Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes, and every dog has their unique preferences when it comes to napping comfort.
If you’re looking to buy your canine companion their first dog bed, or if you’re just looking to add another to the collection, here are ten of the most popular types of dog beds on the market today and what makes them so great!
Similar to people, dogs can experience aches and pains with age. Providing a supportive memory foam bed can help prevent your dog from straining as he rises and reduces back pain associated with aging joints.
In addition, these beds are easy to clean, although you should still wipe them down after each use and wash them weekly in warm water.
The memory foam bed comes in a variety of shapes and sizes but overall is an affordable option for older dogs or those with injuries or medical conditions that need special care.
Note: All pets must sleep on a soft surface, as long-term sleeping on hard surfaces (like flooring) can contribute to joint pain and other issues over time.
The Waterproof Pet Bed
Waterproof or water-resistant dog beds are an awesome solution for pets that spend most of their time outside.
These dog beds will keep your pet’s fur from soaking up too much water and getting waterlogged, protecting them from health problems like hypothermia or dehydration.
That makes them a great option for dogs that love to jump in ponds or wade through puddles, as well as for pooches who spend a lot of time lounging on wet grass.
This type of bed is especially ideal if you live in a climate with lots of rain. They’re also great if you have kids who love throwing snowballs at your dog during winter!
The Self-Cooling Pet Bed
For dogs that don’t mind getting a little wet, there are plenty of pet beds on the market that cools themselves by absorbing moisture from your dog’s body.
If your dog is one for warm baths in general, look for self-cooling pet beds that come with remotes so you can control how much cooling takes place.
That way, you can leave it on full blast when they use it and keep them comfortable without worrying about them overdoing it on their own time.
The Litter Box Bed
Much like children and their love for blankets, some dogs just love getting cozy in their own little space. Most dog beds are a bit too big for them, so why not make your pet a bed that’s just for them?
Think about using an old sweater or sweatshirt or even a nice soft sweatshirt. If you’re crafty, cut out holes for your pup’s head and paws!
You can also use empty tissue boxes; either sew a couple of sides together or use masking tape to keep it from falling apart. Either way, you choose, be sure that your dog is comfortable!
The Elevated Dog Bed
It’s typically made with orthopedic foam, which is memory foam for pets. There are multiple benefits to giving your dog an elevated bed.
First, dogs have less wear and tear on their joints when they sleep elevated rather than lying flat on a hard surface.
Second, it keeps their paws off a cold or hot floor during those chilly winter months or sweltering summer nights.
And finally, if you have multiple pets in your home that like to squabble over territory, an elevated bed will help them avoid one another as well as promote better breathing by allowing air circulation underneath their body and head area.
The Cuddle Pod
These fleece dog beds may be cozy, but they also keep your pup safe and warm. The mesh sides allow for circulation and for dogs to see what’s going on around them so they don’t feel claustrophobic.
You can even get them in different sizes based on how much space you have and what kind of dog you’re buying it for.
Cuddle pods are a little more expensive than other types of beds, but if your pup is particularly active or has special needs, it could be worth every penny.
The Outdoor Dog House
Outdoor dog houses are typically insulated and large enough for a pet to move around in and lay down comfortably.
They’re also easy for owners to clean. However, outdoor dog houses do little to block out wind, rain, or snow, so most animals don’t want to spend extended periods there.
Nonetheless, these structures are highly recommended for pups who stay outside on their own for hours each day.
Outdoor dog houses can be purchased from several sources (including big-box stores), but make sure you buy one that has high walls, an insulated roof, and is somewhat water resistant.
Also, keep in mind that you’ll need plenty of straw or other bedding material inside your pup’s house if he plans on spending more than just a few minutes out there each day.
The Hammock Dog Bed
Dogs and beds go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s natural for dogs to snooze on their masters’ furniture, but it’s always a little risky because they can be hard on pillows and furniture.
Instead, try a hammock dog bed—they’re just as comfortable as a comfy chair and are super easy to clean (just wipe them down when Fido leaves his hair behind).
The best part? These cozies don’t take up any space in your living room or bedroom! You’ll have more space for rugs or wood floors, and you’ll rest easy knowing that your pup is safe from claws or chewing accidents.
But be warned: Your dog may get hooked after trying one out, so you might want to order two for him!
The Crate Pad
Dogs love having a cozy place to curl up, so a crate pad provides a soft place for your pup when you’re at work or away from home.
Make sure you choose one that’s large enough for your dog; most recommend choosing one that’s just slightly bigger than your pet’s crate.
Another great option is a pet bed; it may be more expensive than standard dog beds, but if it matches your decor better and/or is larger, it could be worth investing in.
For dogs who like their prince or princess comforts, look into buying an orthopedic dog bed instead.
The Homemade DIY Pet Bed
Is your dog’s old doggie bed too hard or too soft? Can your pooch no longer fit in it comfortably? Can your pet no longer use it at all because she’s grown so big?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, then a homemade DIY pet bed may be just what you need. Making an at-home pet bed is a lot easier than you might think, and all you need are some basic supplies and a little bit of time on your hands.
So, if your furry friend is sleeping on an uncomfortable dog bed, follow these easy steps and make one yourself!