Many of the dog beds available today are high-quality products and ideal for a variety of dog breeds. However, it is your dog’s specific needs that dictate which bed will be the best for him.
In the case of most dogs, comfort is an important factor. One of the great things about dog beds is that a bed can provide a designated rest space for your furry friend, whether it’s for napping or a place to go to when feeling anxious or scared.
Larger breed dogs will benefit from larger beds because many of them contain comfortable cushions and are big enough to support your dog while he rests. Bed type should also be determined by what kind of sleeper your dog might be: is he a “sprawler” and needs a flatbed with no siding or is he a “curler” who needs cushioned edges to feel cradled. Beds that are temperature controlled, i.e. contain gel-cooling materials, can help regulate your dog’s body heat.
Another factor to be considered for bed purchases is durability. Many of today’s dog bed fabrics are made from sturdy materials that are chew-resistant, especially with young mischievous puppies or anxious adults.
The stitching and zippers for these beds are just as durable, and the beds with hidden zippers or Velcro in place of a zipper can prevent fur-snagging while sleeping. If your dog bed manufacturer offers a warranty for these kinds of problems, you can rest assured that you have a sturdy dog bed!
Some of the best dog beds have other properties such as tough, waterproof materials, and anti-bacterial fabrics. Dogs with anxiety who are prone to chewing on the furniture will need sturdy fabrics to cover their beds, and it is best if the cover can be removed for cleaning in your washing machine.
Dogs who drool excessively or suffer from urinary incontinence should have waterproof bedding, and anti-bacterial fabrics can help dogs with allergies.