. It's important that your dog be given his own bed, as it will be one of the only places in your home that is only for him. Learning how to choose the perfect dog bed will ensure that you select a product that will be comfortable and durable for at least a decade.
That's right! Knowing how to choose the perfect dog bed will save you from having to replace worn out beds 2 or 3 times each year. While the best dog beds, such as the Big Barker dog bed, are more expensive, they'll actually save you money in the long run.
When you're just trying to find the best way to pick appropriate bed for your pooch and learning how to choose the perfect dog bed, there are 6 things you need to keep in mind:
- What are your dog's length and height measurements?
- What style/color bed will match your home's decor?
- Where will you be putting the bed?
- What material is the bed made of?
- Will it be easy to clean?
- What type of features does your pet require?
I'll go into all of these things in more detail in just a moment. Just remember that price should not be a factor in your shopping experience. You can certainly find cheap beds for $20 or less, but they're not going to last very long.
Let's do the math. If you spend $20 every three months to replace your dog's bed, that means you'll be spending $80 each year on dog beds. If you could spend $200 on a high quality bed that would last 5+ years, wouldn't that be a better bargain?
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How To Choose the Perfect Dog Bed
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Things you'll need to consider
Now let's talk more about those 6 questions that I told you to keep in mind.
Of course, if you can bring your dog shopping with you, that will be the best option. You can give him a chance to try out the beds in the store, which will also help you choose the right size for him. There's no better option than bringing your pet into the store.
However, keep in mind that if your dog is shy or timid he probably won't even want to try out any dog beds in the store. With all the new smells and strangers around, he's not going to feel comfortable. In that case, you may save yourself (and your dog) the trouble, and finding a dog bed online, which will always be cheaper than buying in pet stores.
If you're going to purchase a cheap dog bed online and or going into the pet store by yourself, then you'll need to be more vigilant about the measurements and learn how to choose the perfect dog bed for your Fido. Answer these 6 questions before you decide and take them to the store. Your pooch will be snoozing on the perfect bed in no time!
1. What are your dog's measurements?
Let's say your dog is 30″ long. You'll want to get a bed that is at least 36″ long. This will allow Fido plenty of room to stretch out without falling off the bed.
You'll also want to be sure that you measure his height, and purchase a bed that is at least the same height as your pet.
If you have multiple dogs, will they be sharing the bed? My girls love to snuggle up together, but not all canine siblings enjoy sharing their sleeping space. You're going to need to estimate the size of the bed needed to hold multiple dogs.
If you're going to need to buy each dog their own bed, you'll have to answer all of these questions for each dog. Every dog has their own individual needs, and you need to make sure you consider the needs of all of your pups when learning how to choose the perfect dog bed.
2. What style/color bed will match your home's decor?
You don't want to choose a dog bed that's going to stick out like a sore thumb…or maybe you do. Think about the style of your home and which type of dog bed would look best with the rest of your decor.
If your home is decorated with neutral colors, you probably wouldn't want a brightly colored dog bed with a bold pattern. You'll also want to think about the space that you have available. Maybe you've got room for a large elevated bed, or maybe your home is small and a coffee table with a built-in dog bed would be a better option.
Are you going to be leaving your dog's bed in a stationary place or moving it around your home? Our dogs have multiple beds, but we didn't start out that way. We've purchased one dog bed at a time over the years, and before we had multiple beds we had to move them around.
During the day my girls would like to lay in the office with me, so I'd leave the bed in there. On nice summer days they enjoy laying in the sun on the porch, so I'd have to take the bed outside. Having multiple beds has solved this problem.
If you can't afford to buy multiple dog beds right now, you may need to move your pup's bed around for a while. That means you'll want to find one that is easy to take from room to room.
If you take your dog traveling frequently, you may want to find a bed that will fit easily in your vehicle. Think about where and how you'll be using the bed before making your purchase.
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4. What material is the bed made of?
In my video guide I show you an example of a bed stuffed with poly-fill and a bed that is made with orthopedic memory foam. The orthopedic foam bed that my dog's use is from Big Barker. Beds like this one are designed to support your dog's body while he is sleeping.
I know what you're thinking – isn't that the point of all dog beds? Well, yes, but some do a much better job than others. As you can see, dog beds that are filled with poly-fill stuffing become misshapen over time; usually within just a few months.
Beds made of higher quality materials, like memory foam, last a lot longer; many for 5 or more years. While these beds are more expensive, they can actually end up saving you money in the long run because you won't have to replace cheaper beds that quickly become misshapen and uncomfortable.
5. Will it be easy to clean?
This is an easy one. Look for a bed with a cover that comes off easily and machine washable. You never know when you're going to need to clean the bed in the event that your dog has an accident or gets sick on his bed. You'll also want to wash the bed covering frequently to prevent odors, keep parasites at bay and remove shed hair.
6. What type of features does your pet require?
The last thing you need to consider when learning how to choose the perfect dog bed is what features your dog will require. Does he like to nest before lying down or prop his head up with a pillow? Does your dog have arthritis or hip dysplasia?
There are beds that are shaped like caves that allow your pooch to crawl inside and snuggle under the cover. Maybe your dog just likes to stretch out when he snoozes.
This isn't going to be the bed that you'll be sleeping on, so don't make your selection based on what you think looks cute or comfortable. Take your dog's needs and preferences into consideration when thinking about how to choose the perfect dog bed, and your pet will greatly appreciate it.
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