Choosing a bed for our canine friends is an important ritual for every dog owner. Just as we spend hours and hours in IKEA, only to go back to the first choice after many long arguments, dogs can be equally as fickle. For those new to the minefield of dog furniture, it can seem a little overwhelming. Below is a crash course in the many different types of beds that are available. There is a chance that it will be completely irrelevant as they will sleep on your spot on the sofa and refuse to move.
Cushion Dog Beds
Cushions are the typical dog bed with a cushion or pillow covered in a soft fabric, usually a fleece. For some dogs this is sufficient and they require no more pampering. For others, it may be combined with a duvet, pillow or sometimes both. These beds are incredibly easy to purchase, often have removable, washable covers and come in a multitude of designs and colours.
Orthopaedic Dog Beds
In the same way that humans of a certain age need an orthopaedic mattress, so do dogs. Dogs are the same as us – they get old, injured, aching joints and need that extra bit of support. There are many different types and sizes available, so it should be easy enough to find one that is the right shape and size for your friend to curl up in.
Waterproof Dog Beds
Many dogs love the water and end up filthy and soaking wet afterwards, especially Labradors! A waterproof bed means you can stop stressing about the muddy paws on your sofa or carpet; they can go straight on their bed and settle down for their post-workout nap. These beds come in a range of shapes and sizes so even the fussiest of dogs should be able to find one. Waterproof beds could easily be renamed ‘Labrador Beds’ as they are perfectly designed for their water and mud loving habits. Some beds come with washable covers in various designs.
Elevated Dog Beds
Elevated pet beds are ideal for those dogs who have a touch of arthritis which is made worse by the cold, or those who seem to endlessly attract dirt. Some Labs like sleeping slightly off the ground, and it keeps them out the way of any drafts. Being that bit higher also allows air to circulate, making it that bit more hygienic. However, if your pooch has problems jumping up you may want to look at another type of bed. As you would expect, elevated beds require them to jump on and off the bed each time, which may do more harm than good to some.
Nest beds, also known as bolster beds, are ideal for Labradors who like to curl up in a tight ball. They are not so suitable for those who like to adopt the starfish position when sleeping (we’re all familiar with this!). These beds can come in a variety of finishes and designs, so you’re sure to find one that matches the wallpaper 😉
Dog Crate Mattresses
Some dogs will sleep in a crate or use one for training purposes, whilst others just like to be chauffeur driven around everywhere. Either way, there is a range of beds specifically designed to either go in a crate or a car ready for the next adventure. These beds enable the dog to still have the safe, sheltered place they crave, whilst being transported to their next exciting visit. For the humans, they are often light and easily transported and can come with washable covers.
The final, and probably the most important bed for a dog, is the human bed or sofa. There may be the most comfy and orthopaedic bed ready for him downstairs, but sometimes, that just doesn’t compare to the bed upstairs with you in it ☺