Dog beds should be comfortable, especially if your dog was already used to sleeping on furniture prior to your purchase. Beds should be wide enough to support your dog’s size because, even though most dogs sleep in the nose-to-tail position, some dogs might like to stretch out their legs. Dog beds covers should be made of a sturdy, waterproof material to withstand chewing and fluids like urine or vomit. Beds with removable covers are best because many of them are machine-washable, making clean up much easier.
In some cases, you might find that your dog prefers to sleep on your wood or tile flooring. This may be because the floor helps to dissipate body heat by conduction, keeping your dog cool. However, there are lots of dog beds available that can help with this.
One type of bed is the hammock-style or elevated bed. This bed is usually made up of a stretch of thick mesh fabric that is stretched over a low-lying frame. Because air can flow beneath the bed, this can help keep your dog cooler. Hammock beds can also keep pressure off of your dog’s elbows when he goes to lie down. However, these beds can sometimes tip over easily and may not be the most comfortable for dogs with aching joints.
Many of the foam orthopedic beds available for dogs can provide extra comfort for larger, older dogs or dogs with orthopedic injuries. The best foam beds are ones that are gel-cooled so that your dog won’t get too hot while sleeping on them. And because many of these beds are low-lying and flat on the ground, your dog won’t risk tipping over while getting on or off of it.