Whilst dogs are adorable, they do tend to shed their fur on sofas and beds and scratch and chew on the corners. Large dogs also have a tendency to drool…
You may just think that dog beds serve as a place for your pet to sleep. But the fact of the matter is that they yield many psychological and physical benefits for the dog, as well as for its owner. To begin with, a dog bed provides your pet with a cosy space that is all their own. Whilst dogs are naturally sociable and for most of the day, only want to be petted and cared for by their owners, they still need some space and time alone. Having a peaceful corner in the house will give the dog a chance to play with their toys, rest their head or just relax and watch the world go by.
Good for older dogs:
Infirm, elderly and larger dogs have special needs that can be met with the help of a good dog bed. Larger dogs, usually defined as any dog that weighs more than four stone, will, over time, find that their bone structure becomes more brittle, as their body exerts pressure on their skeleton. Because of this, as they get older, they need a soft but supportive bed that won’t place extra pressure on their bones. In cases like this, an old blanket or cushion simply won’t do. Small dogs, as they get older, can also incur hip and joint injuries after years of trying to jump onto too tall sofas and beds.
Preserve your furniture:
Another important reason to invest in dog bed is to preserve your home furnishings. Whilst dogs are adorable, they do tend to shed their fur on sofas and beds and scratch and chew on the corners. Large dogs also have a tendency to drool when they sleep. A dog bed can save your furniture from being damaged by a well meaning but destructive dog and give them the chance to snooze, slobber, shed and scratch to their hearts’ content.
In addition to this, dog beds are a far more hygienic option than leaving the dog to sleep on furniture, or on a raggedy old blanket. Dogs carry a lot of mud, dirt and bacteria around on their paws and snout and can easily leave traces of these things behind on the places where they sleep. Provided that their dog bed is washed on a regular basis (most beds nowadays are machine washable), they are the most hygienic way to keep your dog comfortable while they sleep.
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