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How to choose the size of a dog bed

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If you want your four-legged friend to feel entirely comfortable while sleeping, you must ensure that you choose the perfect bed size for him. I want to tell you how to do it to ensure you find the best option for your dog.

Choosing the right size for a dog bed is very important. That is the fundamental issue of comfortable sleep for your four-legged friend. The bed size should be adjusted to where your dog usually sleeps. Therefore, before buying, observe your dog’s sleeping habits.

What you will learn from this article:

  • Choosing the right bed size is a critical issue
  • Choose the size of the bed, taking into account the position in which the dog sleeps
  • Too large a bed can also be problematic

Dog bed size

When completing a dog’s layette, one of the first things we pay attention to is choosing the right bedding. There are many options on the dog accessories market. Among them, there are others: a dog bed, a pillow, a mat, and a dog blanket. The choice should largely depend on the personal preferences of your four-legged friend.

In this article, I would like to focus mainly on the dog bed, which is the dog bed—primarily focusing on the issue of choosing the correct size. Contrary to appearances, this is not as simple as it might seem. There are several critical factors to consider.

That is especially important in the case of slightly larger dogs because it is easy to buy a bed that is too small for them. A comfortable bed is essential for your dog’s good night’s sleep.

Why the right size of a dog bed is important

For me, the choice of bed is critical. It is important to me that I can fully relax and rest in the evening after a long day at work. Choosing the right mattress directly impacts the comfort and quality of my sleep. Choosing a suitable bed works the same for your four-legged friend.

If the size of your dog’s bed is not suitable for his needs, i.e. too small or too large, it will directly impact the quality of your quadruped’s sleep.

Sleep is one of the factors affecting your dog’s health. If his body does not have the opportunity to regenerate, it will affect, among other things, his well-being. That is why choosing the right bed for your dog is so important.

a small dog on the blanket lying

Can a bed be too big for a dog?

When choosing the right bed for my dog, I didn’t even consider that the selected model might be too big for him. I focused primarily on making the bed not too small for my four-legged friend. I didn’t see that too large a bed could also be a problem.

First, there is no denying that the bigger the dog’s bed, the more difficult it is to find a suitable place at home. Therefore, I believe it is not worth buying a bed that is too large, as it will make it difficult for you to create a dog sanctuary in the best possible place.

Too large a bed can cause discomfort to the dog. An ample space can cause anxiety in a dog. The dog may not want to lie on his bed in extreme cases. It also happens that when the bed is too big, the dog curls up and sleeps only on its small part in the corner.

So as you can see, too large a dog bed can also be a problem. Therefore, choosing a bed for your dog that will suit his needs is good.

How to choose the size of a dog bed

Choosing the right size dog bed is not difficult if you are aware of a few primary considerations. Thanks to them, you will undoubtedly be able to choose a bed that meets the needs of your four-legged friend.

Watch your dog while he sleeps

If you want to know what bed will be best for your dog, you must get to know him better. See what positions he sleeps in most often. Some dogs always sleep curled up in a little ball. In this case, the bed for such a dog does not have to be very large.

On the other hand, some dogs stretch their entire body length while sleeping. If we decide on a bed too small, part of the dog’s body may be on the floor while sleeping. I don’t think it would be a comfortable sleeping situation for us.

Therefore, before buying the perfect bed for your dog, I recommend that you watch your four-legged friend while he sleeps. That will help you make the right decision about it. I often say that every dog ​​is different, but it is the correct statement.

Just because a bed worked for one pooch the same size as your pet doesn’t mean it will be the same for your dog. A lot depends on the dog’s preferences, and I am sure you want to provide your pet with the most excellent possible comfort while sleeping.

If you would like to learn a bit more about what the position of your four-legged friend during sleep means, I refer you to my other entry entirely devoted to this topic. You will find it HERE.

Measure your dog

If you want to find a bed for your dog in the perfect size, you must try to measure your dog. What is the best way to do this to make sure that the measurement you create will be adequate to what you need to know when buying a dog bed? As I mentioned earlier, it all depends on what position your four-legged friend is used to sleeping.

If your dog sleeps curled up for a significant part of the time, take measurements from him when he is in this position. On the other hand, when your dog tends to sleep with his body stretched to the maximum, this is the size of the dog you should consider when choosing the size of the bed.

Remember that if, for example, your four-legged friend has a size of about 30 cm at the withers, then the bed should have a slightly larger size. Otherwise, the dog may fall out of his bed during sleep when he turns from place to place.

Puppy bed size

You’re probably wondering if choosing a bed suitable for its current size when caring for a puppy is worthwhile. Of course not. Dogs in the initial stage of their lives multiply. Before you know it, your pet will be much bigger than the day it appeared on the first day in your home.

Therefore, I think it is not worth buying a small bed, especially if you have a medium or large-breed dog under your care. Such dogs multiply, and their size quickly ceases to fit in the grans of a small puppy. In the case of small breed dogs, growing up a canine does not cause the pet to change its dimensions so much.

a dog sits on in the dog bed

Perfect dog bed

I am sure your dog will appreciate that his bed is chosen according to his preferences. Each of us feels special and important, and our pets are too. Sleeping in a bed tailored to your dog’s needs will be unique and relaxing.

Does your dog already have his perfect bed, or are you just trying to choose it? Please write me your answer by leaving a comment below.

If you have any questions or want me to touch on a topic in the next post, share it with me in the comments section.

Author: Klaudia, great dog lover

The dog by my side teaches me to enjoy every moment and to perceive each subsequent day as a chance for a new, wonderful adventure. While looking for my soul mate, I found it in a dog's wise eyes.

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