Dog Beds Buyers Guide
Sleep is a very important part of our lives, and our health and general wellbeing depend a lot on how well we sleep. Anyone who has had a bad night’s sleep will tell you how difficult it is to function properly the next day, especially if you have to work or need to concentrate on something such as a student preparing for an exam.
Sleep gives our bodies the time to recover and rest from the previous day and to get prepared for the day ahead. If we have a restless night, or one with a poor quality or small amount of sleep, we will often struggle to perform to our capacity.
There are many reasons why people experience poor sleep. Sometimes it can be a one-off thing, but other times, it can unfortunately be something that plagues a person, and which can lead to a whole range of issues.
Animals and their sleep
Like humans, animals will also be affected by lack or poor quality of sleep, and dogs are no exception. Dogs actually sleep for more hours a day than humans, racking up between 12 to 14 hours each day and night.
Dogs are very adaptable when it comes to sleep, and as well as sleeping when their owners do during the night, they will also have a few extra hours of shut eye during the day, usually when they are at home alone while their owners or family are out at work or school.
As with us, one of the keys to a good night’s sleep is the bed that we sleep on. As strange as it may sound, a good bed for your dog is just important for their sleep as it is for our own quality of sleep.
Getting a bed for your dog
There are a huge variety of different types of dog bed available, either at your local pet store, or online. They come in a wide range of styles and sizes, and there will be something suitable for all types of dog, whether you have a Great Dane or a Chihuahua.
If you’ve been a dog owner for many years, you’ll most likely have experienced the occasion when your dog comes and snuggles up with you in bed. Sometimes they might even have fallen asleep at the side of you. However special the moment is, it’s much more beneficial for both of you (and your quality of sleep) that you get a bed especially for your dog.
Factors to consider when choosing a dog bed
When it comes to picking a bed for your dog, there are a number of things that you will need to take into consideration. The main factor is the breed of dog that you have. Different types of dog bed will be best suited to specific types of dogs. Some larger dogs require a lot of space to sleep, so you will want a regular type of dog bed, and not a covered one which will offer only a limited amount of room for them to move around in.
Another important factor is the age of your dog. Do you have a little puppy, or is your dog one that is getting on in life? Some of the older dogs would need a bed that offers more comfort and support, especially for their joints, which as they age, can be prone to aches and pains just like us.
One more thing that is going to be a big influence on the type of dog bed that you go for is the price. Some types of bed are going to be a lot more expensive than others. If you want something basic without any thrills, then the price will be easily affordable. But if you are looking for something a little more luxurious such as additional padding, removable washable covers or a range of other options, then the price is going to be much higher.
At the end of the day, you can only go with what you can actually afford, so it is often a good idea to do a little research and work out the best type of bed for your pet and then do a little shopping around and try and find where you can get it for the best price. Don’t forget to check online, as a lot of the time, you can find some great discounts and offers from online stores who can sometimes offer better prices simply because they don’t have the same overheads as a physical store.
Some of the most popular dog beds
There are a number of dog beds that are very popular with pet owners around the world. The best seller is the classic dog bed, which is usually a round or oval shaped bed, with a decent amount of foam padding, creating a very comfortable and soft place for your dog to sleep. These are usually available in a few different sizes, and there should be one for every type of dog.
Another popular option is the nested dog bed, which has supports around the sides that can act as a pillow for your dog’s head, as well as providing a barrier between the bed and the floor. These beds have a lovely cozy center, where your dog can safely snuggle up for the night.
If you have an aging dog that is often in pain, then you might want to consider looking at the range of orthopedic dog beds that are available on the market. These will provide much more support for your dog’s muscles and joints, and are usually more padded and softer than a regular dog bed.
Some final thoughts
Whatever type of dog bed you go for, the main thing is that it will be suitable for your pet. You don’t want to buy a hooded dog bed for your German Shepherd. Likewise, you wouldn’t want a large elevated dog bed for your small puppy.
Speak to the people at your local pet shop, and ask for their recommendations. After all, they are the experts in animal welfare and can help you decide on the best possible option for your canine friend.