When you welcome a dog into your family, it is important that you have everything that they will need ready before they arrive. This should include food, a collar, feeding bowls, dog toys and a lead. Something else you will need to consider is where your dog is going to sleep. Here are some tips on choosing dog beds:
The first thing to consider is the size of bed you will need for your dog. If you have a puppy rather than a fully grown dog, you might be tempted to just buy a small dog bed. However, it is important to think about the size your dog will eventually be. A dog needs a bed that they can fit comfortably in and you may also want to keep some of their dog toys there too.
Beds come in a range of sizes and larger dogs, such as Great Danes and Wolfhounds, will need a much larger bed than smaller breeds, such as Chihuahuas or Toy Poodles. Something else to think about when you are choosing a size is where the dog bed will be kept. You must consider the size of the area available and decide which shape of bed will best fit into the part of your home that will be for the new arrival.
As with most pet products, there is a wide range of beds to choose from. These typically come in two materials; fabric or plastic. Each has their own pros and cons. Plastic is sturdy and long-lasting. It will withstand the knocks of an enthusiastic pet and won’t scratch easily. Another benefit is that they are easy to wipe clean. However, these are usually too hard for a dog to sleep in without additional bedding so you would need to also buy bedding for the inside of the bed to keep your dog comfortable.
Fabric dog beds are more comfortable for your dog and you will not need to lay out the additional money needed for bedding. Although they can usually be washed in the washing machine, they are not as easy to keep clean and can sometimes retain doggy smells and pet hair. They are also not as sturdy and you are likely to need to replace a fabric bed sooner than a plastic one.
For many people, cost is the deciding factor when it comes to choosing dog beds. There are dog beds available to suit any budget, regardless of whether you trying to be frugal with your purchase or you want your dog to be a pampered pet. Take the time to shop around and see what options are available to you in your price bracket – you’re sure to find the right one for your needs.
One of the most important dog accessories you will need when you welcome a dog into your family is a dog bed. The size, the material and the cost are three of the most important factors to consider when choosing the best product for your new best friend. Thankfully, there are lots of choices available, so you will soon find something that meets the needs of your dog.