Dog Beds: Choosing the Best Nest for your Best Buddy

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As soon as the bed was out of the box my golden retriever jumped in! She loves it and sometimes curls up in a corner and sometimes stretches out. I bought the large size and you could get two goldens in it! Lovely. – Orvis customer snuggles2015

Humans sleep about eight hours a day. It’s no wonder we’re so attentive to our beds. We take great care choosing a supportive mattress and the perfect comforters and pillows to create an inviting place to dive into at the end of a long day.

Dogs sleep between 12 to 14 hours each day and, just like us, they long for a comfy place to rest their weary heads. But among the many types of dog beds out there, which one is right for your pooch?

As with many questions relating to your dog, the answer lies with him.

How does Rex relax? Is he usually stretched out, legs akimbo? Or does he curl up in a snug ball, like a furry armadillo? For dogs that love to stretch, lounger beds often work best. They are comfortably padded, but are flat and free from raised sides that impede full limb extension. Dogs who tend to roll up tight may prefer beds with padded bolsters built-in on three sides or even all the way around. The bolsters give Spot a soft and supportive side to curl up against, as well as a sense of security.

Does your dog have health issues? A comfortable bed is crucial for elderly dogs and dogs with conditions such as hip dysplasia or arthritis. Memory foam dog beds can provide an extra measure of support for painful joints. They also help dogs maintain comfortable body temperatures, which can be an issue for dogs that are aging or sick.

How often does your dog sleep outside? If Fido loves to lounge al fresco, he’ll appreciate a dog bed designed for outdoor naps on the porch or patio.

What’s your dog’s size? The size of the bed should generally match the size of your pooch, with room to spare for shifting position and chasing rabbits in his dreams. If you’re buying for a puppy make sure to estimate his full-grown size before purchasing a bed.

Finally, a question for you:

What’s your style? Dog beds are a significant piece of furniture for your home, so be sure to pick a fabric and design you love while keeping your dog’s needs in mind. Solids, plaids, or southwestern prints? Your choice. Rounded or rectangular? Up to you. Embroidered with Rover’s name? Write on.

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