Although the concern for the welfare of our dogs has always been a transcendental issue for any owner, the trends show that it has been in these last years when there has been a clear awareness about the importance of good rest of the dogs.
Far from being a luxury object, beds, for dogs, are a necessity just as they are for us. Obviously, our dogs can sleep on the floor or on our own beds or sofas, and they do it without complaining. However, our dog will undoubtedly appreciate having a bed for himself.
There are many benefits for their health and for their owners:
- It provides the dog with a feeling of security. It is important to find a cozy space for the dog and keep it in the same situation so you always know that it is your own corner. It is worth remembering that the ancestors of the dogs were wild and territorial, so they appreciate a place they can claim as their own.
- Comfort and comfort Given the opportunity to sleep on the floor or in a soft bed, most of our pets would choose to have a bed that will cushion and isolate the unpalatable floor.
- Protect your home and your family. If your dog has its own bed, you will get the hair and dirt it generates, stay out of your furniture or your bed. Especially important factor if it is the case that a relative has an allergy.
- Dogs sleep approximately 12 hours a day, which means they spend half their lives resting. Obviously having a place to do it comfortably makes a difference in the development of the body and character of the animal. Sleeping in a bed gives the body the possibility to recover and rejuvenate more easily, and, to the mind, to dream and rest.
A standard dog bed should be slightly raised above the ground, should provide some heat and shelter, and should allow the animal to support its joints. For older dogs, there are orthopedic beds, specially designed to combat hip problems or joint pains. They are also extraordinarily indicated for dogs that have recently undergone surgery.
Choosing what is the best bed for our dog is extremely important. The general proportions of the dog – which vary according to the breed – must be taken into account and the premise that we must start from is to try to mimic its natural habitat, thus achieving maximum comfort.