3 Top Tips for Buying a Dog Bed

Looking to treat your to a replacement bed or tasked with kitting the home out ahead of a new arrival? Here are three top tips to ensure you get the right bed for your four legged friend.

1. Dog Breed and Dog Beds

If horses have courses (as the saying goes) dog breeds have beds. That is, when buying a one of the first things to consider is the breed of your dog. This is true for numerous reasons.

The breed of a dog determines its size, coat / fur thickness and length and as well in many cases how it likes to sleep. Smaller with shorted limbs often prefer to curl up come bed time whilst longer limbed and larger dogs are often seen sprawling out. And all these factors require careful thought when buying a dog bed, not least for a pup which still has much of its growing to do.

To prevent having to factor all these issues into buying the right bed yourself, opt to keep things simple by making use of the Pets at Home Dog Bedding Size Guide which is featured on their website. It will quickly help you as a dog owner to establish the size and potentially type of bed that is most appropriate for your specific breed of pooch.

2. Environment

Dogs are extremely sensitive, sociable and intuitive animals. As such, they thrive in happy, family orientated environments and homes. This said, many dogs come bed time are sent out of communal living spaces to beds beneath stairs, in nooks and alcoves or their beds are otherwise placed ‘out of the way'.

Whilst some dogs won't mind this, many dogs and especially puppies will struggle to settle having been effectively dismissed and barred from a family room or woken come bed time in order to be moved from a family space to a designated and isolated dog bed elsewhere.

At worst a dog can infer from this that they are being punished. This in turn can cause a dog to become confused, dispirited and unhappy. It may also cause a dog to display ‘bad' behaviours – such as refusing to settle or doing its business indoors.

To avoid this (and owning a miserable dog), simply include your dog; don't put it out in the hall or wake / move a dog that is settled in a communal area. As the old saying goes – let sleeping dogs lie, in this instance literally, by placing the dog's bed in a communal living room where you and / or family spend the evenings. This will communicate to your pooch that it is part of the ‘pack' and so help to nurture a confident and self assured dog that is happy to hit the hay come night time.

For those who prefer to tuck a dog bed away because it can cramp a living or communal family room's style and fail to fit in with the décor, rather than banish a dog (it isn't their fault after all), instead consider purchasing an appropriate and equally high quality dog bed that is simply made with style in mind, such as one of those created and designed by specialists Pet Luxury Online.

3. Temperature Control

Generally speaking, dogs are fantastically and naturally equipped to adapt to a broad range of temperatures. Being mammals and having in most cases a thick layer of fur (when compared to us humans, for example) they are adept at acclimatising to a wider spectrum of temperatures than people. Hence, it is far less common for a dog to become so cold that they feel uncomfortable or get ill due to low temperatures.

That said, there are of course instances in which dogs can become too cold. In the worst of the winter months, a dog like any living creature benefits from sleeping in a temperature controlled environment. Further, health conditions some dogs experience such as diabetes and as well the size of a dog both affect their ability to retain heat.

The rule of thumb is: the smaller the dog and / or the shorter its coat the more likely it is to feel the cold. Fortunately, in almost all cases an added blanket during the colder months or investing in an igloo style dog bed for smaller breeds and especially for smaller breeds with shorted coats (such as Chihuahuas) can remedy or avoid this problem.

On the flipside, dogs can overheat far more easily and essentially because they wear a fur coat all year round. Hence, in the warmer summer months or even just within a home that is a little too well heated for a pooch but may seem perfectly fine for a human, overheating can occur. And this can of course prevent a dog from settling or sleeping. At worst it can even result in a dog becoming short tempered and easily irritated.

We all know, after all, how it feels to get all hot and bothered. Consequently, a dog, just like a human, requires seasonal bedding; extra fleece blankets during the winter months are advisable and easy to store during the warmer times of the year. Meanwhile, ensuring to remove these added thermal layers to prevent a dog from getting too warm during summer is also important.

Further, and finally, because dogs are far more likely to overheat than feel the cold and overheating is not something that happens to a dog just when they take to their bed, it is worth familiarising yourself with the signs and symptoms of an overly hot dog in order to be able to tackle this situation before it begins to potentially impact on your pooch's health or well being. Then, to learn the signs, head over to the Dodo website and give their article: How to Tell If Your Dog is Overheating a read.

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