4 most important things to consider before choosing a bed.
Your dog deserves a comfortable and supportive bed to sleep on. But with so many different dog beds on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for your furry friend.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you choose the best dog bed for your dog’s size, age, health, and sleeping habits.
Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect dog bed:
1. Consider your dog’s size
The right bed size is important for your dog’s comfort and health. A bed that is too small can be uncomfortable and can lead to joint pain. A bed that is too large can be difficult for your dog to get in and out of and can be a safety hazard.
To choose the right size for your dog, you will need to measure your dog’s length and height.
Measure your dog from the base of their tail to the tip of their nose.
Measure your dog from the ground to the top of their shoulders.
Once you have measured your dog, add 4-6 in (10-15 cm) to each measurement to determine the ideal bed size for your dog.
For example, if your dog is 24 in (60 cm) long and 12 in (30 cm) high, the ideal bed size would be 28-30 in (70-76 cm) long and 16-18 in (40-45 cm) high.
Here are some additional tips for choosing the right size dog bed:
If your dog is in between sizes, choose the larger size.
If your dog likes to curl up, you may want to choose a bed that is slightly smaller than the ideal size.
If your dog likes to stretch out, you may want to choose a bed that is slightly larger than the ideal size.
If you have a multiple-dog household, you may want to choose a bed that is large enough for all of your dogs to sleep on together.
2. Consider your dog’s sleeping position
Curling up in a ball
If your dog likes to curl up in a ball, a round or oval bed with bolsters is the best choice. The bolsters will provide support and comfort for your dog’s head and neck. Look for a bed with a soft, plush interior and a durable exterior.
Sleeping on their side
If your dog likes to sleep on their side, a bed with a medium-firm mattress is the best choice. This will provide support for your dog’s joints and muscles. Look for a bed with a contoured design that follows the natural curves of your dog’s body.
Sleeping on their back
If your dog likes to sleep on their back, a bed with a firm mattress is the best choice. This will help to prevent your dog’s spine from sagging. Look for a bed with a supportive foam core and a removable and washable cover.
If your dog likes to spread out, a rectangular or square bed without bolsters is the best choice. This will give your dog plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Look for a bed with a large surface area and a supportive mattress.
3. Consider the right foam for your dog’s bed
(orthopedic, cooling, for joint issues)
2in1 – Cooling memory and medical-grade orthopedic foam. This dual-layer foam conforms to your furry friend’s unique body shape and weight, providing exceptional ergonomic support and relieving the discomfort of sore muscles and joints.
Microscopic gel beads within the foam maintain a consistently cooler temperature, which also helps relieve pain. The other side is made of solid, medical-grade orthopedic foam, designed to give your pet the comfort they need.
Firmness level: 4/5
PREMIUM COMFORT AIR-FLOW MEMORY FOAM
(cooling, heavier foam, very comfortable and exceptionally soft)
The queen of comfort, this bed is carefully designed to reduce pressure on joints and body parts and provide optimal support for larger or heavier dogs. With its 3D square-cut design, the bed provides optimal airflow and cools the surface by 1-2 degrees, making it suitable for dogs prone to overheating. It even keeps your dog cool and comfortable when traveling.
With its firm but soft design, this bed provides optimal comfort and recovery even for active dogs who need optimal air circulation for quick recovery and post-operative treatment.
Firmness level: 3/5
CHARCOAL MEMORY FOAM
(odor-resistant, breathable, very soft, as a topper or lightweight bed)
Used as a topper or standalone foam bed, our charcoal-infused foam is designed specifically for indoor dogs, ensuring a clean and comfortable sleeping environment for your pet and a clean, odor-free home for you. While it provides slightly less support than our premium air-flow foam, it is a practical choice for pets seeking a more comfortable place to rest and sleep.
The egg crate design promotes breathability and a cooler sleeping surface, making it perfect for those hot summer days.
Firmness level: 2/5
4. Choosing between a firmer or a softer bed:
The choice between a soft and hard dog bed should consider your dog’s age, health, behavior, and preferences. Many pet owners find a balance by providing a soft bed for comfort and a more durable bed for when the dog needs a more resilient surface.
Advantages of Soft Dog Beds:
Comfort: Soft dog beds are typically more comfortable and provide cushioning and support for your dog’s joints and muscles. This is especially beneficial for older dogs or dogs with arthritis.
Warmth: Soft beds tend to retain more warmth, which can be advantageous in colder climates or for dogs that easily get cold.
Versatility: Soft dog beds come in various shapes, sizes, and designs, making it easier to find one that matches your dog’s size and preferences. Due to their soft structure, most are even designed to be portable.
Disadvantages of Soft Dog Beds:
Durability: Soft beds may not be as durable as hard ones, especially if your dog is prone to chewing or digging. They can get damaged more easily.
Harder to get out of: Since the soft material can sink, older and larger pets may have issues getting in and out of their beds.
Advantages of Hard Dog Beds:
Durability: Hard dog beds are generally more resistant to wear and tear, making them a good choice for dogs that like to chew or scratch.
Easy to Clean: They are often easier to clean because they don’t trap dirt, fur, and odors as easily as soft beds.
Suitable for larger breeds: Firmer beds allow for bigger pets to get on and off the bed easier, as the mattress won’t sink as much.
Temperature Regulation: Hard beds tend to stay cooler in warm weather, which can be beneficial for dogs that overheat easily.
Disadvantages of Hard Dog Beds:
Comfort: They may not be as comfortable as soft beds, as the firm surface might not provide adequate cushioning. However, some dogs prefer a harder surface to lie on and would indicate this by lying on the floor.