Dogs love nothing more than to play, sniff and explore so it’s very important with all of this activity that they also have a comfortable bed in which to rest. It’s important for dogs to get some good quality downtime where they can have a comfortable nap without being disturbed, so here are a few tips about how to make sure that your best friend gets the most benefit from sleep time.
Choosing a Dog Bed
There are lots of different styles of bed to choose from. Dogs do like to sleep in different positions – some like to curl up, others stretch out or lie on their tummies and backs, so the dog bed will need to accommodate all of these sleeping positions. Every dog likes the room to stretch out once in a while. You can even splash out on luxury dog beds, like those sold by the Red Dog Company, if you want to give your best friend the comforts they deserve.
Which Type of Bed Should I Choose?
There are lots of different sizes and shapes of bed – some are round with sides (good for snuggling and curling up against), some are flat like a mattress which are great for lying out flat. Although every dog will have a preference, the best idea is to give them plenty of options to be sure that they are always nice and comfy.
Box type beds not only help to keep dogs cosy but can also protect them from draughts in the winter. These might be a little too warm in the summer months however when a mattress type bed can help your dog to stay cool.
Dog Bed Materials and Keeping Them Clean
When it comes to materials, dog beds need to be padded enough to make them comfortable, but also washable. Water-resistant dog beds are a good idea for when it’s raining or if your dog likes to swim in rivers or at the beach. This will prevent the bed from getting damp and causing discomfort.
The Positioning of a Dog Bed
Dog beds should be placed in a warm area of the home, free from draughts. It’s also a good idea to give your dog a choice – perhaps placing one bed somewhere quiet where they can enjoy a peaceful, undisturbed snooze, and one in a busier area where they can still be a part of the family whilst they relax.
Special Dogs May Need Special Beds
Some dogs have very specific needs which need to be taken into account when choosing their bed.
– As dogs age they may suffer from aches and pains, so can benefit from a memory foam bed which is easy to get in and out. These are also recommended for dogs suffering from problems with their joints.
– Some dogs which are nervous or shy may be more comfortable in an “igloo” bed.
– Somewhere they can hide from the rest of the world if things get a little too much.
– Multiple dog owners must make sure that there is at least one dog bed for each dog. Some dogs enjoy snuggling together so it’s also a good idea to buy a large enough bed for them all to share.
Giving Your Sleeping Dog Some Space
Who likes to be disturbed from a peaceful snooze? Not me, and not you and certainly not your dog. That’s why it’s important that all members of the family know how important it is to let your dog sleep peacefully when in his or her bed. This is not only vital to keep your dog and children happy, it is also very important in keeping them safe.