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Your dog is like a member of your family, and as such you probably want to provide him with every comfort. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want him snuggling up on your bed at night and covering your quilt with hair. Many owners would rather give dogs their own beds so that they can sleep comfortably nearby.
And here are just a few tips to help you choose the bed that’s going to serve your Fido or Fifi best.
Size and shape Perhaps the main consideration for most pet owners is the size and shape of a
Covering The outer covering of your
Filling When it comes to what’s inside your dog bed you may want to pay attention. Consider what might happen if your dog tears a hole in his bed. He will likely pull out the innards. He could end up eating them (which could be dangerous for your pet), but he will almost certainly spread them all over the house. While you might like the idea of down or bean-like filling, it could end up being a lot messier than, say, foam or batting. And you should also consider what might be most comfortable for your poochy pal. Older dogs may need more padding or warmth, for example. But a dog with a heavy coat will probably prefer a bed that won’t make him hotter.
Location The location of the bed could make a difference in what you decide to purchase. For example, some people allow their pets to sleep indoors while others house them in an outdoor enclosure such as a kennel, a shed, or a converted garage port. If your animal is outdoors much of the time, you might want to choose a bed made from materials that will hold heat, such as down. This could ensure that your animal remains warm at night (at least to some degree). Indoor beds, on the other hand, probably won’t require this feature.
Hazards Let’s be honest: some dog beds seem more decorative than useful. Depending on the personality of your dog, this could pose a problem. If, for example, your dog likes to chew anything and everything, a bed covered in decorative embellishments could lead to digestive issues (if swallowed) or even choking hazards (if inhaled). For this reason you should look for beds made from sturdy and non-toxic materials.