The 10 Best Dog Beds
10. Majestic Pet Bagel
8. Petco Peaceful Nester
7. Simmons Beautyrest Colossal
6. LaiFug Sofa
5. PetFusion Ultimate Lounge
4. PLS Pet Paradise
3. Stella Orthopedic
2. Bully Beds Bolster
1. Big Barker Pillow Top
How Does a Dog Bed Work?
Okay, so if you're a pet lover who loves to spend as much time with your dogs as I do, chances are you let them sleep on the bed at some point because they're a part of your family and offer emotional support. I can't tell you how many countless nights I've experienced with all 3 of my standard poodles huddled into nearly all the corners of my full-sized mattress, forcing me to sleep in the middle of the bed or in some pretzel-shaped position just to make sure I don't disturb them. Granted, that isn't the way all pet owners behave, but a dog's comfort is an important thing to consider. For that reason, a bed specifically designed for your furry friend will give him a place to call his very own when he isn't planning to sleep all over you.
The key difference between a dog bed and a human bed is that the dog will be using that surface as a couch and a chaise lounge. Any dog bed will become an indoor pet's little corner of the world, a cushioned space where he can clean himself and keep an eye on his toys. Most dog beds come with an outer lining made from a variety of materials that include cotton, polyester, inexpensive suede, or even leather. The outer lining typically fits around several inches of foam or some other type of filling. Ideally, the inside filling is resilient, retaining its shape regardless of the dog's weight or how often the bed is used.
Many popular dog beds are both water-resistant and machine-washable, as the dog is certain to drool, drip, or shed all over its surface. An additional distinction involves whether the bed's outside lining is removable, which makes them significantly easier to wash. The majority of dog beds are light, mobile, and some are constructed with a cushioned border that allows the dog to rest his head as if that border were a pillow. Orthopedic beds are generally designed without a border. This is done to ensure that the dog's body doesn't feel cramped. It is also done so that a dog with arthritis never has to strain in order to get into the bed.
What Do I Need to Know About a Dog Bed Before I Buy?
The most important thing to consider before purchasing a dog bed is what your canine's needs are. There are many beds available on the market geared for dog of all shapes and sizes. At the end of the day, you want to look into purchasing a bed that fits your dog in the same way your dog fits you.
If your dog is older or arthritic, there are a wide range of orthopedic beds, many of which are designed to alleviate muscle pain, while ensuring your dog doesn't have to jump or lift its hind legs in order to step onto the mattress. If your dog tends to chew, look into a bed that's made out of durable materials. If he or she tends to mark, you'll want to look into a liner that's water-resistant or that allows you to place your own liner around the mat.
Familiarize yourself with the bed's washing instructions and make a decision based on that information. Though not every dog bed can be handled in this way, the majority of dog beds are built around a cushion, so you can simply remove their outer linings and place them into your washing machine with the rest of your laundry.
On a final note, you should always make it a point to research the dimensions of each bed. This is especially significant when it comes to larger dogs, many of which require a wide surface to stretch themselves out as they rest.
A Brief History of The Dog Bed in America
One might argue that the dog bed has been in existence ever since the introduction of the term "man's best friend." Officially speaking, however, a craftsman named John G. Bins received the first-ever U.S. patent for a dog bed back in 1935.
Bins' original application reads like a blueprint of the dog bed as we know it. Ironically, words like bolster, filling, and even oblong shape continue to appear in the manufacturers' descriptions of the product to this day.
Changes since that time include the addition of denser materials to keep an average bed from falling apart. The invention of memory foam, for example, has kept a variety of dog beds from going flat. Most dog beds need to be washed at least six times a year and a lot of mongrels tend to chew, paw and pull at frayed materials. The most efficient dog beds have done away with delicate fabrics entirely. Finally, the rise of ergonomic beds has caused a major shift in the industry, as well.