How to choose the perfect dog bed

We all know that dogs are happy to lie down in all kinds of places during the day, but it’s important for them to have a space of their own for napping and sleeping at night. When it comes to deciding on a dog bed, the choice is practically endless – and it takes careful consideration to make sure you get the right one for your companion.

Before making any final decisions, you’ll need to consider their needs. For example, the breed size, their age, any health issues they may have, and how they like to sleep. What’s more, you’ll have your own concerns, too, like the bed’s size and price, and make sure it works with your décor.

Watch your dog sleep

  • What’s their sleeping style? Even when laying randomly in a weird spot, does your pooch sleeps in a stretched-out position? They’re likely to need a big bed. Or if your dog prefers to curl up and cuddle, a smaller bed with bolstered sides for them to lean on could be a better option.
  • Do they get cold or hot when they go to sleep? Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes, and some types of bed can help them regulate their temperature, for example, with inbuilt heating or cooling pads.
  • Does your dog like to chew? If they have a habit of chewing of destroying things in your house, make sure you choose a durable dog bed that’s made to last. That way, you won’t have to reinvest in another bed further down the line.

Measure your dog while sleeping

  • What size is your dog? You need to make sure your four-legged friend can lay down comfortably when they get into bed. A sensible way to measure your pooch is from its nose to its tail, while they’re asleep. Then, all you need to do is add between 8 to 12 inches to decide on the length or diameter of their bed.*
  • Are they fully grown? Bear this in mind when measuring, because if they’re still growing, you may want to get a bigger bed than they need right now. If you’re buying a bed for your puppy but you don’t want to have to buy a bigger one later on, you can always add padding or blankets to a larger bed to make them feel more secure.
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Think about special needs

  • How old is your dog? As your dog gets older, they’ll need more support from their bed to protect their joints. Orthopaedic beds, which are made from high-density memory foam, can be really helpful for dogs with sore joints or arthritis. They mould to the shape of your dog’s body to ease their pain and help keep them comfortable.
  • Do they have any health issues? It’s worth bearing in mind that memory foam can hold an odour. So if you’re going for a memory foam bed because of the comfort and support it offers, just be sure it comes with a waterproof, washable cover that’s nice and easy to keep clean.

Choose the right design

  • Does it match your décor? Remember, a dog bed will be a part of your home, so it should also be in keeping with the look and feel of your home. For example, designer patterns and bold colours will enhance any room, so you can make a statement while ensuring your pooch stays comfortable.
  • Is it easy to clean? As we all know, dogs get dirty, wet and smelly all too often, so a removable machine-washable cover really can make all the difference – especially if you have an adventurous dog.

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Get one that ticks all the boxes

Here at Raised by Humans, we’re proud to cater to dogs of all shapes and sizes, so you’re sure to find a solution that works for you. We’ve created a superb selection of designer dog beds and mattresses, complete with all the features your four-legged friend’s needs. Bold, contemporary design means they’ll also look fabulous in your home.

By Raised By Humans