If you do not want your dog making themselves at home on the couch or on your bed you need to get them one of their own. Here is a rundown of the types of dog beds available and there are a lot out there for all dog types. You should know how your dog sleeps, breed, general size (small, medium, large, extra large) and weight before you shop. There are lots to choose from in colors, patterns and materials for all types of dogs.
Basic Dog Bed
The basic dog bed is built like a pillow without any raised sides or bolsters. They are constructed as an outside cover with some sort of filling for padding. The covers are usually removable for washing and many of the inserts have zippers to replace padding materials if needed. The cover all shapes sizes and are usually made of a durable material such as canvas, fleece or flannel and some are made into waterproof dog beds. The basic dog bed is fine for younger dogs without any joint or arthritic problems. These make excellent day beds in other parts of the house that your dog may spend time in other than where they sleep.
Nest Dog Bed
The nest dog bed is constructed similarly to the basic dog bed with the addition of sides around all or most of the bed. The sides allow your dog to lean or curl up. This is where knowing how your dog sleeps will help you determine what type of dog bed to buy. The nest is great for dogs that like to curl up to sleep but a large dog that sleeps stretched out or on their back would not be comfortable in this type of dog bed and would likely not use it.
Doughnut Dog Bed
A plush cousin to the nest is the doughnut dog bed which is constructed like a giant pillow with soft bolsters around the outside. They are usually oval or round and tend to be the softest of the dog beds. Just like the bean bag chairs of the seventies they may be hard to get out of due to the give of the padding. Comfortable, yes, but an older dog or one with arthritic problems would find this bed less than comfortable if not impossible to get out of.
Orthopedic Dog Bed
The orthopedic dog bed is built with extra support especially designed for older dogs or dogs with joint or arthritis. They are mostly square or rectangle and the filling is dense, thick foam padding that is human grade. The stiffness of the bed gives support to joints. All dogs find these beds comfortable. Note the weight of the dog will compress the foam, eventually causing impressions. You would be wise to research the padding prior to purchase to see how long the bed will last you. Some are just one piece foam while others are composites of different types of foam with stiffer in the core and softer on the outside. The better the foam the more you will expect to pay. The covers are comfortable materials in a variety of colors and washable.
Memory Foam Dog Bed
A new variation of the orthopedic dog bed is the dog bed with a memory foam insert. The memory foam is the same material offered to human similar to the Tempur-Pedic line but not as high a quality nor as expensive. These beds supply great support and do not wear as fast as the regular foam, orthopedic dog beds. Expect to pay a little more for these but not too much more. Again the cost will depend on the quality of the foam insert so research is essential. If it is top quality material you could pay up to 500 to 600 for a large breed. These are true memory foam inserts that will last a very long time.
Heated Dog Beds
For winter time and adding warmth to soothe those aching doggy bones there are heated dog beds. They are constructed similar to electric blankets or have a heating pad type device inside. The heating pad is similar to those used by humans and will have safety features that protect your dog and house. The heat along with some orthopedic features can give an arthritic dog some great comfort.
Cooling Dog Bed
For the summer time a great addition for your cool dog is a cooling dog bed. In order to cool dogs they have to transfer heat out of their bodies through skin and breath. They do not perspire like humans to cool down. Beds that fill with water help transfer the heat from the dog to the bed itself. These work well and your dog will love it. We have used one of these in the summer for several years. In addition to water filled dog beds there are elevated dog beds that have a mesh breathable material for summer and can be used as an outdoor dog bed.
Kennel or Crate Dog Bed
Square or rectangle pads which are usually all or partially moisture proof. These beds are made to fit inside of a dog crate. If you crate your dog a kennel pad is an essential addition for your pal.
Raised Dog Bed
Some beds come designed similar to a regular human bed but in a size for your pup. Most of these beds are custom made and can get very expensive. The pros for one of these raised beds is they look great and if you have a good looking house you probably want to have Fido looking good too. Advantages are the dog is off the cold, dusty floor and insects have a harder time getting into these beds. The disadvantages would come from an older dog that may have trouble getting in and out of these bed frames.
You can get a little crazy with the custom dog furniture if you like and can spend of upwards to a couple of grand for some beds. Dog couches are exactly what they sound like. They are designed to look and function like a human couch but lower to the ground and fit for a dog.
Covered Dog Bed
These are plush, soft indoor doggy houses mainly for toy and miniature breeds. They provide a nice, comfortable place for a small dog to relax and get away from the rat race.
Travel Dog Bed
If you like to camp, hike and travel with your buddy you can get a travel dog bed for them. These are light weight and roll-up to be compact. These beds are perfect for a weekend getaway.
Making the right choice on a bed or beds for your dog will bring lots of comfort to your buddy. Do your research since there is a model made for all type of dogs and you will provide a nice place for your pal to rest from a long hard day of play.