Does my dog really need a bed?
It’s true that dogs can sleep pretty much anywhere! But, when you think about it, so can we – in a tent, on a long train journey, or in front of the TV. However, by choice we would prefer to be tucked up in our own comfortable, warm beds, waking up feeling refreshed and as though we’d had a good rest, rather than grouchy and with a crick in the neck. Dogs are just the same, which is why it’s so important for us to provide our pups with the bed they deserve.
The Importance of a good dog bed
Provides your dog with a better night’s sleep
If your dog is comfortable in their own bed at night, this inevitably goes hand in hand with them having a better-quality sleep. Just as it is to me and you, sleep is crucial to our furry friends for a number of reasons. A good night’s sleep helps with your dog’s brain development, immune system, as well as with their mood. Who said that it was just humans that got grumpy after getting out of the wrong side of the bed in the morning?
Dogs are territorial animals, meaning that they like to claim certain places as their own, with the areas they deem the “most special”, i.e. where no one else should go, the most important parts of their territory. For many dogs, this special place is their bed, where they should be able to comfortably lie and relax in peace, without being disturbed by any other members of the family – the ultimate safety zone for your pet.
However, one mistake that some dog owners make is to send a “naughty dog” to their bed as a punishment. Needless to say, this creates a negative association with the bed for the poor dog, which of course will not make them feel as though their bed is somewhere they can feel safe.
Something else to note here is if you have more than one dog in the household. Your dogs will usually insist on having their own, separate sleeping arrangements, so it’s fundamental that one dog’s bed is not treated to the canine equivalent of sofa surfing. A dog that shows interest in another dog’s comfy mattress should be firmly discouraged.
If you don’t provide an actual dog bed, your furry companion will improvise. A favorite spot on the rug, on the chairs, a comfy corner away from all the noise, or an old towel or blanket. These can all be roped in as beds, and the dog will retire there whenever he needs some downtime. However, the problem with this is that it could actually be having a negative impact on their joints.
As a dog gets older and their joints become stiffer, it will appreciate the comfort of a good dog mattress even more so. Older dogs especially are prone to suffering from joint issues such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, with certain larger breeds such as German Shepherds and Great Danes being more susceptible to these than others. A high-quality, memory foam dog bed like the Topology from Omlet will help keep your dog’s joints supported, by minimizing stress and preventing any unnecessary muscle pain. Dog beds can also prevent sores, calluses and bald patches – all things that may affect dogs who sleep on wooden or stone floors, or rough carpets.
Encourages your dog to sleep in their own bed
The spot your dog chooses, given half a chance, may be your own bed. Unless you’re firm with him, he’ll be there to stay. In a previous blog, we discussed whether it was a good idea to let your pet sleep on your bed at night. While it was agreed that there are some benefits of doing so, this may not be the appropriate scenario for everyone. In this case, providing your own dog with a comfortable bed will work out in your favour even more so, encouraging them to sleep there as opposed to in yours. This is yet another reason why buying a comfy dog bed makes sense.
How Omlet supports your dog
Sleep is one of the most important parts of your dog’s life. At Omlet, we asked how we could support this essential need and then got to work designing. We engineer all of our dog beds with high-quality comfort, superior support and detailed qualities that enhance your dog’s health and happiness. And with our range of dog beds we even found a way to make boring beds beautiful. Supporting your dog’s sleep isn’t just a product we make. It’s a mission we take seriously to create what matters most for your dog that matters.
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