What bed should I get?
When it comes to dog beds, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ — Irish wolf hounds and toy poodles have different needs, as do puppies and old-timers. So, for this article, let’s focus on puppies!
To find the best bed for your puppy, you will need basic information like your pup’s current weight and length, along with an estimate of their adult size if possible. If you happen to have met the puppy’s parents, then note the size of them for future reference. Next you need to decide if you are buying a bed for them in their puppy to young adult size or if you are going to buy a bed that they will grow into. It is important to provide a safe, secure and comfortable sleeping area for your new dog, and this can be done in a larger bed than they need by adding some blankets to fill in the space as they grow.
Comfort is Essential
Just as when you choose a mattress for yourself, you’ll want to consider what makes your pup most comfortable. Especially when you consider how much time they spend sleeping, that can be up as much as 80% of the day when they are young; What a life!
As it can be quite confusing when first selecting a puppy’s bed, especially since you don’t know them or their sleeping style well yet, you can be pretty comfortable in assuming that they will want to cuddle, and a bed that allows them to snuggle into it is usually the best choice. Even as adults most dogs prefer to sleep indoors and preferably in the same room as their owners, but especially as puppies think pack mentality, as they have been used to being with their mother and litter, and are social animals that don’t like to be alone.
We recommend our soft walled box beds as the ideal option for a puppy’s first bed, as it will have the correct orthopaedic support combined with a cosy and protected bolstered sleep area which will allow them to settled down, snuggle in and get that much needed sleep. The next best option would be a sofa bed with orthopaedic blended memory foam particle fill to still provide the three-sided support and comfortable base, but a bit more room to sprawl out on their side or back. We wouldn’t recommend a mattress style bed as the optimum for a young pup until you know their sleep style better, as it doesn’t have that bolster side support that they need to truly get settled in for a deep sleep.
Remember that with puppies comes chewing and the occasional training ‘messes’, so be sure to buy a bed that is going to be durable and has a washable and/or replacement cover to get you through those laundry days with ease!If you are not sure and would like some more advice, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll happily help out the best we can.