Spoling your dog is more of a duty, than a benefit as a dog owner. To see your loving dog curl up in a really nice bed warms your heart. Here are some tips and advice when it comes to choose a bed for your four-legged love.
THE SLEEPING PATTERN OF A DOG
The dog has a very great need for sleep, studies show that they sleep about 50% of the day, rest around 30% and are active the remaining 20% . Of course, this varies between different breeds, ages and size of the dog.
On average, an adult dog sleeps / rests 12-18 hours per day, while a puppy sleeps significantly more. This is believed to be due to the fact that dogs have very short periods of deep sleep, something that is rooted in their origin from the wolf and the need to be on their guard. That the dog gets his rest is very important. Let it be when it sleeps in its bed, no matter how cute the dog is when sleeping!
HOW TO CHOOSE A DOG BED
Choosing a bed for your dog can be difficult, especially with the large vaiations on the market! Should it match the decor at home? Which color should it be? Should it be round or is a pillow better? Below are some tips to keep in mind when buying a dog bed.
In general, the dog likes to sleep in slightly smaller beds. Study how your dog sleeps, does it sleep curled up, stretched or in some other way? A dog bed should be a little smaller than you think, but with room for the dog’s sleeping position.
Many dogs have their own ritual before laying down, like making their bed. This is a deep-rooted behavior inherited from their ancestors. They do this to ensure that there were no dangers on the ground, such as snakes, and to create a small pit to protect them from the weather and wind. To ensure that the dog can make a bed, or if you want to make the bed extra cozy, you can put a blanket on the bed. The blanket can also be used to protect the sofa from dirty paws and dog hair.
There are different types of beds for your dog. Everything from pillows, bolster beds to small sofas. For dogs that like to sleep stretched out, a pillow is a good choice, while a round / oval bed is suitable for dogs that sleep curled up. Some are happy with a blanket on the floor, here you will find several great options!
MATERIAL AND COLOR
When buying a new bed, you should look at the care label. Choosing a bed that can be washed is our best tip, because your loved one’s bed can easily be kept fresh and clean. The bed should also have a good bottom that provides support and relieves the body while the dog is sleeping.
PLACEMENT OF THE BED
Placing the bed in a quiet and safe place is important. The bed is a place for rest, where the dog can sleep and recover. So even if the dog is absolutely not allowed to sleep in your bed bed (but still does), it needs a place where it can rest during the day. Place the bed somewhere where there is not too much people moving around, but preferably where the dog can still keep an eye on his herd. It is important to keep in mind that if you have several dogs in the home, they should have their own bed, even if they prefer to sleep together. Maybe a bed is also needed for long days in the stable?