Sofa dog beds offer a stylish place for your canine best friend to sleep. Would he or she prefer your bed? Probably, but that brings several other issues along with it.
A sofa bed, by definition, is a type of dog's bed that looks like a sofa. In the broadest sense, it has arms and a ridge portion as a back. Some sofa dog beds are unstructured pillows, and there are some that are small upholstered loveseats, complete with legs and a throw cushion.
Choosing your dog's bed is as complicated as choosing your own mattress. Here are some tips to make choosing a sofa bed for your furry friend a shorter, more manageable process.
What are the things to consider when getting a sofa dog bed?
Is your dog an old-timer or a young pup? Maybe your pet has a mercurial bladder or chews when nervous. Do they sleep hot or cold? Ask yourself the same sort of questions you would if you were buying the bed for yourself.
Making the right choice for your pet is dependent on:
- your dog's age and health condition
- how large your companion is,
- what kind of coat they have,
- what their sleep and temperature preferences are.
What Bed Should I Get If I Have an Older or Bigger Dog?
Big dogs and older dogs frequently need support for their joints, as their bigger frames or advanced age put a lot of stress on them. For dogs who don't love jumping, choose a low-slung memory foam bed with a minimal ridge as a back.
Some beds even have a bump on one end to act as a pillow for those larger breeds who like sprawl out and at the same time have something on which to rest their heads.
Dogs, like humans, can develop bladder control issues as they age. Doggie diapers can provide some degree of a solution, but they are not really a pleasant answer for you or for your dog. Look for beds with a washable cover and invest in a waterproof liner.