Should dogs have beds?
After a long day of sniffing trees and barking at the postman, a dog needs that special place for it regain its strength to do it all again the next day. You might be okay with your dog sleeping on your bed but having a dog bed to themselves is important because it is their space. It’s a place they can go whenever they need some sleep, something they can spend between 12-14 hours a day doing. This is why it’s good to put a bit of thought into the dog beds that you will get them – after all, wouldn’t we want the same?
Do dogs prefer hard or soft beds?
This will depend on the dog, but there are factors and benefits to each that may sway their preference. A soft bed can be better in the cold weather, as it allows the dog to snuggle down into it, while a firmer bed might be preferable for the heat. An older dog might prefer a firmer bed or a memory foam dog bed because they’re easier to get in and out of for their joints, while a dog with less fur might appreciate some extra fluffiness.
What size dog bed should I get?
Don’t be fooled by how tightly they can curl up – a dog needs enough space to stretch out into an all manner of positions. A bed that is too small forces the dog to cramp up, which is not relaxing or good for their muscles and joints. Measure your dog from head to tail and add a few inches on each side to ensure you find a bed that they can relax in.
Where should my dog sleep?
This depends on the size and layout of your home, as the best place for a dog bed may be away from noise so they can relax (although some dogs may prefer to sleep as close to you as possible). But try to avoid rooms that are too drafty, cold, or warm, and wherever the spot you eventually choose is, try to stick to that spot, as dogs are creatures of habit that will be most at ease if they have a set spot to spend the night – changing this spot might disrupt them.