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Sprawled on the floor of your kitchen, curled up in an unused coat, nestled away in the backseat of your car – at one point or another we have all had our dogs sleep quite comfortably in these places. However, just because your dog can sleep anywhere does not mean that it should. As a pack leader, you should provide a warm and comfortable bed for your dogs, a place where they can retreat to at the end of the day or take a nap in during the day.What are the benefits?
How to choose one
- Cushion – A good bed will provide a comfortable and soft place for your pet to rest his bones and joints. This becomes important as your dog grows older.
- Insulation – A good bed acts as an insulator for your dog during winters and summers by providing a protective layer between the hot ground or cold floor.
- Odor and hair control – Dog beds help keep the house clean by keeping the odor and hair concentrated in a single area. It also discourages the pets from curling up on all the upholstery. Good quality dog beds are also water resistant and are extremely easy to clean.
- Personal space – Much like everyone else, your dog needs a space where he can feel protected, relaxed and safe. By providing a separate bed for your dog, you can make him feel like he is a valuable member of your household.
Now that you know that your dog needs a bed of his own, what are the factors you need to consider before getting a bed for your dog?
- Size – The bed should be big enough to support the body of your dog when he is stretched out. Measure your dog and pick out a bed that is at least six inches wider and longer.
- Ease of cleaning – Choose a water-resistant bed so that it is easy to clean.
- Location – If your dog likes sleeping outside, you must pick a bed that is resistant to fungus, mold, and other environmental hazards if you want to avoid unnecessary health issues.
- Quality – It is important to look for a bed that is made of superior, durable materials. Pay the same care and attention you would if you were to pick a bed for yourself.
It is not just a sales pitch when mattress companies say that you spend a third of your life in your bed. What you sleep on is important and the same is true for your dog too. As a pack leader, it is your responsibility to find a comfortable and safe place for them to sleep and hang out with the family. Fortunately, dog beds are inexpensive and worth every single penny.