So, you’re in a bind.
After all, your pupper deserves a great place to sleep but how big does the bed need to be?
Dog bed sizes are simple enough once you put some thought into it, however.
If you’re looking to make sure that your canine companion has the niftiest, best-sized bed for their taste then you’re in the right place. Read on and learn how to make sure that you have the right bed for your pet.
Appropriate Sizing for Dog Beds
Many people are pretty content as long as their dog mostly fits on their dog bed. For the best results, you should always make sure your dog can lay down on the bed. However they wish so an appropriately sized bed is usually a bit bigger than the dog.
If you know your dog’s dimensions this makes it easy enough to pick the appropriately sized bed but there’s a caveat: dog bed sizes aren’t standardized.
Always check the footprint of the size you’re looking to purchase before committing to a purchase. A large bed in one style may be nearly twice as large as another bed labeled the same, even within the same brand!
Of course, your dog’s new bed also needs to fit where you’re planning on putting it, so make sure to pick a corner or spot and measure what can fit there before you even begin with measuring the dog for a well-sized bed.
Measuring for the Right Dog Bed Sizes
Quick, how long is your dog? How tall?
Chances are that you don’t have an exact figure memorized. Measuring a dog can seem pretty tricky as well. You have to factor in both their length and the length of their legs to make sure that the surface dimensions of the bed are right.
There’s a really simple way to make sure you get an appropriately sized bed, however. Next time your pet is taking a nap on the floor trace a square or rectangle around them with masking tape. Be careful to give some extra room around the edges, a couple of inches should suffice.
This rectangle will give you a baseline minimum for how large the bed you’re looking for should be. You can even do it with multiple canines if they prefer to sleep together.
A Brief Word About Sleeping Positions
Ideally, your dog should be able to lay out however they wish on their new bed.
The style of bed, as well as the size, can be affected by the way your dog sleeps. A dog which curls into a small bottle and a dog which prefers to sprawl out as far as possible during their slumber will need different sized beds in the end.
So, make sure to take a glance at how your pet prefers to sleep when trying to determine which bed is the right way to go.
The Poundage Factor
While it may seem easy enough to just grab a dog bed that looks great according to reviews. There’s more to finding the right dog bed than meets the eye.
One of the biggest things that people overlook?
Their dog’s weight.
The current, veterinarian recommended material is memory foam.
Keep in mind that many of the beds which are labeled as “orthopedic” may contain nothing more than foam chips or polyfill. If you’re looking to prevent joint issues for your pooch in the future you’ll want to make sure that the bed is real memory foam.
This means the thickness of the bed is actually quite important, as well as the density of the foam. While it might be tempting to pick up a mammoth sized bed for a pack of terriers, for instance, the bed is most likely made to support dogs of 100+lb weights and won’t provide the right amount of support for smaller dogs.
Memory foam isn’t a homogenous substance, what works for a smaller dog. May crush easily under a mammoth mastiff while a tiny terrier may as well be sleeping on a board if the foam is designed for dogs like Great Danes.
You can’t even rely on the thickness of the foam as your sole indicator due to differing densities. As a general rule, you should always check what weight the bed is rated for.
In general large, thick beds are designed for larger dogs and won’t provide any benefit to smaller pups. Smaller beds may not be appropriate for overweight dogs as well.
This includes cases of multiple dogs sharing a bed, even if their cumulative weight is equal to the amount the bed is rated for.
Some bed types, like those which feature all-around bolsters, actually have a smaller sleeping area than advertised. Make sure to take that into account during the sizing part of your selection.
It’s always recommended to go with memory foam as an internal filler, especially for breeds which are prone to problems like hip dysplasia. Memory foam supports joints well, reducing pain from joint issues and helping to slow down their formation.
The important thing is to check the available surface area of any given design of bed. Too little and it’ll simply be impossible for your dog to get comfortable.
Little features can be great.
On the dog side of things, integrated blankets, comfortable covers, and the right bed design are the key things to look out for.
As for you? Finding something which is easy to clean and will fit both your dog and your plan for the room. They’re sleeping in should be easy once you have everything sized appropriately.
The Right Bed for Doggone Good Sleep
There’s quite a bit of confusion about dog bed sizes. With no standard to go off of, it can feel like the general size of a bed means nothing.
And the truth is that it doesn’t. The actual footprint of the bed is the important thing to check for and with a bit of tape and some careful measuring, you can ensure your pooch has a great sleeping spot.
In any case, isn’t it about time that your dog got the sleep it deserves? Grab some tape and get measuring, your pet is on the way to the best doggone sleep they’ve ever had.
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