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.
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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?)
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.