How to choose the right dog bed!

How to choose the right dog bed!

Everybody needs a comfy place to sleep. Our four legged friends can sleep for up to 10-16 hours a day or more, it's important to choose the right bed for your precious pet. Here at The Artisan Dog Co, we love to work with our customers to ensure you get it just right.

Before making your purchase consider the following: Size, Shape and Texture. Here are some of the common mistakes and how to avoid them.
Choosing The Wrong Size Dog Bed
The biggest mistake people make when purchasing a bed for their dog or cat is guessing on size. First and foremost, measure your pet's length. This will give you a general idea about the dimensions your pet needs to be comfortable. There's nothing worse than a bed that's too small. If you are getting a puppy, make sure you consider how big they will eventually get. Whilst we want them to feel safe and cosy when they are little, blankets can add that comfort whilst slowly being removed as they grow.

Choosing The Wrong Shape Dog Bed
Take a day or two to analyse how your pet sleeps. Does they curl up in a ball or prefer to stretch out? Most pets will sleep in a variety of different positions but if you spend some time watching your pet's behavior you can get a good idea which type of bed he or she will most enjoy. A round pillow sided bed may be best for those that like to curl up, while a large rectangular pillow style bed is better for those that like to stretch out.  Of your dog is older or has joint issues and requires a firmer mattress, talk to us to see how we can build that into your new bed.

Don’t forget, if your dog is going to end up either sleeping on the sofa or your bed, it’s still important to give them their space and smells, so consider a special blanket instead.

Choosing The Wrong Texture
Just like people, pets have their own unique preferences. Some dogs and cats prefer nappy textures, while others like smooth fabrics. Take a look at the spots your dog likes to flop and this will help you determine the best kind of fabric for your pet's bed.

Additionally, consider the climate in which you live. If you're in a colder area, think about getting a heavier fabric like a fleece fabric. In warmer climates, a sleek, cool cotton dog bed might be more appropriate. We offer a range of fabrics and combinations as well as finding alternatives if required.

Keep in mind, it can take some time for your dog or cat to warm up to a new bed. Just like new sheets, new dog beds require a period of adaptation.

Dogs and cats are very sensitive to smell and may prefer the scent of their old blanket or bed to the new one so give your pet time to adjust. You can also make the bed smell more like you (which your pet also likes) by putting your old t-shirt on the bed for a few days. Making the bed smell familiar to your pet is key.
Dogs are social creatures and they want to spend time with you. It's a good idea to put your dog's new bed in the room where you are. Don't be afraid to move it around from room to room. Where ever you happen to be hanging out is where your pooch wants to be!
Finally, you can create a reward system when your pet uses his new bed. Take a few minutes each day and train your dog to sit on his bed.
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