Along with the feeder, the bed is the first product we buy when we adopt a dog. But do we know which one is the most appropriate? What is better, a round or square bed?
A mattress or a padded bed? There are some parameters that you must follow to select the best bed for your dog. Therefore, we will answer these and more questions for you to know how to choose a bed for your dog.
Steps to follow:
The dog’s bed is essential to ensure its integration into the new home, and it is that this will become its den, in its corner in the house. Remember that your dog should not sleep in your bed with you but on his own. This is why the correct choice of your dog’s bed is so important.
The size of your dog is an essential aspect when choosing the best bed for him. Well, a bed shorter than its length will cause discomfort, and one that is too large will not provide the security and warmth that it needs. However, do not look at the size of your dog when it is a puppy. You must consider its adult size; otherwise, you will have to change the bed as it grows.
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When selecting a bed based on its adult size, will go along way. Don’t worry; there is a straightforward solution for your puppy to feel protected, filling the gaps with cushions. This way, you will feel cozy and comfortable.
How your dog sleeps is just as important as its size. Thus, you should pay attention to whether he sleeps curled up or stretched out. When you know it, you will have to measure your dog in the position she adopts to sleep, to choose the bed that best suits her needs. How? Very easy. If he sleeps curled up, measure from the start of the tail to the neck.
While if you do, it stretched you should do it up to the head. In both cases, add 10cm more for each end for greater security. And if your dog does not have a fixed position to sleep, but adopts several during rest, go by the stretched form measures, as it takes up more space than when it is curled up.
For dogs that sleep curled up, it is advisable to acquire a round or square bed and shape a basket, that is, with edges that protect and protect it. While for the cats that adopt a stretched posture, a rectangular mattress is recommended since it will allow you to try as much as you want without the edges’ impediment. However, a rectangular skirted bed isn’t a bad option either, as long as it fits perfectly.
In all cases, it is recommended that the dog’s bed be padded or if the round basket does not have a padding system. It must be as comfortable as possible so that the dog adapts to it and prefers it, always, before our sofa or bed. To do this, touch the padding on the bed before buying it and check its quality. Never provide a bed without any mattress since it will not rest properly.
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There are other beds in the shape of an igloo or hut that are highly recommended for small breed dogs or those with a tendency to get cold or feel unsafe at night. This type of bed is more sheltered than the rest, prevents the draft, provides greater security, and maintains adequate heat inside. They are not usually very padded, so complement it with a comfortable mattress.
If your dog likes to cover up at night to feel more secure, don’t forget to put a blanket on the mattress. Or, you have the option of acquiring a bed that includes a covering system like the one in the image, taking into account the measurements and size of your dog.
Finally, make sure that your dog’s bed is removable to facilitate the cleaning task and maintain proper hygiene. And if you want your dog to sleep outside but you don’t know which kennel to choose, here is an article with the keys you should consider.
- If you have more than one dog, it is recommended that each one has a bed to avoid conflicts between them.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff