What Are The Best Dog Beds For Puppies?
Getting a new puppy means getting all the supplies that come with it – like the collar, lead, bowls, toys, and (of course) a dog bed. But what exactly does your little pooch need? What’s best for them? And what features should you be looking for? In this handy guide, we’ll talk you through the things you need to know when buying a bed for the new addition to your household.
Why does my puppy need a bed?
When you welcome your pup into your home, they need to feel comfortable, safe and happy. It’s easy for them to feel lonely in a strange, new place. But getting the right bed can make a big difference to them and how they settle in.
It isn’t just about giving them a comfortable, supportive place to sleep. Their dog bed can provide the sense of warmth they felt when they were with their mother and their siblings, giving them a real sense of comfort and sensibility.
But can’t they just sleep with me?
While it's tempting to let your puppy share your bed, it's better to give them their personal space from an early age. If they grow up without it, they can become too fused to you and lack of independence.
While we all want to feel as close as possible to our pets, it's important to make sure they develop their sense of self – and make sure they don't become overly needy. Giving them their own bed gives them valuable time of their own.
Okay, so what features should I look for in a dog bed?
First, you’ll need to ask whether your puppy’s breed has any special requirements. If your pup is short-haired or hairless, you'll need to make sure their bed has excellent insulation. But if you have a long-haired or double-coated pooch, then you'll need to make sure they have a bed that helps keep them cool.
Here are a few features you could look out for.
- Memory foam
Memory foam gives your pooch brilliant comfort and support. This is because it moulds to the specific shape of their body – which also helps them feel safe.
It’s worth keeping in mind that this type of dog bed holds more heat than some others, so it's an excellent solution for short-haired or hairless breeds. The high levels of support are ideal for breeds with a history of joint trouble (such as Labradors). Having a supportive place to sleep early on in life can help prevent any pain from developing as they get older.
- Washable covers
There's no escaping it; new puppies can cause a lot of mess. But you can make your life a little easier by choosing a dog bed with removable covers that you can throw in the washing machine. They can come in handy during house training and after muddy walks.
- Bolster beds
Raised edges are perfect for cuddling up against, and that's precisely what you get with a bolster bed. This will help make your puppy feel safe and secure, especially if you buy one that suits their size. And it'll help stave off the cold, too.
And what about size?
Well, it’s up to you whether you go for a short-term or a long-term solution.
You could decide to buy a smaller bed for now (like a bolster bed, with raised edges to make them feel safe and warm) and keep buying other beds as they grow. But if you’d prefer to save money, you could buy a dog bed that they can grow into. Just make sure you think about how big your pup is going to be, so you know you’re getting the right one.
By Raised By Humans