What to consider before buying a new dog bed

Dogs are more than just pets. They’re your best friend, and as much a part of the family as your partner or children. And you wouldn’t expect any of your loved ones to sleep on an uncomfortable bed, or one that was too small or had become worn. The same goes for your dog.

You want them to feel happy and at home, so choosing the right bed is an important decision. But how do you know when’s the right time to splash out on a new one? And when you do, what things do you need to look out for to ensure you make the appropriate choice? Read on to find out more.

How often should you change your dog’s bed?

It’s recommended that you change their bed every two yearsor so, even if it’s not showing any obvious signs of wear and tear. Of course, if it’s looking a little bit past its best then you may need to invest in a new one more often than every two years. If left for too long, an old dog bed may not offer the support that your furry friend needs.

Finding the right bed for your dog

Buying a new bed isn’t as simple as just picking out the first one you see for a decent price. There are many different considerations to take into account such as:

• Size: It sounds simple, but any bed you choose needs to be big enough for your dog to be able to relax in any way they choose. That might be curled up or stretched out, so it’s worth remembering how much space they take up from front to rear paws.

• Shape: Round or oval beds are popular, especially for dogs that like to curl into a ball. But there are also box beds with sides that help to keep them warm in winter.

• Material: Waterproof beds are extremely practical if you’re the outdoorsy type who likes to take your pet on your adventures. Cotton, faux leather, and tweed are all common, but the priorities are comfort and easy washing.

• Special requirements: You can get luxury dog beds that cater to dogs with specific needs, such as those with joint problems. 

Encouraging your dog to use their bed

Once you’ve picked out the perfect bed and got it home, you need to persuade your dog to use it. They’re typically creatures of habit, so at first, they may be a little uncertain about a new resting place. But there are a few tricks you can try to get around this issue. For example, you can use your hands or an item of clothing to cover their new bed in your scent, or you can use positive association via treats and petting. This will help to show them that it’s a safe place with positive connotations.

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