Using dog beds in training helps create a comfortable retreat for your dog. Along with a crate, they make a nice den too.
Ever notice how your dog figures out the most comfortable spots in your house? They certainly know the couch is more comfortable then the floor. Plus, they want to be where you are. If you are on the couch, they want to be on the couch too.
If dog hair isn’t one of your choice clothing accessories, the couch may not be an ideal place for Rover to retire. And, if your dog is not already sleeping with you in your bed, you might want to consider getting him his own bed.
A dog bed, or even a dog sofa for that matter, gives your dog the comfort of the couch and keeps your clothes hair-free. (Is there really such a thing?)
Most dogs are perfectly okay sleeping on a dog bed. I think other dogs believe a bed is a present to be “unwrapped.” Once the stuffing comes out, it’s party time! Or at least it looks like a party or a hurricane was in your house.
Here are some thoughts to consider when choosing a bed for your dog.
Does your dog like to be covered up? You know, sneak under the blankets and sleep? Dogs with short hair and small dogs really seem to enjoy doing that. A covered plush bed may be a good option for your dog. Another option is the cave-type bed.
Would your dog rather be outside when it’s cold, playing in the snow? Then a simple cushioned pad might be the best fit.
Of course, our little Chihuahua doesn’t need a bed as big as our Chesapeake would. But, sometimes smaller dogs like to sleep together. A bigger bed may suit your furry family so they can all get on one pillow and sleep together.
A doggy bunk bed may be another great option for multiple-dog homes.
My Chesapeake, Sage, likes to pull all the stuffing out of beds. So, I’ve decided that she cannot have any blanket or pillow with stuffing in it, unless I’m right there to supervise her. Instead, she gets blankets with no stuffing. Old sleeping bags were even out of the question.
Toddler beds can be used for dog beds with great success. Your dog gets up off the drafty floor and it’s padding is soft.
Some beds contain cedar as a natural flea and tick deterrent. Others are made for our senior dogs who need some orthopedic comfort. Memory foam is even a common material used.
Where your dog uses his bed may be a big factor in your choice. Outdoor beds are made to be rugged and warm. Heated pads can also be used indoor or outdoor. Just make sure to read the descriptions and labels to check for outdoor use.
Netting material can be used on an elevated frame to allow cool drafts underneath your dog if your weather is unusually warm. (Although nothing beats a kiddie pool on hot summer days for cooling off.)
If your dog crate doubles as a dog house a simple crate pad would probable be a great addition.
Now that we know what kind of bed our dogs would like, let’s teach them how to use it!
You can teach your dog using one of the these commands: bedtime, place, go lay-down.
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