Nothing is more satisfying for your dog than curling up in bed after a long hard day of work and play. Dogs also need at least 10 hours of sleep each day; otherwise, your dog becomes irritable. Getting enough sleep is just as important to dogs as with humans.

Like us, dogs deserve to have a comfortable place to sleep too. Dog owners who truly love and care for their pets’ needs understand that dog beds aren’t just unnecessary accessories. Dog beds are beyond the fashion and comfort it can give; it provides a feeling of warmth and security, insulation, and support for backs and joints, which will all give a positive effect to your dog’s health.

However, searching for the right dog bed can be a challenge, particularly when you have a big dog. So how can you find the best dog bed for your big fuzzy friend?

  1. Don’t Guess on Size

Never guess on the size of the dog bed. Not all dogs under the same breed have the same size so it is best to measure your pet’s height and length. Make sure your furry pal can spread out and lay on its bed without his limbs hanging off.

  1. Durability

While it is easy to find a cheap dog bed, chances are your big, heavy dog can flatten out its bed in just a short period. So choose a superior quality dog bed especially calibrated for heavy, agile dogs. You don’t want to keep replacing dog beds; apart from the fact that you’ll be wasting so much money, it can take some time for your dog to warm up to its new bed.

  1. Mind Your Dog’s Preferences

Dogs are just like humans: they also have their own idiosyncrasies. Observe your dog’s sleeping styles before you purchase an expensive dog bed. Dog beds vary in shapes and textures to suit your dog’s preferences. If your dog tends to sleep in a ball, consider getting him a bagel bed, or a bolster bed if he likes to raise his head. Big dogs who love to spread out as wide as they can, would love a rectangular bed. Dog beds with nappy textures are perfect for dogs who love to dig, circle, and scratch before they lie.

  1. Specific Needs

Big dogs and senior dogs have specific needs; thus, requiring a special bed. A big dog’s physique can only upset its posture when he lies down on an uneven or cushion-less surface. On the other hand, senior dogs need a firm yet comfortable mattress than can fully support its weight and help alleviate the pain from problems such as arthritis, hip, and elbow dysplasia brought by old age. Most orthopedic dog beds have memory foam that conforms to the sleeping pattern of your dog while providing optimum support and other therapeutic effects.

  1. Style & Earth-Friendly Choices

You don’t necessarily have to match the dog bed with your couch, but if you insist, you can find dog beds with beautiful aesthetics to complement your home décor. Eco-friendly dog beds for big and small dogs are also available if you wish to promote eco-awareness. These types of beds are made of 100% recyclable materials.

 

In choosing the best bed for a big dog, keep in mind that the most important factors are the size, personality, and health issues of your pet. It is always better to invest in an expensive yet durable dog bed instead of cheap beds that need frequent replacement.

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It will be hard to resist picking up a cute little puppy from your local pet store. Most pet owners rush in to close the deal, more often than not. What they don’t understand is a puppy comes with a whole lot of responsibility. Spending major part of your day for your puppy is a real prospect. More like babies, they cry and crave for attention. It will be a hard first day to lock it up in a crate. A newborn or few weeks old is a raw deal. It is not toilet trained, and it doesn’t learn much in puppy mill environment.

Age matters…

Best age for the puppy to be taken home is 12-14 weeks. It is the ideal time to introduce your furry friend into household. Older puppies are least likely to bond well with your family. Puppy that is too small and young, it wouldn’t have experienced adequate social interaction. It will see you as a threat or enemy, which is a recipe for disaster.

Avoid puppy mills…

Don’t do it the run of the mills way while purchasing your puppy. It is your social responsibility to avoid puppy mills. The horrors of puppy mills are hard to forget for the puppy. Puppy mills place puppies in glasses, where numerous people rudely poke at glass and do unwanted stuff. Breeders are the ones who care for the puppy and they happen to be the best place where a prospective owner can get one.

Learn about the mother…

Dogs tend to carry strong imprint from their mothers. If the mother is an aggressive dog, puppy will be one as well. Puppy with a mother, willing to interact is the best choice for dog owners. You need to know about the mother before bringing your furry pet home. To find out its breed, you must know about both parents.

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