Which dog bed is best for your dog?

Almost half of Australian pet owners sleep with their pets [1]. But even if you fall into this group, as I do, it’s still important to have a dog bed where your pupper can get some quiet downtime and snooze undisturbed during the day. Finding the perfect bed for your dog can be challenging given all the options out there. So here are the questions and answers that will help you find the ideal dog bed best suited to your dog’s needs.

What size bed should I get?

If you watch your dog sleep, you’ll notice that they’ll often change positions. For example, they may curl up, stretch out, lie on their backs or even assume the Superman position by lying on their belly with their legs stretched out. The bed you choose should be big enough for them to do all of these things.

The best way to ensure you’re getting the correct sized dog bed is to measure your dog. First, measure your doggo from the tip of their nose to their tail. That’s how long the bed should be. Then measure from shoulder to shoulder at the broadest point, which will be the minimum width the bed should be. Then finally, add 30 centimetres to both of those final numbers. Now you can use those measurements as a guideline when looking at beds. If you find your dog is an in-between size on your chosen bed, it’s best to go a size up rather than down.

What type of dog bed is best?

Dog beds come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. First, there are round beds that are snuggly and perfect for curling up. (As it’s winter right now, our brand ambassador, Angus, is obsessed with his Snooza Soothing and Calming Cuddler bed. If you’re looking for a contemporary designed cuddler, then we’re loving the Nosey Dog Spot Round Cuddler Dog Bed.) There are also mattress or futon beds perfect for lying flat and even cave style beds for nervous pups who like a cozy hideaway. Lounge beds are another great solution as protection against drafts and provide a comfy resting place for your fur baby’s head.

What material should my dog bed be made of?

Dog beds should offer adequate padding and be made from a soft, comfy material. You’ll also want to make sure they are easy to clean or machine washable. You can even look for eco-friendly brands like P.L.A.Y, which uses PlanetFill filler, made from 100% post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles.

Another consideration is durability. If you have an avid chewer in the home, then P.L.A.Y.’s Moroccan Lounge Bed made from 100% natural cotton canvas and a lead-free zipper to keep chewers safe from toxins may be a good option. 

Where is the best place to put my dog bed?

Lastly, it’s also worth considering where you’re going to place your new dog bed. You’ll want to find a spot that’s warm and draught-free and give them sleeping area options. One pick should be in a place that’s in a quiet part of the house where they can sleep uninterrupted. The other spot should be where they can hang with the family while relaxing or napping. You could move the bed between the two locations or consider having two dog beds, which may be more practical if your dog likes to snuggle up with their collection of favourite toys.

Feel free to reach out to us with any of your dog bed questions, we’d be happy to help your pooch get the perfect day/night rest.

[1] Animal Medicines Australia (2019) Pet Ownership in Australia 2019