Modern Dog Beds for Your Four-Legged Family Member
How to Choose one that Works for You
Are you tired of having a dog on the bed? Well, the ironic thing is that your dog might be tired of it, too!
Your dog needs a place to call his own to retreat to and relax when he needs to. And it’s part of good dog training for them to have a bed to return to on command. Otherwise you’re likely to end up with a dog in bed with you which can be a real pain for all sorts of reasons I don’t think we need to name.
But, when it comes to choosing which dog bed to buy, there’s a whole lot more to consider than just the size that’s right for your pooch. Today we take a look at ten of the best types of Modern Dog Beds to help you choose one that suits both you and your pet.
Heated Dog Beds
Just like you do, dogs feel the cold in winter. So, if you live in a cooler climate, you might want to think about treating your dog to a heated dog bed. The best heated dog bed our customers recommend is the K&H Manufacturing Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper. This cleverly designed bed features a 6 watt heater controlled by a thermostat. The heater tucks in under the cushion for safe and easy removal and washing.
It has been strictly tested for your pet’s safety and comes with a one year warranty. It is ideal for small to medium dogs (anything from teacup poodles to beagles) or even cats.
Cooling Dog Bed
By the same token, dogs, particularly the hairier breeds, can become uncomfortably hot through the summer months. If you find your dog is frequently panting or gets a dry nose in summer, we suggest investing in a self-cooling dog bed like this one from The Green Pet Shop.
It’s high tech cooling gel is weight activated and doesn’t require any refrigeration, batteries or electricity, so it’s totally safe for your dog. These cooling pads are suitable for indoor or outdoor use and come in a full range of sizes from small to extra large.
Orthopedic Dog Bed
If your dog’s getting on a bit and suffers from stiff joints or back, veterinarians recommend that you buy your dog an orthopedic dog bed. These are much the same design as orthopedic beds for humans, supporting and balancing your dog’s spine and joints as he sleeps.
This dog bed from E-Luxury is made right here in the USA and is made with high quality gel enhanced memory foam to support the joints and spine. It also features a designer mattress cover that is fully removeable and washable.
Indestructible Dog Bed
If you have a puppy (or a dog that’s a puppy at heart!) that chews everything he can get his teeth into, don’t panic! Chewing is a natural part of dog development and they can be trained out of it. But, in the meantime, if you don’t want to be replacing his bed every week, we suggest buying a chew proof dog bed for your dog.
We love this model from Kuranda Dog Beds, which is a comfortable raised stretcher bed designed with an indestructible PVC Frame.
Washable Dog Bed
Let’s face it, dogs can get smelly! And if your dog is an indoor dog in dog bed that gets a distinct odour at times, then you might want to think about a washable bed. This one from MidWest is great because the outer cover easily zips off the inner pad, allowing you to throw it through the washer and dryer without any hassle.
Fancy Dog Beds
We could not stick to just one product in the ‘fancy dog beds’ category – we were so shocked and enchanted by the range available for pampered pooches. Some of these are far fancier than the average human’s sleeping arrangements. Move over Paris Hilton! Here are three of the best:
Princess Dog Bed
You have to see this one to believe it! It’s a beautifully ornate Victorian four poster – for very pampered pooches only! It really does look like the type of bed that a Disney princess’s dog would have.
Race Car Dog Bed
If you think your dog dreams of driving a ferrari while he’s curled up in bed, or you’d love to have one yourself but the budget just doesn’t stretch to it, this race car dog bed is a must see.
Pretty in Pink Dog Bed
And, finally, if you’re a girly girl with a pampered little chihuahua or teacup poodle, these pink dog beds could be the perfect way to keep her in the style she deserves. It’s really only for tiny dogs (or possibly cats!) but is super cute and snuggly!
Raised Dog Bed
Back to the serious stuff. A raised dog bed can be a really good choice for a number of reasons: it’s easier to clean around and under, it can easily be packed up and travelled with or stored away and it provides good air circulation to cool your dog down. We love the Coolaroo dog bed which is sturdy, comfortable and stylish. It can be used indoors or outdoors and is lightweight and easy to move, yet sturdy enough to hold dogs weighing up to 100 pounds.
Dog Crate Beds
If your dog likes to retreat to his cozy cave dog bed (AKA his crate) when bedtime comes along, you may want to get him a nice comfortable mattress pad to slip inside his crate. This one from American Kennel Club is great for tucking inside a medium to large crate and could also be really good if you want to have a bed with dog bed underneath as it’s thin and compact without sacrificing comfort.
XL Dog Beds
It stands to reason: a big dog needs a big bed. But it can actually be quite tricky to buy extra large dog bed that will accommodate the size (and weight!) of your average Mastiff, Great Dane or Alsatian. We love this raised cot from Hugs Pet Products which can support an extra large dog and has the added benefit of mesh for extra airflow.
And, because it’s not fair to have only one option just because your dog happens to be on the large side, we’ll include one more. This bolster dog bed from Big Barker combines luxury and comfort and would be perfect for a spoilt German Shepherd or Great Dane.
Dog Sofa Bed
If decor is a big focus in your home and you want to keep precious pup off your designer sofa, why not get him his very own luxury sofa bed. Our favorite pick from this season’s range is this stylish little number from Enchanted Home. We love the muted grey and white tones, the tasteful zig-zag pattern and the way it really is just a tiny sofa especially for dogs. The design does also have some practical plusses, too. The raised legs mean that your dog won’t be bothered by drafts and breezes and the back and arms of the sofa envelope those dogs who prefer to be enclosed and protected as they sleep.
Summary: a Dog Deserves his Own Bed
Whatever type of dog bed you choose, whether luxurious or practical, you should definitely invest in one. While they are very social creatures, dogs do need to have a retreat of their own and a dog in a bed all of his own makes for a much happier (and cleaner!) household than a dog who always sleeps on his owner’s bed.