04th January

Dog beds that don’t smell

We all love our dogs, but they’re not so great when they make your house smell like a kennel. If you’re having trouble with this, and the air freshener simply isn’t working anymore, it’s time to take action.

The best place to start is to make sure your pooch is nice and clean – make sure you give them a bath every once in a while, especially after they’ve been playing outside or splashing around in the mud. But choosing the right dog bed can also go a long way towards solving problems with odour.

Your best bet is to choose a dog bed that’s easy to keep clean, and picking the right materials for the job is absolutely crucial. Fresh bedding will help keep your pet looking and smelling its best, and that means a nicer environment for owners (and visitors), too. So if you’re on the lookout for dog beds that don’t smell, keep an eye out for the following features and you’re sure to make your life a lot easier.

Make sure the cover is machine washable

Choosing a dog bed with a washable cover will help go a long way to keeping your dog's sleeping area as healthy and hygienic as possible, and that’s great for both of you.

Most dog beds are made up of filling (either foam or another padding) and an outside cover. When you pick one with an easy-to-remove, washable cover (or liner), getting rid of the smell is as simple as popping it in the washing machine and hanging it out to dry. Some materials are even tumble-dryer safe, so you won’t need to worry about waiting for it to dry either – particularly useful in the winter when muddy pups can mean more frequent bed washes.

Before you throw it in the washing machine, remember to check whether the material is safe to wash (it will usually say on the inside label). It’s also worth bearing in mind that some materials are dry-cleaned only, which can become expensive with regular cleaning, luckily that's not the case here! 

puppy in luxury dog bed

Look out for wipe-clean fabrics

If you have a metal or plastic bed frame, then you can just wipe it down with a damp cloth, or simply spray it down with a hose in the garden. Alternatively, if you have a handy vinyl-covered matt or a dog bed with a smooth surface; all you’ll need to do is grab and cloth and wipe clean.

Water resistant is even better

Water resistant dog beds tend to keep nasty things (like urine and vomit) away from the mattress underneath and can help prevent stains. Some are also suitable for outdoor use or in the back of the car. If you have a particularly mucky pup on your hands (perhaps they like splashing around in the mud), you’ll definitely want to consider water-resistant dog bed materials.   

Dog drying off

Throws can help

If you don’t want to fork out for a completely new dog bed, you could always buy some new throws instead. Just make sure you wash them on a regular basis (once a fortnight is usually enough). And bear in mind that this might just be covering up a bigger problem underneath.

When washing bedding avoid using too many chemicals such as in-wash fragrance beads and fabric softener, as they can irritate dogs’ skin.

So, in summary…

Dogs can be the best pets in the world, but they’re not quite so appealing when they smell bad! When they have somewhere clean and dry to sleep, it isn’t just better for you; it’s much more comfortable for them, too, so you’ll all reap the benefits when you invest in the right dog bed and make an effort to keep it tidy and attractive.  

Dog bed

By Raised By Humans