Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dog Bed Selection

Does your dog sleep in bed with you?

If no, then how do you choose the right bed for your dog?

Buying the right doggie bed requires a little forethought and a lot of consideration for your dog – but it does not necessarily require a lot of money.

Buying the right kind of bed and maintaining it properly can go a long way to your dog's happiness, and maybe even your own. If he has a comfy place to drop, he may be less likely to curl up on the couch or your own bed. Letting your dog sleep with you is generally a bad idea, and can lead to dominance problems says experts.

In shopping for a bed, consider that it should:

Provide comfort
Conserve body heat
Protect bony prominences
Be easy to clean
Resist moisture

The bed should combine softness with durability, and should not contain or attract dust or poisonous substances. It should also be springy, not compacted, after repeated use. You will find it easier to buy a bed that comes with a removable cover, which you can throw in the washing machine.

There are several types you can choose from:

1. Slumber beds. Some are lined with fur, and a few come with hoods.

2. Bean beds. Covered with a soft fabric, bean beds contain a type of material that holds to your dog's shape as he changes position. Some are filled with cedar or other moisture-resistant materials.

3. Cushion beds. Soft fabric cover (sheepskin-texture is very common) over plastic-enclosed foam provides good support for the slumbering dog. The plastic keeps moisture from getting into and ruining the foam mattress.

4. Donut or nesting bed. This is a type of cushion bed that contours around your pet to let him nestle in the center.

Pleasant dreams!

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