The benefits of a dog bed

It is not a coincidence that your dog sleeps more than you do – – dogs need more sleep than humans do. Unfortunately, your dog does not have the option of crawling into a nice, warm, soft bed as you do each night. Most dogs sleep on hard, cold surfaces that do not offer the same benefits of a bed. Rather than allowing your best friend to sleep on an uncomfortable surface, provide him or her with a bed that is large enough to stretch out and get a good night, or day’s sleep. In addition to sleeping, dog beds offer other benefits for your pet.

If your dog stays outside, a dog bed provides protection from the elements. Look for a dog bed that offers warmth and that is water repellent. Most outdoor models are treated to be resistant to mold and mildew. A dog bed provides a place for your pet to sleep that is more comfortable than the hard ground. Having a soft, comfortable place to sleep is also important to help cushion your dog’s joints to prevent arthritis and relieve joint pain. Orthopedic dog beds are designed specifically for older dogs that need the extra cushion due to age and also help prevent damage to joints in younger dogs.
Having a dog bed gives your dog a place of his own to sleep so that he is not as tempted to use your furniture as a bed. This reduces the risk of injury from jumping off furniture when he has finished his nap. It also helps control the amount of dog dander and dog hair that you must clean up in your home because your dog has one location where he goes to sleep rather than laying in various places throughout your home or on your furniture.

Depending on the needs of your dog, you may want to invest in a specially designed dog bed that addresses specific needs of your pet. Orthopedic dog beds are designed for older dogs, dogs that are susceptible to joint pain or dogs that are recuperating from an accident or illness. Orthopedic dog beds provide comfort in addition to the added support needed by these dogs. Heated dog beds have an internal heating element to provide warmth for dogs that live outside in colder areas. Even though dogs have fur coats, they are still susceptible to the cold and require extra protection in severe climates.
Your dog will appreciate having a bed of his own and will be thankful that he has such a thoughtful owner.