The right bed for your dog

Because they have such active lives, it’s really important for your dog to get enough rest during down-time. We need to make sure they have somewhere quiet and comfortable to snooze without any disturbances. But ideally not your own bed!

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How to choose a dog bed

There are many different types and sizes of dog beds available and if you watch your dog sleep you’ll notice they get into lots of different positions: stretched out, curled up, on their back – sometimes on their belly with their legs stretched in opposite directions! Oscar & Millie has a huge range of dog beds to choose from.

What size bed should I get?

It’s important to make sure you chose the right size bed for your dog. It should be large enough for them to be able to lie comfortably in all natural positions. Some beds might be big enough for your dog to curl up but can they also stretch out their legs if they want to?

What type of dog bed should I get?

Dog beds come in many different shapes and sizes. Round or oval dog beds with a side are great for when your dogs wants to curl up whereas dog sleepers can be good for lying flat. Each dog will have their preferences but it’s best to give them a couple of options if possible – that way you can be sure they’ll always be comfy.

Some dog bed shapes, such those with a side allow your dog to really cosy down – these can help keep them warm and protected them from any draughts. Other beds might be better in summer when your dog may want to stay cooler.

What material should my dog bed be, and how can I wash it?

Dog beds should be sufficiently padded and made from a comfortable material. They should also be easily washable.

If you want a dog bed to take camping, into the garden or on any adventures then a more robust material is best. Waterproof or water resistant beds can be helpful in preventing them from getting damp. 

Where is the best place to put a dog’s bed?

Place the bed somewhere warm and draught-free and give them options. You could place one dog bed in a quiet part of the house where they can rest undisturbed and one in a room where the family spends time so they can be in your company whilst relaxing or snoozing in a comfortable spot.

Luxury dog beds for special dogs

Some dogs may have specific needs when it comes to beds:

Older dogs or dogs with any aches, pains or joint problems might benefit from a memory foam dog bed which they can get in and out of easily. If you have more than one dog you can avoid competition by providing one bed per dog. If your dogs enjoy snuggling up together consider getting an additional dog bed large enough for them to comfortably share.

Letting sleeping dogs lie
None of us like being disturbed when we are trying to have a nap and dogs are no different. Make sure everyone in the family, including children, know to leave your dog alone while he or she is in his bed – this is an important part of keeping children safe and dogs happy.

Oscar & Millie has a great range of dog beds to help you get the right bed for your dog:

 

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