Should Your Dog Have Its Own Bed?
It is quite normal to want your cute puppy to sleep with you when you first bring him home. Nothing like a tiny ball of fur to cuddle with. But, cuteness apart, letting your dog sleep with you is not beneficial to either of you. You really need a dog bed and to establish the correct behavior at the outset.
While you might enjoy it in the beginning, you might change your mind when your dog is fully grown and 100 lbs. Especially if the dog was adopted from the pound, it might prefer having its own space. Your dog might actually prefer to have a place it can think of as its own, which feels safe to it.
You should also consider medical reasons. 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.
If you agree that your dog should have its own bed, what kind should you buy? Much of that decision should be based on your dog and its preferences. Make sure the bed is big enough for your dog. No matter how much it matches your home decor, the bed should be one your dog is willing to lay down on. If not then the dog bed will never be used.
It’s also important for the bed to be chew proof, especially for puppies. There are multiple styles of dog beds such as indoor or outdoor, heated or not, travel or car beds and as previously mentioned orthopedic beds for the older dog. Your dog and your lifestyle will dictate the type of bed you should choose.
The bed should be machine washable. Both your dog and the bed are going to get dirty so you’ll be washing both regularly. Since fleas can be a problem, you should consider cedar shavings.
Take a little time and effort 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!
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