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Are Dog Beds Useful or a Waste of Money?

Aug 17, 2007
If you adopted a dog from the pound he may actually prefer his own place. his dpg bed will give your pet somewhere to feel secure and safe. Now that we have established that a canine bed is essential, what type and style do you get? How do you know if it will fit?

What to Consider when buying Dog Bed.

Have you ever considered you hound's specific needs for comfortable rest? Does he sprawl and stretch out completely? Does your pooch shed or have any other disorder that will cause the bed to need constant cleaning?

Some Of The Benefits

The type of dog bed you choose depends on your pooch and its preferences. A good hound bed provides protection and a cozy warm place to sleep for a hound that spends most of his time outside. The Indoor/Outdoor Bed is tough, water repellent and can be used inside or out.

For older dogs, or dogs with problems, thick orthopedic mattresses filled with medical-grade foam or even a boxspring are ideal. Some even come heated but if not you can buy a heating pad. Some pads are warmed in the microwave and some plug in. The type you choose will depend on where the bed will go and how long the pad needs to stay heated.

If your hound has a shedding or odor problem, make certain the cover of the bed is removable and washable.

Some Other Points To Consider

Dogs don't like to feel exposed especially when they're trying to sleep. A good choice is a bolster bed with its high back. This gives your pet a safe, cozy haven as well as a place for a nice pillow to rest their heads. It also prevents drafts and can protect your walls from damage while your pet sleeps. A dog that sleeps in a tight curled up position might prefer a round bed with sides.

Make sure the bed is big enough for your pooch.If you cannot measure your hound when he is laying down, you can also measure from the base of the neck to the base of the tail and then add 5 inches.

Senior dogs over the age of 10 are similar to a seventy-year-old person. Can you imagine your grandfather curled up on the floor for the evening? It's also tougher for your senior dog as they spend a good portion of the day at rest. Firm, orthopedic foam is egg-shell shaped to evenly distribute weight and provide extra comfort. Even if it's a perfect fit for your house it's really important that your hound can lay down in the bed.

If your canine likes his head on a pillow, try a lounge bed or couch. There is also a wide variety of cute novelty beds available for the discerning canine. You can find leopard-spotted faux-fur pillows, glamorous slipper-shaped cushions and even a "Furrari" for the sporty hound.
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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