What Makes the Best Dog Bed for Puppies
There’s nothing more exciting than getting ready to receive your new puppy at home. You start getting their leashes, dishes, toys, accessories – and, of course, a fabulous puppy bed. The best dog beds for puppies are designed with their needs in mind.
Getting your puppy a fabulous dog bed is perfect for giving them a space to call their own (and keep them off the couch too). A dog bed will keep them comfortable, warm and will protect their bone structure as they grow.
But, if only picking a modern dog bed was that easy. From millions of options to choose from, how do you know which one is the best? Hint: A LAY LO dog bed (wink-wink).
Think About What Your Puppy Needs
Your puppy can’t tell you what it needs, but you can learn a great deal of information from the qualities of its breed. For example, short-haired or hairless breeds need the extra warmth provided by heated dog beds. On the contrary, dogs with long hair or double coats want to avoid beds that can overheat their puppies and opt for lightweight, breathable beds instead.
The breed plays a big role in the size of the bed you get. For example:
- If you have a medium-sized or a large-sized puppy, you don’t want to get a bed they’ll outgrow within months. Then, you’ll have to go through the hassle of acclimating your dog to a new bed every time they outgrow it.
- If you have a small to medium-sized puppy, you want to find a bed they can grow into, not one you’ll have to discard after the first six months. Especially considering puppies are prone to accidents.
Ideally, you want a bed that will last your dog an entire lifetime, so go for high-quality beds. You could buy a bed with removable covers, so you can keep updating its look and feel throughout the years.
Choose a Bed With Puppy-Friendly Materials
There are many materials to choose from when you’re shopping for dog beds. The most popular material is memory foam, but there are some drawbacks to this material as it retains heat. However, you still have to consider different scenarios when looking at puppy-friendly materials.
What’s their breed?
Breeds like bulldogs, golden retrievers, Great Danes, Labradors, mastiffs, pugs, Rottweilers, and St. Bernard are particularly prone to hip dysplasia. A breathable alternative is an orthopedic foam that is not constricting and can be an excellent choice for breeds with a tendency of hip dysplasia or joint issues. Starting with an orthopedic dog bed early on may be able to prevent arthritic pain later on.
Do they chew?
Here’s a quick fact: puppies are chewers! Because of these, puppies can quickly destroy not-so-sturdy dog beds. Not only is it annoying, but it could be dangerous, as they could ingest stuffing that’s not meant to be eaten. So, invest in getting a chew-proof dog bed and avoid any beds with electric elements, like heated beds.
Are they potty trained yet?
You also want to think about potty training. Unless you get a puppy that’s already trained, odds are you’ll have to go through this training process with them. This means there’s a good number of accidents coming up in your future. So, make sure you get a washable dog bed cover o a machine washable dog bed.
Having an easy-to-clean dog bed, like our LAY LO dog beds with water-repellent fabric, so you can quickly clean up a mess, and the removable covers make it so easy to throw them in the washing machine to clean.
Do They Need Some Heat?
Certain breeds need help staying warm and cozy. For them, a bed with a foam mattress will help retain more heat than traditional dog beds and keep them more comfortable all night long. Having a spare bed with these properties can be a huge advantage during colder months, especially if you live in a cold climate.
A warm and cozy bed will also give your puppy a sense of comfort. As you might imagine, as they get adjusted to not having the warmth of their mom around, a bed where they can feel the same warmth and comfort.
Even still, you want to avoid heated dog beds that have electric elements inside. Your puppy is a curious individual, and they may chew or dig into the electrical element, potentially getting harmed. Instead, choose a self-warming bed, or consider adding a blanket to their traditional bed.
The same goes if you need a cooling dog bed instead. Breeds with heavy fur coats can overheat easily.
Picking the best dog bed for puppies can be tricky. We get it. We wanted to design our LAY LO dog beds to grow with your puppy. Designed with puppy-friendly materials, our beds will withstand all the accidents your pup needs to get it right.
Because they have removable covers and are machine washable, you don’t have to worry about having to go through a great deal of trouble to have a clean bed for your puppy. Not to mention, they’re all made with high-quality materials that will last a lifetime.
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