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Wait, Dogs Need Their Own Beds?

Our dogs sleep with us, too. But these trainer-recommended dog beds — from indestructible ones for puppies to orthopedic options for seniors — are the next best thing.

by Cory and Jane Turner
August 5, 2021
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There’s a reason why your dog spends at least half of every day in bed sleeping, napping, and generally lazing around. Actually multiple reasons. Behind that layabout exterior, a lot of regeneration of body and soul is happening. Finding the right bed for your dog’s individual needs is one big-impact way to support your dog so they can be their happiest, healthiest self. “Then, reinforcing it as a safe haven with positive training can take it from comfortable resting place to a go-to comfort zone whenever your dog (and you) might need it,” says certified dog trainer Melissa Dallier, CPDT-KA. “Teaching your dog to ‘go to bed’ — a reliable retreat full of high value rewards — gives you a tool you can count on in a range of potentially stressful situations, such as when guests come over, you’re on work calls, or during tempting family meals.”

Is your rescue pup the anxious type in general and could use a calming reset? Maybe your senior dog is feeling stiff and needs extra joint support. Or, perhaps your pup is a Dachshund or another breed who is burrower by nature. Beyond health needs and breed tendencies, dogs have personal preferences too — some sprawl out on their backs, all four legs up in the air, while others curl up into a donut. And, just like us, dogs can run hot or cold. Even if your pet sleeps in bed with you, a dog bed can be moved from room to room so they can comfortably take naps near you. We’ve rounded up the 10 best options, from indestructible dog beds for puppies and power chewers to orthopedic dog beds for senior dogs to elevated dog beds for outdoor use.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

PAW BRANDS Puprug Memory Foam Orthopedic Dog Bed

Human-grade memory foam meets faux-fur rug for a joint-supporting, pain-easing, orthopedic bed for your dog (and a luxe design for you). The faux-fur cover is easily removable for machine washing, and the core’s water-resistant lining ensures an easy clean-up in case of accidents. Plus, the bottom is made from anti-slip rubber, so your pup can stay safely in place even while they chase squirrels in their dreams. And just in case you’re tempted to join your dog for a supportive nap, yes, it is available in “Giant” size.

$229 at Amazon
Big Barker Orthopedic Bed

Big Barker’s founder was inspired to launch the brand when he was told that his dog may need hip surgery at age seven. He decided to try a supportive, rehabilitating bed before putting his pup under the knife. The memory foam top and bottom pads perfectly mold around your dog’s shape, and the high-density core guarantees that their joints will never press against the floor. Sound too good to be true? Try it and see for yourself — the company promises a replacement for any bed that sinks or sags within 10 years of purchasing.

$240 at Walmart
Big Barker Orthopedic Bed

Big Barker’s founder was inspired to launch the brand when he was told that his dog may need hip surgery at age seven. He decided to try a supportive, rehabilitating bed before putting his pup under the knife. The memory foam top and bottom pads perfectly mold around your dog’s shape, and the high-density core guarantees that their joints will never press against the floor. Sound too good to be true? Try it and see for yourself — the company promises a replacement for any bed that sinks or sags within 10 years of purchasing.

$240 at Big Barker
ToughChew® ComfortFill-Eco™ Bolster Dog Bed

Chewing isn’t just for puppies. Whatever your dog’s age, size, or reason for chewing, Orvis has you covered with this “guaranteed” indestructible bed — it’s made from two layers of nylon, plus a bonded micro-velvet, rip-resistant top layer. Its lack of visible zippers and seams discourages your dog’s chewing instincts. But don’t be fooled by its ironman reputation: it’s still a softie with all the fill and bolster comfort your dog needs. The ComfortFill-Eco cushion is designed to keep the most digging-prone pup cozy without flattening or clumping. And if your dog’s particularly possessive about their napping space, you can opt to embroider a personalized name for a fee.

$269 at Orvis
PLAY Daffodil Yellow Outdoor Bedd

This is the perfect bed for dogs on the move: It’s waterproof, UV-resistant, and comes with grommets to secure it to almost any surface for windy days or bumpy boat rides. The performance fabric is commonly used in camping products, while the eco-friendly PlanetFill® filler is made from 100% post-consumer, certified-safe recycled plastic bottles. The brightly colored chevron print — designed exclusively for P.L.A.Y. by SF artist David Collins — is pretty cool too. But the best part? Thanks to P.L.A.Y.’s Warm Bellies Initiative (in partnership with Petfinder Foundation), for every bed purchased, another will be donated to a shelter dog.

$75 at Dogly
The Foggy Dog Indigo Mud Cloth Dog Bed

TBH, they had us at “Indigo Mud Cloth.” But wait, there’s more: Everything about these beds is beautifully done and carefully chosen, right down to the zippers. The Sustainafill™ insert is designed to stay fluffy for years — but it’s also fully removable, so you can stuff the anti-ripping cotton cover with any of your dog’s favorite cushions or blankets. Each bed is made of 100% recycled fiber sourced from plastic bottles, and The Foggy Dog donates food to rescue shelters for every purchase. And yes, we would like to design our house around this fabric please.

$65 at The Foggy Dog
Kuranda Standard Almond PVC Dog Bed

Kuranda’s elevated dog beds are basically chew-proof, with the vinyl-coated fabric neatly contained in its metal frame. Even more importantly, the design is great for your dog’s health, since the raised style relieves pressure from your pup’s joints while they nap. It's also a great option for allergy-prone dogs, since there’s no stuffing to gather dirt or allergens — not to mention, this makes Kuranda beds stink-free and easy to clean.

$80 at Walmart
Kuranda Standard Almond PVC Dog Bed

Kuranda’s elevated dog beds are basically chew-proof, with the vinyl-coated fabric neatly contained in its metal frame. Even more importantly, the design is great for your dog’s health, since the raised style relieves pressure from your pup’s joints while they nap. It's also a great option for allergy-prone dogs, since there’s no stuffing to gather dirt or allergens — not to mention, this makes Kuranda beds stink-free and easy to clean.

$85 at Kuranda
Jax and Bones Denim Dog Bed

When you’re planning dog bed placement throughout your home, you can’t go wrong with classic denim. Jax & Bones does denim every which way to suit your dog. This lounger has chin-resting bolsters, but the LA brand also makes a denim donut bed and a denim blanket with sherpa on one side. The Lounge Bed is designed like a sofa, allowing your pet to snuggle against whichever side they choose — perfect for dogs who like to curl up in corners. The filling is both eco-friendly and hypoallergenic, so you can feel proud that all creatures benefit from your pup’s stylish choice of nap pad.

$109 at Jax and Bones

cory and jane turner

Cory and Jane Turner

Cory and Jane are daughter-mother partners in just about everything including co-founding Dogly, a platform for pets and their people to live well together. They’re parents to a family full of magical rescue dogs and a bossy street cat from Shanghai who are their resident muses, testers of all things, and advisors on the meaning of life.