Choosing The Best Dog Bed For Your Dog
Choosing the right bed for your dog may sound like a simple task but it’s more complicated than one may think. If you’ve ever had the experience of choosing a cute new dog bed only to discover your dog will lie anywhere but there, you know what we’re talking about. Dogs, like us, are all different and have unique preferences when it comes to their beds. And if you consider the fact that the average dog sleeps 14 hours a day (for puppies and large breeds, this number could be more like 17 or 18 hours a day!), you’ll want to make sure your pup has the perfect-for-her spot to snooze. Here are our top picks in six categories.
Of course your dog deserves an ultra-comfy, ultra-stylish bed—but what if that bed was also eco-friendly? That’s a big win in our books. P.L.A.Y.’s fashionably unique and durable dog beds (From $85) are designed to fit any stylish home AND are environmentally responsible. Their beds’ 100% natural cotton exterior is filled with polyfiber stuffing made from recycled plastic bottles. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Plus, with removable, machine washable and dryer-friendly covers, keeping them clean is a breeze (which also means they’ll last a lot longer). P.L.A.Y. has even been Gold Certified by Green America’s Green Business Certification program for their company's environmental efforts!
Don’t forget the little guy! For our smaller four-legged friends we recommend the Cocoon Bed From Kruuse (from $40). Its low profile makes it easy for smaller breeds to get in and out of, but the bolstered sides still offer plenty of comfort and support. This luxurious bed is made with anti-rip material, is easy to clean, and completely washable, making it a perfect pick for smaller pups!
Do you frequently find your big dog hanging off the edge of his bed? For big dogs that like to stretch out (i.e. all of them), we recommend the Mix & Match Memory Foam Bed from Be One Breed. Their newest bed offers multiple waterproof cover options, ensuring the perfect match for your home décor. It's spacious enough for your Great Dane, though long and short-limbed pooches alike will dig this style-conscious and comfortable bed! From $41, beonebreed.com
While we love our dogs to the moon and back, dog-smell isn’t our favourite scent. For a bed that offers your dog the comfiest place to lay his head while also resisting eau de dog (that’s French for dog odour), we recommend the Dog Gone Smart Repelz-It Rectangular Bed (from $79). Repelz-It uses both nanotechnology and a state-of-the art bacteriostatic to keep stains, dirt, liquid, bacteria, and pet odours from clinging to the fabric even after much use! And believe us, with its high density, AAA-grade, siliconized polyfill that maintains a high loft and eliminates fill bunching, your dog will be spending a lot of time atop this odour-resistant bed!
Older dogs and those with joint pain or arthritis need an extra supportive bed to cushion sore joints and prevent aches and pains. Our choice: the Crown Supreme Memory Foam dog bed from Buddyrest. Its high-density foam base retains a sturdy shape and is topped with a cooling, pressure-relieving foam layer that provides ultimate comfort. A low profile means it’s easy to get in and out of, and the bolsters provide a sense of security and a comfortable place for your dog to rest his head. No worries if your older dog has bladder problems—the bed is waterproof, odour resistant, and easy to clean. $330, buddyrest.com
Some dogs, especially little ones, feel most comfortable when enveloped. For them we recommend the Buttercup Bed from Bowsers (from $55). This versatile bed is totally clever: by adjusting the toggle tightness the bed can instantly be transformed into a flat bed for lounging, then just as quickly back into a secure, buttercup shape for your little snuggler!