Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Dog Bed

Finding and selecting the right sleeping pad for your pooch is important if you want it to be happy and healthy.

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Because dogs are so active, having a good place to rest their head will let them rest and reenergize.Best Friends by Sheri

Dogs spend at least half of their lives sleeping. The energy consumption involved in your pet’s vigorous play (or work) demands that they get plenty of rest to refuel the tank. Just like us, the more restful their sleep, the healthier and more alert dogs are when active. To make sure your best friend is at his good-natured best, consider treating him to a plush dog bed. It helps define a dog’s space in the house, gives them a sense of security that minimizes anxiety, and ensures that they get the rest they deserve.


Best Friends by Sheri Calming Shag Vegan Fur Donut Cuddler
A padded dog bed is also good for the long-term health of your pooch.Best Friends by Sheri

A thick bed padded with orthopedic or memory foam keeps your dog off cold floors, staving off the effects of arthritis as they age. Padded rims and crevices also satisfy a dog’s desire to snuggle and burrow.


BarksBar Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed
If your dog likes to gnaw and chew on whatever it can get its mouth on, a bed made of quality materials is a must.BarksBar

A bed upholstered with stout nylon or similar fabric is especially important for dogs that like to chew. Bed destruction is a nesting behavior that is difficult to correct, but a bed made of quality materials makes it harder for a dog to get started before you can offer a correction.

Machine Washable

PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed
Dog beds that can be washed, or are protected by a washable cover, are a wise choice if you want it always smelling fresh.PetFusion

Look for a bed that can either be washed whole or separated from its cover and thrown into the washing machine. Even after only a few weeks, a dog’s bed can begin to take on an aroma that only the canine world can appreciate.