There are many different types of dog beds out there, and picking the right one for your dog can be quite difficult.
You don' t want to buy an expensive bed only to watch it go unused as your dog sleeps on the couch or (even worse?) on your bed.
This guide will help you get an idea of what the different dog beds offer and which might be best for your furry friend.
The first thing to consider is size.
You don't want to get one of the smaller dog beds for your puppy, especially if it's a large breed.
You don't want your dog to quickly outgrow its new bed, so be sure to factor in growth before purchasing a new sleeping space for your puppy.
Even with a full grown animal, be sure to get a bed big enough that he or she will have room to stretch and won't feel too crowded.
If you get a dog bed that's a bit on the small side, your dog may not use it.
Also take note of the height of dog beds.
You don't want to select a bed that is too high for your small dog.
A raised bed, however, may help keep your dog warm if your house is drafty.
Shape is another consideration.
Dog beds come in several different shapes and looks.
There are round ones, square ones, beds that look like little couches, dog beds with no sides, and beds that have raised sides all the way around.
If your dog likes lying with its head up on a pillow, you may want one of these beds with raised sides.
Think about how your dog usually sleeps.
If he or she sleeps curled up in a circle, a round bed is probably a good fit.
If your dog sleeps stretched out, you might want a longer bed.
Here again you'll want to take into account your dog's age.
If you still have a puppy, you'll want to account for growth.
Be sure to check the tag before you buy your dog' s bed.
You want to be sure that at least the main pad can be removed and washed.
This is a necessity in dealing both with dirt and with keeping your dog's bed free of fleas.
You also want the material to be heavy enough to withstand a little chewing and clawing, especially if the bed is for a puppy.
Durability is another thing to pay attention to.
Some dog beds feature wooden supports or frames, and these beds may last longer than those that are completely made out of cloth.
However, you want to make sure the padding in these beds is sufficient and that the wooden frame won't poke through or be uncomfortable.
If your dog has arthritis or has an injury, you may need to purchase a special bed.
Orthopedic dog beds, for example, are designed to help ease your dog's joint pain.
While you may not want (or need) to invest in a special bed if your dog's injury is minor, if you have an older dog or a permanently disabled one, you might think about it.
Color is a minor consideration when thinking about which of the many dog beds to purchase, but it is something you may want to consider.
If your dog's bed is going to be in your living room or bedroom, you may want to select a bed that doesn't clash with your established color schemes or overall room design.
There are several other options for your dog bed.
Some are heated.
Some can be monogrammed or embroidered with your dog' s name.
Others are waterproof.
The best thing to do before going shopping is to make a list of everything you want for your dog' s bed.
Once you get to the store, you can then cut down the list until you find a bed that fits your budget.