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Why Your Dog Needs A Dog Bed

Aug 17, 2007
Starting out with a high quality dog bed can help keep your dog fit and healthy. If you get your hound used to sleeping in one spot it's less likely to sleep on the floor or other hard surfaces which can cause arthritis and calluses in later years. He's alos less likely to sleep on your bed, which may be a blessing if he grows to his fill 100lb size! A dog bed allows your pet to have his own space, a place where he can curl up, relax and sleep.

Some Details to Consider for Your Dog Bed

Whey you start out looking for a dog bed you should ask yourself these questions: Does he sprawl and stretch out completely? Does your hound shed or have any other disorder that will cause the bed to need constant cleaning? Does your pooch curl up in a ball? Watching his daily behavior will help you select the correct bed for your dog.

Be sure to measure the entire length of your hound at rest to get an idea of how much space he is using so you can select the correct size.

Dog Bed Features and Varieties

The Indoor/Outdoor Bed is tough, water repellent and can be used inside or out. If your pooch has a shedding or odor problem, make certain the cover of the bed is removable and washable. They come in all kinds of colors and materials, and a number of of them you can toss right in the washing machine (the beds, not the dogs!). So make sure the bed is easy to clean. Some beds are also specifically treated to eliminate mold, fungus, or other outdoor hazards which may affect your dog.

Similar to humans, dogs also experience changes as they age. Their joints can stiffen, or their bones become thinner. Cushions and support should be considered for older dogs, as well as pooches with other joint or bone problems. Orthopedic foam tends to provide additional warmth too so if you live in a warmer climate, your hound may prefer a cooling bed like the Canine Cooler to the traditional orthopedic bed.

A slightly elevated dog bed style with soft polyfill conserves heat and the slightly elevated style protects your pet from floor drafts. If your hound likes his head on a pillow, try a lounge bed or couch. Next on the list of requirements is probably a chew proof bed, especially for puppies that like to chew!

So as you can see there are multiple styles of pooch bed, such as indoor or outdoor, heated or not, travel or car beds and as previously mentioned orthopedic beds for the older hound. Most are stuffed with polyfill, often have cedar chips to repel odors and their covers are removable and machine washable. Picking the right type for your dog will help him get a good nights sleep and be a happy rested dog.

Think of the bed as an investment, a number of high quality beds will last the lifetime of your dog, and so will their benefits! When a dog owner thinks about what products will be needed for their new pet, a high quality dog bed should be well up on the list.
About the Author
Steve Dolan is a dog lover and long time dog owner. For more information about dog beds click Dog Beds and Puppy Beds, and for more about dog health and keeping your dog happy click Dogs and Puppies Online.
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