Dogs spend 50% of the day sleeping. The average adult dog sleeps for about 12–14 hours daily. My dog, Maxx, wakes up from his nap and drops his ball at my feet. I’m trained to throw it for several minutes. When he finishes with me, he takes his ball back to his bed and takes another nap. I’m allowed to go back to work. Everybody is happy. Dogs spend so much of their lives sleeping, it’s important to choose the right bed.
When Should You Replace Your Dog’s Bed?
Don’t embarrass your pup or risk his/her health. Replace your dog bed’s when it becomes worn and shabby. When you decide to buy a bed for your dog’s bed there are several factors to consider. What size bed does your dog need? What is the best bed for your dog? What type of bed is appropriate for your dog’s sleeping style?
What Size Bed Should You Choose?
It’s important to buy the right size. Think about Goldilocks from the fairy tale. It has to be just right. If your dog’s bed is too small, he probably won’t sleep in it. So don’t waste your money.
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Take time to observe your dog’s sleeping style; does he stretch out or curl up in a ball? Younger dogs are more flexible and usually curl up when they sleep. If your dog sleeps curled up, make sure the bed you select is big enough for your dog to stretch out when he/she is ready for a good stretch. Older dogs are inclined to sleep stretched out. Does your dog tuck in the corner? My Maxx wraps himself in and under a blanket. Perhaps your guy flops down in the middle of the floor without a care in the world.
How Should You Measure Your Dog?
Be a “good human”, and measure your dog in different sleeping positions. Measure from the nose to the base of the tail. Then add 8” - 10” to determine the bed’s length or diameter. Manufacturers’ dog bed sizes vary. When in doubt, go for a bigger bed. It’s better to get a bed too big than getting one too small. Remember Goldilocks.
Dog Bed Styles
I’ve always thought one dog bed is the same as another. I chose Maxx’s bed by color and size. However, research has shown there are actually different dog bed styles. The diversity of the style designs are more than cosmetics. They have been constructed to address your dog’s sleeping habits.
Bolster Dog Beds— Round with low stuffed wall around the edge of the bed. Designs will vary from a half-bolster to full 360 degrees. Bolster dog beds provide security and support for dogs who like to lean and sleep with their head cradled.
Pillow Dog Beds—that is exactly what they are, a large cushion for your dog.
Nesting Dog Beds—Smaller breeds, puppies who like to curl up and snugglers enjoy cuddling and sinking deep into a high-walled nest or overstuffed pillow-ball. That makes them the perfect choice for the smaller guys.
Heated Dog Beds — Great for dogs who suffer from arthritis and dogs who get cold easily. Maxx my Chihuahua stays in his all winter long.
Dog Bed With Roof — Helps calm and gives support to anxious dogs.
Dog Loungers — Oval or rectangular for dogs that loves to nest by snuggling up against cozy walls
Hammock Dog Beds — Best in warmer climates and for young dogs who don’t need much padding. Dogs enjoy them because it allows them to relax while comfortably elevated off a hard floor, or to lounge luxuriously around the pool.
Mats & Pads --- Usually a foam-constructed pad to provide a comfortable rest spot to bed down. Provides a small degree of protection from hard floors or bare crate bottoms. Helps to prevent damage to beds and furniture. Great for older or arthritic dogs.
Orthopedic Dog Beds — Good for older, senior dogs, active or dogs recovering from surgery. An orthopedic bed with a firm foam construction can help relieve pain and tenderness. Providing support for your dog's body to help keep it in perfect alignment while eliminating painful pressure points.