9 Reasons Every Dog Needs a Pet Bed
Many pet owners view dog beds as just a luxury – something that you don’t need in a home with plenty of carpets, rugs, sofas and your own beds and couches. But a dog bed is more than that and can easily be called a necessity. A bed for your pet will have multiple purposes and benefits. A good dog bed can make your dog healthier and make both his and your life easier.
As a long-time pet owner, I was already aware of the several benefits dog beds provide. However, I was curious about the research behind this, whether it’s simply an item to spoil your pooch or not, and what do professionals and veterinarians think on this matter. With that in mind, I’ve interviewed Dr Sarah Wooten, DVM and Eric Shannon, an industry insider, in one of my podcast episodes on dog beds.
Here is a list of the eight reasons why every dog needs a bed:
Good dog beds offer a great deal of insulation, which is especially important during the cold winter months and hot summer weather. Even if you are keeping an adequate room temperature in your home, the floor can be unpleasantly cold in winter or too hot in summer. For the extra cold places and for dog breeds that don’t fare well at low or extra high temperatures, there are special dog beds that offer even more insulation and temperature regulation.
For dogs constantly jumping on and off a couch, a sofa or a bed can lead to injuries – both spontaneous ones, as well as joint problems that build up over time. Studies have found that dogs often place too much stress on their front limbs, which results in permanent joint problems. It is counter-intuitive for a lot of dog owners to think about that until it’s too late – especially with small dogs.
Similarly, a dog bed can become a tool of pain relief for dogs, according to research. Statistically, arthritis and joint problems is the number one source of pain in canines, and a good dog bed gives your pooch the perfect sleeping and resting place to reduce the stress on his joints, it’s low on the ground allowing for a lot of ease and zero injury risk, too.
Reducing the amount of hair and dander on the furniture
Having to constantly clean dog hair and dander from your furniture is not only one of the more irritating aspects of being a dog owner but is also one of the key reasons why a lot of people refrain from even getting a dog in the first place. Especially for breeds with long and beautiful coats that shed excessively this can become a huge problem. A dog bed can drastically reduce the amount of hair and dander on your furniture, however. This is simply due to the fact that your dog will be spending much less time on or around your furniture, sleeping everywhere he can find, and will instead sleep on his bed. And a dog bed is much easier to clean than an entire couch or a rug.
Protection of bones and joints
Sleeping on a floor is not only unpleasant during the cold winter months but it’s actually harmful for pets, according to vets. This can lead to unwanted bone and joint issues, especially for large breeds or older dogs. Providing your pooch with a bed will in turn save your dog from unnecessary pain, and save you from significant veterinary bills.
Privacy for the dog
Dogs may be social animals, but they too love and need a fair degree of privacy. Giving your dog a bed instead of letting him sleep on the couch means that he’ll have his own place where he can relax, stay unbothered and calm, even if there are guests in your home. It’s also a good idea for you to ensure not to bother your pet while he’s in his bed, whenever that’s possible. Playing with them is fine when they want to play, but when your dog is resting in his bed, he must feel like it’s the place where he can get away from everything.
With multiple pets in a household this privacy is even more important because it reduces the squabbles for space between the pets. Having a dog bed for each of your animals is a great way to maintain the peace and order in your home, as well as to train your pups to behave and respect each other’s space.
Comfort for the dog
Your own couch or a sofa can be cozy for the dog, but a properly chosen dog bed can be even more comfortable for them as it will fit the dog’s body and pose in a much better way. Premium quality beds are often designed with pets in mind, so they fit their bodies and weight much better. Orthopedic dog beds will ensure not only comfort, but also prevent further injuries, arthritis and joint related issues.
They make your dog more guest-friendly
A lot of people that aren’t used to dogs may have a hard time visiting a dog owner’s place. Particularly with big dogs, non-dog owners can get flustered when the dog sits on the couch beside them or in their feet. If you have a dog bed, however, your Fido then will have his own place in the room where he can relax in and observe from further away instead of bothering your guests.
Freedom for the owner
Getting your pooch used to sleeping in his own bed is the easiest way to give yourself some comfort and freedom during the night hours. After all, sleeping with a dog may be cute and fun for a lot of dog owners, but especially with bigger breeds it can be a bothersome. Moreover, some experts say and studies show that letting your dog sleep with you may interrupt your own sleep cycle.
Mental comfort after a move
Moving and traveling can be very stressful for pets, especially when they get into a new and unfamiliar environment. One of the ways to ease a dog into a new home is to bring some familiar items and furniture with you. And while our human furniture is not always easily movable, you can take a dog bed anywhere with you, regardless of whether you’re moving into a new house or you are just traveling and staying in hotels.
In summary, a dog bed is not simply a luxury item to spoil your pooch. It has many benefits, not least of which are preventing health problems and providing significant comfort for the dog. With a good and properly chosen dog bed both you and your pets will feel much more cozy and happier in your home.