The dog’s sleeping place is not only used for nighttime rest, but is also often visited during the day. Scientific studies have shown that dogs can rest or sleep an average of 20 hours a day if given the opportunity.
Dog sleeping place as a retreat
Puppies in particular need constant close contact with their peers or, alternatively, humans in order to feel safe.
Adult animals, on the other hand, seek proximity to their caregivers, but also need a quiet and protected retreat. Therefore, if there are several dogs in the household, a blanket or a basket should also be available to each separately.
An undisturbed sleeping place is also particularly important if children live in the house. It is therefore ideal to have several places to sleep, between which the dog can switch at will. The children should also be taught not to disturb the dog at its retreat.
The right location for the dog bed
Where a dog has a place to sleep is basically at the owner’s discretion. However, the needs of the dog as a social being should also be taken into account. The ideal sleeping place for puppies is a place protected from drafts in the living rooms themselves, for example in the bedroom or in the adjacent hallway. This way the dog can stay close to its owner overnight. Puppies who have to sleep in kennels or anterooms lack the necessary contact with their people.
Adult animals often get along well with an outdoor sleeping place, provided the weather conditions are appropriate for the breed and the dog in question is used to it. Here, too, there must be adequate draft-proof weather protection and a heat-insulating device, both on the floor and on the sides. Regardless of whether it is inside the apartment or outdoors, the choice of location is important. Places such as passageways or in the middle of the room are always unsuitable, as the dog will hardly find rest and relaxation here.
Advantages and disadvantages of different sleeping places
- A classic dog bed is the dog basket in its different variants. The popular dog baskets include, for example, the simple plastic basket and the braided specimen. The big advantages of plastic baskets are the easy cleaning and the robust processing, but mostly they only poorly insulate against the cold. The hard edges must also be well padded, bad and sharp-edged processing should be avoided. In addition, special attention should be paid to the quality and safety of the materials, as especially young dogs (especially when changing teeth) often have a tendency to nibble.
- Braided baskets are preferred by many dog owners because of their attractive appearance. However, the creaking makes them less suitable for use near bedrooms or for noise-sensitive dogs. Braided baskets should also be softly padded and must consist of untreated material.
- Blankets, dog pillows and small mattresses ensure that the dog sleeps softly and comfortably and also insulate against a cold surface if it is sufficiently thick. However, cleaning is particularly difficult for pillows and mattresses, which is why you should pay attention to the washing options and a removable cover when buying. Mattresses are ideal for dogs that do not get along well with a closed sleeping space.
- Cave-like baskets are also offered, which are particularly suitable for small breeds.
The bed and sofa as a berth
Dog owners are always advised against allowing their dog the bed or sofa as a berth. Whether the animal behaves disobediently or warped, however, is basically not due to the sleeping place; rather, consistent education is crucial here. If you let your dog sleep in bed or on the sofa a few times, you can maintain this habit with a clear conscience. However, the dog must learn to leave the place or not to enter when the owner requests it. In addition, the decision on where to sleep is above all a hygienic question that every dog owner has to decide for himself.