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Picking the Right Dog Bed

November 17th, 2011 Pets

It's only natural to want the best for your pooch - after all, he only ever shows love, affection and trust in you, and you want to ensure that he lives the best life possible. Dogs frequently feel like extra members of the family, and we want to treat them as such. However, that doesn't give them carte blanche to jump on the bed and curl up whenever they please. This can disrupt our own sleep and force us into uncomfortable positions while we accommodate the sleeping dog. If this is becoming a problem for you, it may be time to invest in a doggy bed.

As with most other pet products, there are a ton of beds made for dogs, and it can seem intimidating to try and find the best one. The first thing to realize is that your dog isn't going to care much about how the bed looks. He's mostly interested in curling up in it, so your primary concern should be finding one that's big enough. Make sure that the bed you buy is large enough so that your furry friend can comfortably walk around in circles and plop down. Dogs do like to sprawl out sometimes, so don't be afraid to err on the side of larger.

Your dog may not immediately take to his new sleeping quarters, so you have to be diligent about reminding him that this is where he sleeps now. When he jumps on the bed, resist those initial urges to snuggle and calmly walk him over to his sleeping pad. He'll figure it out eventually, and before long will happily jump inside!