We can all agree that a good bed makes all the difference in the world for a good night’s rest. Improper support can lead to all kinds of aches and pains. The same is true for your dog. Although they may be content to lay on a hard tile floor on a hot day to cool down, they need more support on a regular basis. 

Just like we have many types of beds to choose from, there are multiple options for your dog as well. From supportive orthopedic to the more plush and comfy lounger. With so many selections, how do you know which one is the right one for your dog? 

Are beds really that important to my dog?

Your dog is part of your family and you want them to be comfortable and have their own spot in the home. Choosing a bed that is a good fit for them and provides the support they need is important, especially as your dog ages. Dogs are territorial (just watch them when the mailman comes by each day), so they love to have an area that is just theirs. A bed fulfills that need for them. It’s a place just for them, it has their scent, and it is a place they can go when they need a little me time, away from their pack. They also serve as a place for them to go to when they feel anxious or insecure, like during a storm, the 4th of July, etc. 

So, how do I choose which bed is the right one? 

First, consider your dog’s sleep style. If they always sleep curled up in a ball, then you may want to consider a lounger, a cuddler or a bolster.  These will usually round, have raised sides and are made of plush materials to really lock in the cuddle factor. However, if your dog likes to spread out and take up half the couch (or your bed) look into the orthopedic or pillow beds because they are more supportive and will help with joint pain. These will be bigger beds that lay flat and will have foam egg crate or other materials that offer better insulation and padding from the ground. 

Local and online retailers will have plenty of options for you to choose from. If your dog has hip, joint or arthritis issues, ask your veterinarian for suggestions during your dog’s annual wellness exam. Though the price is always a factor in any purchase, selecting a quality bed for your dog will help to provide them a safe, comfortable space to enjoy a restful snooze.