How To Choose The Perfect Dog Bed

You would never consider your bed a luxury rather than a necessity, and the same is true for your dog’s bed. Dogs spend much more of their lives sleeping than we do which leads some vets to believe that finding the perfect bed could be even more important to dogs than it is to people. Choosing the right bed can seem intimidating with all of the types, sizes, shapes, and colors, but we’ve narrowed it down to make it easy for you to confidently choose the perfect one for your dog!

Quality beds give your pet support, a sense of comfort, warmth, and relief. Dogs love to lounge on the floor or on the sofa, but getting your pet his very own bed provides a sense of security. When the bed is kept in the same spot it gives your dog a cozy place that he knows is special. Dogs are naturally territorial and appreciate a place to call their own. You can assess what kind of bed will be best for your dog based on his health, habits, age, and size.

Step 1: Make Sure It’s Washable

Vets believe that “the most important element to any dog bed can be summed up in a single word: washable.” Always choose a washable bed or a bed with a washable cover. It is essential for controlling odors, dirt, and fleas. All of our beds are either washable or have a washable cover.

Step 2: Measure Your Dog for Size

When your dog is sleeping or lounging in her favorite position, measure the length of your dog and add 5 inches. If it’s too difficult to measure your dog while she’s laying down, you can measure her from the base of the neck to the tail and add 5 inches. This will allow for extra “wiggle” room so she feels comfortable in her new bed.

Step 3: Assess Your Dog’s Age and Level of Health

Older, arthritic, aching, or sick dogs require more features from a dog bed than a young puppy. These include orthopedic, memory foam, and heated options. You need the bed to support your dog’s joints, and an orthopedic, foam, or heated bed is essential for dogs with dysplasia or arthritis. Choosing the right bed can help alleviate pain and make your dog more comfortable.

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Orthopedic: Orthopedic beds have a mattress-type padding to provide support. These are perfect for older dogs with joint pain or thin dogs that need extra cushion to alleviate painful pressure points. Orthopedic beds are also usually roomy which is great for dogs that like to spread out when they sleep.


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Memory Foam: Soft memory foam beds support the skeletal system of older dogs and minimize callus development on your dog’s elbows. It also retains heat which eases the pain of arthritis. Memory foam provides comfort, warmth, and support.

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Heated: Heated beds are a great choice for older dogs because they help relieve aches and pains from arthritis and joint discomfort because they sooth and reduce stiffness. Dogs become less and less active the older they get and need the help of a heated dog bed to keep them warm and comfortable.


Step 4: Determine Your Dog’s Sleeping Habits

Some dogs like to sleep spread out, curled up in a ball, hidden and burrowed, or leaning against something for support. Watch your dog and observe the positions he prefers to sleep in. This will help you determine the best bed style to match your dog’s sleeping style.

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Dogs That Like to Spread Out: A Pillow or Cushion style bed is great for dogs that like to spread out when they sleep. It leaves them with a wide-open space to flop around without any restrictions. They will love the free and cozy feeling.



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Dogs That Like to Curl Up, Lean Against Support, or Have a Pillow: Bolster beds,  bumper beds, and pet sofas have a cushioned bottom and a raised side, which is great for dogs that love to feel the security of leaning against something. Dogs who like having their head rested on a pillow also love bolster beds. The shape helps retain body heat naturally, which smaller and older dogs appreciate.

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Dogs That Like to Burrow: If your dog likes to crawl beneath the bed, sleep under the table, burrow under the blankets, or find secluded areas in your house to sleep, he may enjoy the hooded cozy cave pet beds rather than the traditional open beds. They provide a sense of security that they can’t get from a traditional open bed. Humans probably couldn’t imagine sleeping on their beds without a blanket, so imagine how your dog feels sleeping on his bed without any covers. Small dogs, dogs with light coats, or thin body types like Greyhounds really benefit from cozy cave beds.


Dogs That Get Hot When They Sleep: We’ve all seen the fluffy dogs that just can’t seem to cool off after play time or on a hot day. It can leave us feeling helpless seeing them panting trying to get relief from the tile floor. If your dog is a hot sleeper there are great solutions available.

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Cooling Beds: Cooling beds are great to have indoors as well as outdoors during hot summer months. Sometimes the cool floor isn’t enough to give a hot dog relief. You can also get a cooling gel pad to use on top of your dog’s existing bed or cot.



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Mats: Useful for dogs who prefer the cool tile rather than a typical bed but still provides some cushion or protection from hard floors or bare crate bottoms. If your dog loves to sleep in bed with you or on the furniture you can use a mat to add a layer of protection to keep your furniture from getting damaged or worn.


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Cots: Easy to care for and clean but aren’t as padded as some alternative bedding. Perfect for dogs who just want to be up off the hard floor. They are very durable and can last for years with very little maintenance or upkeep. A simple spray-cleaning and air dry will do the trick. Ideal for dogs living in hot climates or young dogs who don’t require padding.


Step 5: Decide If Your Dog Needs An Outdoor Bed 

An outdoor dog lives a very different lifestyle than a dog that spends all of his time inside. These dogs require outdoor types of beds to go along with their adventurous tastes including waterproof beds, heated beds for the winter months, cooling beds or cots for the summer.

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Waterproof Beds: If your dog likes to hang out or sleep outside, he still deserves a cozy bed to relax on. A traditional indoor bed will get ruined quickly outside, but our waterproof outdoor/indoor beds are perfect for a dog that likes to explore.


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Heated Outdoor Beds: Smaller dogs lose body heat easily and can greatly benefit from a heated bed. If you live in a colder climate a heated dog bed is a must, especially if your dog lounges outdoors. You can buy pet bed warmers to place inside your existing pet bed or add a heated kennel bed to an existing crate or dog house.


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Cooling Outdoor Beds: It can get brutally hot in the summer, and any dog that stays outside is at risk for heat stroke unless its owner takes precaution. Large and brachycephalic breeds have a hard time staying cool and benefit from the cooling relief of a cooling dog bed.



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Cots: Cots are perfect for dogs that love to lounge outside because they are raised off the ground. This keeps your dog feeling cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. Cots have a waterproof fabric, which makes them extremely easy to clean. The sturdy framing makes them great for bigger dogs. The cots have heating and cooling mats available as accessories.


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If the idea of buying a pet bed for nighttime makes you uneasy because you love sharing your bed with your dog and can’t let go of that quality time you have together, there is the option of purchasing pet steps which will make sleeping in your bed much easier for your dog. Pet steps are a necessary accessory for smalls dogs, long-backed dogs who are prone to back injuries and shouldn’t be jumping (such as Dachshunds), or older, arthritic, and ill dogs who need help getting in and out of your bed safely and comfortably.


Once you have established your dog’s unique sleeping habits and health concerns, you can easily blend features and find the perfect bed for him. Many dogs require more than one feature from a bed. Some will need an orthopedic bed with a heating feature, a hammock with a cooling feature, or a cozy cave with memory foam support. Once you’ve established what features your dog requires in a bed, you can find the perfect one from our selection that combines the features you are looking for.

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If you’ve seen doggy play pens, you might have assumed that they were to keep a dog contained and out of trouble. But would you believe that they can actually be used to stimulate your dog’s playtime imagination and open a whole new world of possibilities? We found a video of a pug who couldn’t be more thrilled to have his owner place him in his play pen. The catch? Add about 50 plastic balls and a few of his favorite toys and you can see why he’s so thrilled!

Check out the video to see for yourself just how much fun this little guy is having. And remember to check out the awesome play pens we sell on our website! Don’t forget, you can get 5% off your entire purchase if you use the special coupon code that donates 5% to Pets for Patriots!

This could be just the right holiday present for your dog that you’ve been looking for. Our dogs are certainly getting one of these for Christmas after seeing this video, and we can’t wait to see what creative ideas we can come up with!

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Vietnam Veteran and Adopted Dog Save Each Other’s Lives

The most recent success story on the Pets for Patriots blog features Timothy, a vietnam veteran and purple heart recipient that describes the dogs and cats that he has rescued as “the only friends I had.” Timothy has found companionship in Melanie, a loyal and caring Pyrenees adopted through the Humane Society in Michigan thanks to Pets for Patriots. Timothy explains his need for a dog very simply: “I just like having company,” says Timothy. “They love you the way you are.” His life has improved tremendously since the adoption. He explains: “She gets me up walking and stuff where I wouldn’t,” he says. “I just don’t like to be around a lot of people. So if I take the dog with me, I stay away from people and have a friend.”

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Cat Takes Halloween to a Whole New Level With A Magic Carpet Ride

We love seeing how creative people can get with their Halloween costumes, and we love seeing them dress up their furry friends even more! We have tons of awesome pet halloween costumes at including a variety of princess costumes for sweet little girls.

But one thing we never thought of to really get into the Halloween spirit is to send Princess Jasmine on a magic carpet ride! This festive feline sure is lucky to have such creative and fun parents this Halloween!

Check out how this cat turned a robotic vacuum cleaner into a magic carpet:


Our family’s dogs Zoey and Jem dressed up as hot dogs last year, and now looking back we should have sent them on a magic food truck ride! That would have really completed the outfits. :)

Zoey and Jem Halloween 2013

What are some creative and cute Halloween costumes you have come up with? We would love to see pictures!

Dress Up With Your Dogs This Halloween!

The season we’ve all been waiting for is here once again- the holidays! If you’re looking forward to kicking off the Fall season with a fun Halloween party or a casual night of trick or treating, you can’t forget about the dogs!

We have awesome Halloween costumes to share with you this year, and we’re so excited that a lot of them are perfect for dressing up WITH your dog! If you like themed costumes, we have ones that are fun to group together for families with more than one pet. Wizard of Oz Halloween Costumes

Wizard of Oz Halloween Costumes

If you like to keep it classic, The Wizard of Oz themed costumes are perfect! Complete with Dorothy, Tin Puppy, Lion, and Scarecrow witch – your dogs would look pawsome dressed up together!


Princess Themed Halloween Costumes

Every little girl wants to feel like a Princess… and your dogs are no different! Mirror, Mirror on the wall… your dog wants to dress up as Snow White this fall! The Gypsy Princess dress is a pawsome choice for those dogs who just can’t settle down. And for the dogs who can’t seem to stop napping the day away, the Sleeping Beauty inspired Pink Princess costume is a no-brainer. Or maybe your dog wants to channel her inner Cinderella with the adorable blue gown.

Alice in Wonderland Dog Costumes

Another fun, classic theme is Alice in Wonderland! Start with the Alice costume, add the White Rabbit, and choose from two different Queen of Hearts costumes! Pick either the Queen of Hearts or the Royal Queen of Hearts to complete the theme.


Superhero Costumes

We all think of our dogs as superheroes already, so why not show them how awesome they really are!  Create your own superhero group with these three amazing costumes that come in red, pink, and green.

Sailor Costumes

If you have a pair of dogs that have sailed the seven seas and said “there is no other fish in the sea for me,” then this set of sweetheart sailor costumes is for them! They will look like a million bucks paired together in these Sea Captain and Sweetheart Sailor Girl costumes.


Pirate Dog Costumes

Or maybe your dogs would like to take another approach to the open waters and want to be pirates! Create a whole group of adorable swashbucklers with the Buccaneer Pirate Dog, Pirate Captain, and Pirate Girl costumes.

Alpine Beer Dogs and Bavarian Lederhosen Dogs

If you and your dogs like to experience other cultures, then celebrate the beers of the world with the Alpine Beer Girl, Alpine Beer Boy, Bavarian Lederhosen, or Gretchen Beer Maiden. But never forget that your dogs can’t drink beer, and they should only celebrate by dressing up!


Whatever Halloween costumes you choose this year, we hope you have a ton of fun and stay safe! If you have any Halloween pictures of your pets to share with us, we would love to see them!