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You Need To Buy A Dog Bed

Aug 17, 2007
By observing your pet, you will have a better idea of what product to look for as his daily comfortable resting place. Dog beds today come in all sizes, colors, shapes, materials and to suit any pooch and any decor. If that's not enough you can even have dog beds custom made. The bed will give your pet somewhere to feel secure and safe.

How Do you choose the Right Dog Bed?

Watch your dogs behavior. Does he like to stay warm under the blankets? Does he avoid the bed because he needs to cool off? Does he sprawl and stretch out completely? Answering these questions will help you choose the right bed for your dog.

You should also consider the size of your room and size of the bed needed for the comfort of your dog. If he's relaxed and fully stretched out, measure his length and add about five inches to get the best fit.

A good canine bed provides protection and a cozy warm place to sleep for a hound that spends most of his time outside. Beds with sides are great for dogs that like to hang their head over the edge. Cushions and support should be considered for older dogs, as well as pooches with other joint or bone problems.

Dog Bed Features and Benefits

Picking the right dog bed will help with allergies and also expidite cleaning up. It provides you with a single spot where the majority of your dogs shedding and/or dander is contained. Choose a style with a machine washable cover that can easily be thrown in the washing machine when dirty or soiled to 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 pooch.

Most are stuffed with polyfill, often have cedar chips to repel odors and their covers are removable and machine washable. Make sure the sides aren't too high or there is a lower opening so that your hound won't have to jump to get in and out.

There are any number of styles of dog bed, such as indoor or outdoor, heated or not, travel or car beds and orthopedic beds for the older canine. Select one that fits your dog's needs and lifestyle. As your dog gets older you'll need to consider his needs. Just imagine Grandma climbing into a waterbed with a two-foot frame? Or better yet, imagine her trying to get out! There is a wide selection of dog beds available for the older dog.

At the other end of the scale you might need to consider a a chew proof bed, especially for puppies! Providing your pooch with a high quality bed of his own does far more for for your pet than you'd expect. Make sure it fits and suits your dog and he will be a happy pet for years to come.
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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