The breed of your dog is not only important to take into account when shopping for the ideal dog bed because different breeds obviously grow to be different sized dogs. Smaller breeds of dog also tend to be far more sensitive to cooler temperatures. Hence, the smaller the breed of your dog, the more you will need to take into account warmth and cosiness when buying a dog bed.
For this reason, the best type of dog bed when buying for a smaller breed is almost always a nest type bed. If you aren’t sure what these look like, you can view a range of different nest style dog beds via Pet Luxury, the UK's leading manufacturers of luxury dog beds to familiarise yourself with the style, and as well the price you can expect to pay, to prevent otherwise being ripped off on the high street or your local pet store.
2. Medium to Large Breeds
larger dogs often end up having to make do with a basket, high sided bed or dog nest that, whilst they might fit into them, do not provide adequate space in which to stretch and move about. To prevent your dog from having to do exactly that, consider a simple oblong cushion shaped bed for a medium to large sized dog.
A side-less cushion will allow a medium to large sized breed to stretch and prevent them from potentially overheating in hot weather. Further, opt for a memory foam version and it will also provide the maximum level of support and comfort and keep them warm in winter, as memory foam absorbs and retains heat.
Meanwhile, for more information on buying dog beds by size, visit the Pets at Home website, where you can view their Dog Bed Size Guide.
3. Hairless vs. Hairy Breeds
Hairless breeds and breeds of dog with particularly close coats or short fur are doubly at danger of suffering from being cold in bed. The lack of activity whilst resting, fact that heart rate drops whilst a dog sleeps and not exactly tropical climate enjoyed here in the UK can, consequently, make it hard for hairless dogs to keep warm whilst sleeping. This can, in extreme cases, prevent a dog from getting or being able to stay asleep.
Whilst nest beds are good for keeping smaller breeds warm, for hairless varieties the open top design often results in too much heat loss. Hence, a cosy cave type pet bed for these breeds is the best due to the cold.
Meanwhile, hairy breeds suffer the opposite problem and can all too easily get too hot, even in the UK. This is especially true in summer when Britain often experiences sudden heat waves that can see temperatures climb from 20 degrees Celsius to over thirty in a day or less.
Therefore, if you have a long haired or particularly hairy dog, pay close attention to whether they might be suffering from the heat, and to remedy this consider investing in a Coolaroo Elevated dog bed and which will save your long haired pooch from the very real dangers associated with overheating.
4. Letting Your Dog Join You in Bed
Curling up with our beloved pooches can be really comforting and rewarding. At best it provides a soothing and relaxing experience for both owner and pooch. At worst, meanwhile, a dog that lacks training or has been indulged, can consequently turn every night into a nightmare – when it is time for them to retire to their own bed.
Hence, to prevent the night time routine from descending into chaos (whilst still enjoying cuddles), it is consequently important to first establish a routine and get your dog well trained before inviting them into bed with you.
A routine involves providing a dog with their own separate bed and territory as well as enforcing boundaries, as explained by famous TV personality and world class dog trainer, Cesar Millan.
5. Crates and Cages
If you use a crate or cage as a punishment, or have, don’t expect a dog to gladly trundle off into one come bedtime. Rather, decide whether a dog crate or cage is to be used as a place of punishment or place of peace and stick with it. After all, if you are confused about the function of a crate or cage, you better believe your dog will be.
Further, because like humans, dogs build associations that can last a life time, a dog which was rescued from a pound or animal care centre might already have these associations, which you will need to discover and take into account.