You bring your cute, fun loving puppy home for the first time so of course you want your dog to sleep with you. After all he’s furry warm and snuggly.
But in all honesty this is not the best thing to do for you or your dog. You really need a dog bed and to establish the correct behavior at the outset.
Sure it’s fine now but when your dog grows to it’s full size at 100 lb, will it be such fun? If you adopted a dog from the pound it may actually prefer it’s own place. Your dog may want somewhere to feel secure and safe.
There are medical reasons too. If you get your dog used to sleeping in one spot he’s less likely to sleep on the floor or another hard surface which can cause arthritis and calluses in later years. Starting out correctly can help keep your dog fit and healthy. They even make orthopedic dog beds now to help address this very issue!!
Now that we have established that a dog bed is essential, what type do you get? It depends on your dog and his preferences. Make sure the bed is big enough for your dog. Even if it’s a perfect fit for your house and matched the decor, its really important that your dog can lay down in the bed. If not then the dog bed will never be used.
Next on the list of requirements is probably a chew proof bed, especially for puppies. There are multiple styles of dog bed, such as indoor or outdoor, heated or not, travel or car beds and as previously mentioned orthopedic beds for the older dog. Select one that fits your dogs needs and lifestyle.
Some things to consider are that the bed is totally machine washable. Both your dog and the bed are going to get dirty so you’ll be washing both regularly – though not at the same time! Fleas are a major consideration too and cedar shavings can help stop them becoming permanent residents.
Take a little time and put in a little effort into selecting the ideal dog bed and both you and your dog will get a great nights sleep and wake up refreshed and ready for the new day!