Varieties of dog beds

These days, there's no shortage of choice when it comes to dog beds. Whatever the size, breed, age or temperament of the dog, it's easy to find a bed that meets the needs of the animal so that they can get a good night's sleep.

Younger dogs are known for chewing everything in sight; toys, furniture and yes, even their own bed. For this kind of animal, beds made from materials such as wicker are not a good idea, as they are too tempting to chew on for a young pup. These kinds of dogs need a special bed that is manufactured from a very durable but soft material. It is also important to note that the bedding materials should be made from a non-toxic substance, as the dog will inevitably attempt to chew on it.

For older dogs who may be developing joint problems, or are simply a bit sore, a memory foam dog bed is the best choice. These are excellent at providing the support an older dog needs to sleep properly. For dogs who are suffering from specific health issues such as arthritis or even hip dysplasia, a bed made from memory foam could be just what they need to feel more comfortable. These beds aren't the warmest, so pet owners may want to add a blanket to the bed for extra warmth on cold nights.

For smaller dog breeds, the half hooded bed is an excellent choice. This is particularly suited to small dogs who like to feel enclosed while they take a nap. It looks like a standard bed, but has a cushioned 'hood' attached to the sides.

One of the most popular types of beds is the bolster bed. These are usually round in shape and are most suited to those dogs who often curl up into a ball when they sleep. The bolster bed offers the dog an almost nest-like, cosy place to lay their heads. They're great for dogs who tend to get nervous easily. These beds are almost always overstuffed and are extremely soft.

For pet owners living in homes where space is limited, standard dog beds can often take up too much room. If this is the case, then you may want to invest in a corner bed; these fit neatly into any corner of the room and take up far less space than a large round bed.

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