The dog bed is not just any dog bed. Since dogs rest, doze or sleep for most of their lives, the type and location of their sleeping place is of great importance. But the huge range of top-designed dog beds can overwhelm every dog owner. It is therefore best if you are always guided by the most important question: “What is a species-appropriate sleeping place for my dog?” The answer to this question and further tips can be read below.
Choose the dog’s sleeping space wisely
Modern dog furniture, which you can find in pet stores, dog shops and online shops, is at least as attractive and diverse as furniture for people. But are they just as good for your four-legged friend? When making your decision, the focus should be on function, appropriate form and equipment tailored to the needs of your special dog. If these important requirements are met, you can of course also adjust the style of the dog bed to your personal taste.
The dog bed “made to measure”
First of all, it is important that you know the special preferences of your four-legged individualist well, for example: does he prefer to lie stretched out on the floor or high and soft? Many large and heavy breeds have exposed joints that should be relieved from a veterinary perspective when lying down. In this case, it is better to choose a dog bed that absorbs your dog’s weight well and at the same time gives him the opportunity to stretch out.
Most dogs like to lie elevated. This gives them security, a good overview and literally puts them higher. However, the dog should be able to reach his sleeping space on his own without any problems, which is particularly important for small breeds. The feeling of security is of great importance for all dogs when it comes to their own sleeping place. Therefore, choose one that guarantees protected lying. This includes raised side edges of the sleeping area, which also enable the dog to bed his head higher.
Dogs, even short-haired breeds, shed more or less depending on the disposition and the season. Of course, the shed hair is most often stuck in the dog bed. You should keep this in mind when you decide to cover the dog bed. For hairy dogs, smooth fabrics are easier to care for than velor or roughened cotton, which acts like a magnet on dog hair and can provide additional breeding ground for fleas and other introduced parasites. A removable cover for the dog bed is ideal.
Short-haired breeds such as whippets with a thin coat look for cozy, warm sleeping places. You can offer them special beds shaped in the shape of one or a large “sock”. Dogs with a long coat and undercoat, on the other hand, prefer smooth surfaces that they do not overheat. Some sleep stretched out, others curl up very small.
The right place for a species-appropriate dog bed
Not only the shape and nature of the sleeping area ensures the wellbeing of the dog, but also the location of the sleeping area. Dogs doze, sleep and rest two thirds of the day – you can see how important it is to assign them an optimal place to sleep.
An optimal dog sleeping place offers the dog a safe retreat, where he is left alone by people, but at the same time does not separate him from family life. Under no circumstances should you lock your four-legged companion in the garage, hallway or other rooms. Puppies need a lot of closeness and still have to establish a bond with you, which is why a puppy sleeping place is always where its people are, preferably at night in the bedroom near your bed.
Some dog breeds cope with you quite well. But here, too, the dog’s sleeping place must be designed so that it optimally protects it against heat, drafts or moisture. In extreme weather such as cold and rain or snow, the dog’s sleeping place should be relocated depending on the special needs of the breed.
Appropriate sleeping places for special needs of the dog
For older dogs in particular, an optimal lying area and rest area is important. The dog sleeping place for the senior should relieve his joints and bones so that the animal can relax. Latex and cold foam mattresses are a good choice here. But there are also water beds for dogs, for example, on which the four-legged friend lies weightlessly. The mattress filled with water should of course be firm to the bite – but not every dog likes the texture under its paws. Therefore, it is best to test all dog beds with your dog first before buying.
Heated blankets or thermal beds with warming floors can be a boon for dogs with acute or chronic muscle and joint pain. They are also ideal as winter sleeping places for dogs with fine hair.
For allergic dogs and those with thin fur, cotton beds or Teflon beds, which are also equipped with an orthopedic foam mattress, are particularly suitable. Dirt and allergy-causing pests find it difficult to hold onto the Teflon coating. Such a dog bed is breathable, very easy to clean and can be used both indoors and outdoors. These dog beds are also suitable for pregnant bitches who need a lot of space and security for themselves and their offspring.
Basic rules for the place of the sleeping place:
- The dog bed is never in the drafts.
- Do not place sleeping places for dogs directly on a heat source (radiator, etc.).
- There is no reason not to offer the dog two different sleeping or resting places: for summer and winter, for day and night.
- The dog is a family member and should be assigned a corresponding place in it.
- The dog’s sleeping place is never placed near the door or in such a way that the dog can see the front door.