Dogs spend an average of 12-14 hours a day sleeping. That’s a lot of rest!
So, what should a dog sleep on? While your bed is always an option, some dog owners want to keep their sleeping space separate from their furry best friend.
Learn why a dog bed is important and what you should consider when purchasing one.
Are dog beds necessary?
Yes! At least we certainly think they are. While a dog can sleep in your bed, this can disrupt your sleep, affect intimacy with your partner, and can cause your sheets to be covered in dog hair, drool, dirt, and anything else your dog is introducing.
A dog bed is cozy and supportive. It’s much better at pressure point relief than the hardwood floor, and it will help deter your pet from taking over the sofa or armchair.
When should you get a dog bed?
A dog bed should be one of the first things you purchase when getting a dog but it’s never too late to buy one!
What size dog bed does your dog need?
This depends on the size of your dog.
Typically the pet bed product page will show the dimensions of the bed so you can visualize the size and/or will recommend a size based on your dog’s weight or breed.
It also depends on whether they like to curl up or spread out. For example, you may have a smaller dog that could easily fit on a small pet bed but if your dog likes to stretch out in their bed and bring all their toys with them, you’ll want to size up.
Know the size of the pet bed, the size of your dog, and how they tend to sleep or relax. That will help you determine which size is best!
Can a dog bed be too big?
Not really! It’s much better to have a dog bed that’s a little too big than one that is too small. This is because a pet bed that is too small won’t accommodate your dog’s weight or support their body as they sleep. This can cause muscle and joint discomfort.
You want your dog’s bed to be a comfy place where they feel well-rested in the morning so make sure the bed isn’t too small!
Do dogs need a bed in their crate?
You could technically use some fluffy blankets but a dog bed is a great addition to your dog’s crate. It will certainly make the crate a more comfortable space.
Do dogs prefer a soft or hard bed?
You know your dog best! It shouldn’t be too soft or too firm though. You want it to be firm enough so that it offers support, but soft enough where it has a little give.