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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.