If you think for a moment about yourself and how you feel after a good night’s sleep it makes sense that your dogs also need to sleep well.
Especially when you realize that a dog sleeps, depending on their age, between 12 and 18 hours every day.
Dog bed or floor?
By letting them sleep on a dog bed we can provide them with a place to rest well just as we do.
In the past, most dogs slept on the ground or even outside. Although dogs are still very much like their ancestors the wolves. They have been domesticated and this changes things about them.
Some dog breeds are more vulnerable than others and they should sleep on a softer surface.
The main benefit of a dog bed is that it keeps off the cold floor. Even if it is just a simple pillow, this will be better than sleeping on the floor.
I believe personally that another benefit is that your dog will have its place in the house where he can rest undisturbed. Although you have to watch that he does not get too protective over it.
Although I am a strong believer that we should treat a dog as a dog I also believe that we have to take care of them to the best of our abilities, or even better.
It is a proven fact that dogs that sleep better stay healthier just as we humans do. By letting a dog sleep on a comfortable bed instead of on the cold floor will in the long run prevent them to become sick and get arthritis.
Should a dog sleep on your bed?
This is in my opinion a very personal choice. I never let any of my dogs sleep in the be with me, but I can see that people like the idea to have them close to them at night.
Even if you let him sleep in your bed, you should still have a dog bed for in the daytime when they take a nap, as most dogs do.
For your dog’s education and to make sure he or she is a well-behaved dog it is important to let them sleep in their bed. If you like him to sleep in your bedroom you can place his bed next to yours.
What dog bed should you choose?
This is a question that cannot be answered easily. It depends on a lot of things like your dog’s size, the age of your dog, just to mention two.
It can also be that your dog is developing little arthritis as I mentioned earlier in my writing here. That, or other medical problems, can mean that you have to start looking for a certain type of raised dog bed.
I will write about all the types of dog beds in another article since this is a different subject. However, you can start finding the best dog beds on our dog bed page.
A dog bed can be as simple as a pillow on the floor or can be as fancy as a hypo allergen raised dog bed with heating. It all depends on your budget and dog.
One tip after buying a dog bed is to watch your dog closely how he reacts to it. If it is a good bed he will like to lay in it several times a day.
However, if he does not do that it does not mean that the dog bed is not good. It can also mean that he does not like the place you put it and moving it around could be the solution to the problem.