Does my pet need a dog bed?

Your puppy needs to feel like an accepted member of the family, and having his own home within your home will help him feel secure and comfortable. A good dog bed is not a luxury—it's an essential dog accessory. So take the time to find the right one. After all, you want the dog bed and its benefits to last a lifetime. Here’s how you can make sure you pick the right bed for your dog:
 
Size matters
Make sure the bed is large enough. If he's stretched out to his maximum, the bed should be large enough to support his entire body. 
 
Consider his sleeping habits
Does he like to rest his head on a pillow or the arm of a sofa? If so, look for a bed with a side. Does he like to burrow and nest? A soft, pillow-type bed may be the best choice.
 
Quality above all
Orthopaedic foam beds may be more expensive, but they provide superior support for bones and joints, and hold their shape longer.
 
Easy-to-maintain fabrics
A bed with an inner pillow that is reversible and machine-washable, will come in handy, especially if your dog drools or sheds.
 
Outdoor-safe bed for an outdoor dog
If your dog spends a lot of time outside or sleeps in a doghouse, look for materials treated to eliminate mold, fungus, and other outdoor hazards that may be harmful to your dog.
 
Location, location, location
Where you place your dog's bed is important, too. Try to avoid busy areas of your home. Choose a room that you spend a lot of time in, so your pooch can always be nearby. 
 

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