What dog bed should I get for a Labrador?
Lots of dogs love to snuggle up in their own bed, so you should always make sure your companion has one that suits them down to the ground. Every dog is different, and if you’re the lucky owner of a Labrador, you can choose beds that are perfectly suited for this larger breed.
Because ‘Labs’ bigger than other popular breeds, they need a bed that gives them a good amount of support, as well as plenty of cushioning for their heavy joints. Of course, every Labrador is different, but to help you pick the right bed for your pup, we’ve put together a list of things to look out when you’re deciding what to buy.
Make sure it’s big enough
Labradors aren’t usually small dogs, so you need to make sure you get a bed big enough for your pooch. Even if your Lab is just a puppy right now, it’s a good idea to choose something like a mattress dog bed that they can grow into; after all, puppies don’t stay puppies forever, and it means you won’t have to go and buy another one when they’re all grown up. For some Labs, a medium-sized bed will be big enough, while others will need something larger, especially if they love stretching out on their backs with their paws in the air!
As much as you try and stop them, some Labs just love to chew. Those big jaws will wreck just about anything in short order, from shoes and squeaky toys, to their own beds. If your Lab is a chewer then they’ll need a tough, durable bed that can stand up to the chomping. Choose something hardwearing and you know it’ll also be able to withstand their weight, too.
Support for their joints
If you want to make sure your older Lab has the full support they need, you should pick a bed with orthopaedic memory foam. Labradors are prone to a condition called hip dysplasia, and as your pooch gets older, they’ll be putting more and more stress on their joints and bones.
Choosing an orthopaedic bed or one with extra support will help alleviate some of the strain. The foam filling relieves pressure points on their shoulders and hips, which will provide welcome relief. It’ll also make it easier for them to stand up after sleeping. If your Lab’s already a senior, they’ll need as much cushioning and support as possible, whether you’ve got a standalone bed or a cushion for a crate.
Keep it clean
We all know that some Labradors simply can’t resist rolling around in the dirt and splashing around in water. And if they decide to go straight into bed afterwards, they’ll make a real mess. With this in mind, when shopping for a dog bed, it’s worth looking out for one with a removable cover. That way, you can just slip it off, pop it in the washing machine, and it’ll look as good as new. If you’re got a particularly playful pooch, then a waterproof cover is definitely a good idea; if the bed gets wet, you won’t need to worry about it.
Think about the shape
How does your Lab like to sleep? If they like to sprawl out, you’ll should look for either a rectangular or a single-bolster bed. These allow for practically any sleeping position, but because they don’t have sides, although they won’t be able to curl up against the side. If your Lab prefers to sleep against a wall or a cushion, perhaps a bed with bolsters on three sides is the one for them. Or maybe they’d like a doughnut-shaped bed, which gives some dogs an extra sense of security.
Choose the right colour
If you like everything just-so in your house, why not choose a dog bed for your Lab that fits in with your colour scheme? Your dog might not notice any difference, but if you can find a shade that matches your sofa or the colour of your walls, and it’s got the right features for your pup, then you’ve got yourself the complete package.
As much as we love our dogs, buying a dog bed is not just for our pets. It’s about buying something you actually want in your home. Dog beds should look so good that you will want to get rid of your sofa, they also don’t want fall apart though when faced with the realities of living with your four-legged family. Shop the full range of designer dog beds here.
By Raised By Humans