You should have a bed for your dog in any space they like to spend time. Putting a good bed in your living space will give them somewhere to lay down other than the couch or floor. You should also have a bed for your dog’s crate once they are done teething. Your German Shepherd will use their bed as a space to relax so it is important to pick one that is very comfortable.
Pick a bed that is the proper size for your dog. Larger dogs need a bed they can sprawl out on and still have good support. If you are picking a bed for your puppy, remember they will grow a substantial amount. Puppies need a good bed to support them as they grow. The bed you get your dog should have enough cushioning to support a heavier dog and be conducive to their sleeping style.
Orthopedic bedding is one of the best options for your dog. It provides the best support and is very durable, they also are known for helping with common health conditions that dogs are known to get as they age such as arthritis.
Large dogs, including German Shepherds, are prone to joint pain and hip dysplasia. Picking a supportive material for their dog bed can make a huge difference in their health. Orthopedic beds will aid with these conditions as well, however, ortho-dog beds tend to be a bit pricier, so if you are not sure that your dog necessarily needs an orthopedic dog bed memory foam dog beds can be your next option to consider.
Remember, your German Shepherd has a very warm, thick coat. Get them a dog bed that will keep them cool in hotter climates. Gel-cooled dog beds are a great option for keeping them comfortable. Many memory foam beds have a gel-cooled section that gives your dog the best of both worlds!