Buying dog beds and furniture is easy compared to a lot of other things that dog owners must do for their pets. Dogs are some of the most high-maintenance pets that people can own. They're certainly some of the best companion animals that people could possibly want but that companionship comes at a price, literally and figuratively. However, pet owners are not going to have much of a problem when it comes to buying dog beds & furniture.
Picking a Dog Bed
Choosing a dog bed is largely about choosing the size of the bed. Dogs vary tremendously in size. People who have medium-sized dogs are probably going to struggle the most with choosing the right dog bed, oddly enough. Big dogs are easier to shop for in the sense that owners just know to buy the largest dog beds they can find. For the largest dogs, such as bull mastiffs, dog owners might have a harder time finding a dog bed. However, most of the big dogs that people have, such as German shepherds, will fit into the larger sized dog beds very easily.
Dog bed manufacturers usually offer suggested size ranges for beds that are based on the weight of the dogs rather than dimensions. These numbers can be skewed for dogs that are considered overweight since they're going to be heavier but not actually longer or bulkier. People should take that into account when they are looking at weight ranges associated with certain dog beds.
People also might not know the weight of their dogs and they might have to estimate. Getting dogs to stand on a scale or finding a scale that will fit a dog easily is difficult. People might have to call their vets in order to learn about their dog’s weight since vets are able to measure that figure easily with their own equipment and a vet will usually take a dog's weight during a checkup.
Weight can also be misleading because it is a range. Dogs at the upper end and lower end of the range might still have a problem fitting in particular dog beds. Dogs also vary in terms of sleeping styles. Dogs that like to stretch out are going to be in a different situation compared to dogs that like to curl up into a ball. Dog owners who know their dog’s sleeping styles should take that into account when they are picking up dog beds & furniture.
Dog owners should also know that there are many different styles of dog beds. Some of them look almost like trampolines and they manage to provide a lot of back support. Others more or less look like smaller versions of mattresses that people usually use. Lots of dog beds look like those big and puffy pillows that people will put on their own beds for increased comfort. Other dog beds almost look like tiny bunk beds which have a way of appearing fashionable and stylish. The dogs themselves might not like them as much as the owners from an aesthetic perspective.
Some of the most innovative dog beds are cozy cave beds which have a slight covering for dogs sleeping there. Dogs will feel safe and secure in beds like this since a lot of dogs will naturally gravitate towards small and comfortably enclosed spaces in the wild. Dogs also look adorable when they are kept snug and secure in these sorts of dog beds. Dogs often don't like to be wrapped up in covers but they do often love dog beds like these. Dog canopies are similar. They almost look like tents for dogs and dogs will typically feel just as safe and secure in these areas.
Getting the Dog's Opinion
Obviously, people can't go shopping and pick out beds with their dogs. However, they can still look at how their dogs respond to dog beds and other types of dog furniture. Some dogs will take to them right away adopting the beds as their own immediately. Other dogs will still want to sleep elsewhere which is a good sign that they don't like their new beds.
It is true that some dogs want to sleep in the beds of their owners anyway and dog owners who try to give dogs their own space so they can have their own space at night are going to have to use behavioral training in order to reach that goal. However, many dogs really do like having their own space. Dogs are still highly territorial animals. Even though they do ideally feel comfortable with their owners and in the homes of their owners they still might want their own little corners. Dog beds and furniture can help dogs feel that way even if their owners clearly have the run of the house in every other way.
Dog owners sometimes don't like dog beds because they can seem untidy. Dogs don't take care of their beds and pet owners soon wind up with dog beds that always look messy and seem shabbier than everything else in the house. However, dog beds can still add a certain charm to almost any room and there are still lots of dog beds that do actually look stylish and that dog owners and dogs themselves will like.
Dog owners might have to go through a bunch of different dog beds before finding one that works for both them and their dogs. Compromise still manages to be part of a relationship between dogs and their owners, oddly enough, even though they have a non-verbal relationship. Dog beds & furniture can make dogs look and feel a lot better. It is possible to find dog beds that even the pickiest dogs will like and that even the most particular dog owners will find stylish.