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Need a Dog Bed But Don't Know Which One To Get? Use These Tips to Decide

Though some pet parents may be unaware, not all dog beds are made the same. Some are made for big dogs, some are made for small pups. Some are even made for dogs with certain ailments or conditions. The variety of dog beds on the market can be overwhelming for a new pet parent. Consider these suggestions on the different types of dog beds out there to help you find the best one for your pooch.

Dogs' sleeping habits
Dogs are like humans - no dog sleeps the same, Best of Dog notes. Some may like to sleep on their side, while others lie on their back with their legs up in the air. New pet parents should study their dogs' sleeping habits. This observation will largely help determine which kind of bed to get for your pup. Pet parents who don't do this will become frustrated when they notice their dog isn't sleeping on the new, potentially expensive bed. Once you figure it out, do a little research. From there, you can choose a bed that he'll definitely snuggle into every night.

Different kinds of sleepers
Here's some common positions dogs sleep in:

  • The curler: Some dogs love to curl up like a cat when they sleep. It may be because they're trying to preserve warmth or because it provides a sense of security. Regardless, beds with borders or bumpers are the right choice for these kinds of dogs. These walls will add an extra level of security and comfort to keep your pup sleeping through the night.
  • The sprawler: Certain dogs love to stretch their legs and really sprawl. Though it may be a real inconvenience on your bed, if you get your dog the right bed, everyone stays happy. Look for rectangle-shaped beds that really give your pup the room he needs to fully stretch out without falling off the bed. Make sure that the bed is larger than him so that he can sprawl out without ending up on the floor.

  • The leaner: Other dogs are fond of leaning their heads on something while they sleep, such as the arm of the sofa. Look for beds that have something similar to a sofa arm, known as a bolster, the Canine Journal advises. These beds give your pup the opportunity he needs to rest his head somewhere while he sleeps, instead of taking up your couch. 
  • The snuggler: You've got a pup who loves to find nooks, even if it's behind your back on the couch. He's fond of wiggling his way to truly snuggle into a spot to stay warm, regardless of whether it's comfortable for you. You need to find a nestling bed, Drs. Foster and Smith states. This is a bed that from far away looks really plush, similar to one big bean bag. When he hops into it, a comfy wall forms around him. Most of these beds also have enough support so he can rest his head comfortably and not sink to the floor if he moves around a lot.
  • The lounger: This pooch lives the lavish life of a lounger. He takes life as a breeze, and usually can be found sleeping on his back with his legs in the air. A ridiculous sight, to say the least. If you're the parent to this kind of pup, you need a bed that fits him well. These beds are also plush, and usually give your pup plenty of room and softness to flop down onto. If you've got a pup who likes to sleep on his back, these beds give him the coziness to wiggle around and the room to stretch out. Lounging beds can be round or rectangular.
  • The old guy: No explanation needed here. Sadly, dogs get old. With it, they may develop aching joints or arthritic hips. The plush beds they enjoyed when they were a pup are too uncomfortable now and will make them pay once morning comes. You've got a pup who immediately seeks a comfortable spot after a long walk that tired him out. Older dogs need extra support, since their bones and joints don't give it to them anymore. These pups love to sleep on their sides, with their legs behind them, to their side or tucked in underneath them. These beds will support him enough to give him the vigilance to get off of the bed in the morning. Though it may seem like a firmer bed to you, he'll love it. Look for beds made of memory foam or of a stiffer material that doesn't lose shape. Though he may not be growing, his body is changing. He'll appreciate a new bed to go with his old body.


There are hundreds of beds out there to choose from, in all sizes, shapes and colors. Each year, more types of beds arrive on the market. Even if you've had a dog before, things may have changed since the last time you went dog bed shopping.

Consider these helpful tips to let you pick the right bed for your dog and keep his slumber as restful as yours. 


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