Our pets are wonderful companions that make our lives more fun and exciting. As part of the family, one way your dog can feel loved is through the comfort of a warm bed. While there are several choices on the market, here are a few key things you should consider when choosing a pet bed:

Comfort

Comfort is the top of mind consideration when selecting a pet bed. Why else would you need one if not to create a cozy corner for your dog? This comfort depends on a variety of things such as the material it’s made of, the cushion, and the size. Make sure it is not made of any material that may cause discomfort to your dog. Look for ones that have a breathable covering and are allergy-free, like this Heels and Boots bed from P.L.A.Y.

 Heels & Boots

Quality and durability

Our pets are very active and never run out of energy. They love to play, run around, lick, scratch, rub, gnaw, and chew, and they always have fun doing these things. Unfortunately, no matter how entertaining, these habits can cause chaos around the house! This is why you need to select a pet bed that’s made of high-quality materials, which are solidly pieced together to ensure years of usage. If you don’t have a sturdy cover, the bed will rip easily, thanks to your dog’s sharp claws! Select a comfortable bed that’s made with thick material to keep your pet cozy and warm for many years.

Style and design

 Style and Design

Let’s face it. The design or style of a pet bed is usually what makes us want to buy it! Can’t blame you though, because some doggie beds are just so irresistible! These dog beds, for example, come not only in different fabrics and prints, but also in various designs and shapes. To determine the best style for your dog, ask yourself what you think is the best match for him or her. Do the sides need to be elevated for a more comfortable rest or will a simple cushion do? Will a pad for your pet’s crate be enough or should you get an actual pet bed?

Size

The comfort your dog gets when resting on his or her pet bed has a lot to do with its size. If your pet loves stretching out, make sure that the bed spans his or her entire body. Thus, when looking for a bed, measure your pet from nose to tail. Pets who like being cradled, especially the small ones, may like round, small beds better.

Perfect amount of filler

Just like humans, our pets get body aches and joint pains as they get older. That’s why we should find the perfect bed to reduce their discomfort. Select a thick foam to provide your old dog the best support that can relieve aches and pains. If you are not sure what feels cozy for your pet, buy a bed cover instead so you can choose your own filler and build the bed according to your preferred density and softness.

Selecting the perfect bed for your pet should not be taken lightly. Put the above considerations into mind to maximize the comfort your dog can get from his or her own personal space.

 

Jennifer Lutz is the home décor expert for www.christmastreemarket.com and the driving force behind home décor projects at http://blog.christmastreemarket.com. She authors a series on home décor for the beginner – Home Décor 101. The most recent article in this series – on painting - can be found at http://blog.christmastreemarket.com/2013/07/how-to-paint-a-room/.

By Lauren Colman on Sep 19, 2013 at 12:00 am 0 Comments
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You've found the design you love! It will fit right into your decor and Fluffy's collar matches perfectly! But wait... what size do you need? Is Fluffy a small or a medium? Or maybe you want to buy it for Fluffy's bulldog best friend, Spike. Does he need a large or an extra large? 

Don't worry! Our office dogs Squish and Corbin are here to help. We asked them to take some time out during their busy day of product testing to compare bed sizes.

Do you have a large dog? Our friend Corbin is a 75-pound black lab. You can see the small and the medium lounge beds are way too small for him. If your large dog likes to feel like he's being given a warm hug while he's in bed then maybe the large is the right size for him. If he likes a little room to stretch out those long legs after a walk you might want to go with the extra large.

What size dog bed do you need?

French Bulldog Squish is a dense 23 pounds. All muscle if you ask him. Here he is trying out all four lounge bed sizes. He fits in the small but prefers a little more leg room so usually opts for the medium. The large and extra large are a bit too big for him to use solo but he enjoys cuddling with Corbin in the extra large.  

What size dog bed do you need?

What size of P.L.A.Y. bed does your dog sleep in? Want to know what size your dog should get? Ask us in the comments below and we would be happy to help you select the right size for your dog!

By Lauren Colman on Sep 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0 Comments
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