Where should you begin, when it’s time to buy your pooch a new doggie bed

“It really just depends on what you think your dog’s likes and dislikes are,” says Dr. Danelle Capobianco, veterinarian at Buffalo, NY’s City Creatures Animal Hospital. “If you notice they spend a lot of time sitting on the floor in the corner, they might appreciate something with bolsters on the sides. If you notice that before they lay down in their bed for the night they’re doing a lot of digging, then they might like something they can nest in. If they’re constantly laying on the cold tile, then something with more air circulation might be better for them.”

There are hundreds of styles and prices, all suited to very different home and outdoor environments, and different breeds. Choosing the best for your furry friend is dependent on their preferences and needs. Know your dog. If you are unsure, make a point of observing their lounging and sleep habits for a few days.

Note: If your dog is partial to chewing on its bed, it should not have one. There is no bed that is “indestructible,” or will stop a tenacious chewer. Ingesting chunks of foam, wood, or cloth can lead to serious bowel problemsor cause death from intestinal blockage. You’re better off spending money to train your dog, rather than shelling out cash based on product claims of superior toughness.

Hours of searching Chewy, Pet Smart or Amazon to make selection will be easier if you begin by listing the bed styles you like into three major categories:

1) Cushy “cuddler” beds envelope a pet in bagel-shaped luxury that’s appropriate for hanging out during the day, and sleeping soundly at night.
2) A “cot” allows airflow to cool “cold weather” breeds, and dogs with long hair or thick fur. Cots are great for warm climates, and snoozing outdoors.
3) Crate liners are made to fit snugly in dog crates or cages, and provide cozy padding

Although dog beds come in many sizes, dimensions aren’t uniform between brands, so carefully consider the different size options in actual measurements. For most dogs, you want to choose beds that measure 36” by 23” – and verify proper measurements for larger or stockier breeds.

You may also want to consider a few premium models, if only to see what kind of value these beds offer, compared to more budget-friendly options. Since premium beds generally lack buyer satisfaction reviewstheyre more difficult to evaluate. You may have to ask for evidence they live up to claims of durability and convenience.Greater cost is no guarantee.

Premium beds use materials that provide greater comfortthan is standard for dog bedslike memory foam. If your dog is elderly, or suffers from joint problems or arthritis, you may want to forgo thrift to ensure their comfort.

Narrow choices by comparing your favorites using these important features:

✓ Ease of disassembly, cleaning and reassembly
✓ Comfort
✓ Shape retention after cleaning, and over time
✓ Durability and toughness
✓ Resistance to stains and smell.

While you may develop and narrow your list of choices online, visit pet stores in person, if possible, before making a final selection. Your best friend will appreciate your efforts.