Your dog is your best friend and most certainly deserves a comfy dog bed to rest in! When choosing your dog bed, you want to create a sanctuary that mimics the experience of mom’s fur, allows for burrowing and head resting, and supports your pup’s overall health. Here are 5 things to avoid when choosing a comfy dog bed:
Watch out for poor quality materials.
If you purchase a dog bed with poor quality materials, you will know in a day or two when your dog bed is torn apart, and foam pieces and fabric shreds are scattered across your living room! Avoid this fate by investing in top-quality materials, which you can actually do for a very reasonable price.
Our Calming Donut Shag Cuddler, for example, has a tough nylon material at the base that prevents tearing and resists dirt and water. The luxurious vegan fur is durable and also makes for a very comfy dog bed experience — which is, after all, what matters most.
Steer clear of toxic recycle fillers and chemical smells.
If your dog bed arrives with a strange smell, it can mean it was made with strange chemicals and unknown recycled fillings. And even if it smells just fine, you still definitely want to do your research. Unfortunately, the majority of pet beds on the market use recycle fiber fillings. Its cheaper for the manufacturer but not necessarily cheaper for the consumer. Worst of all, nobody knows what these recycle fibers are made from!
Cheaply-constructed dog beds can be toxic for both you and your pets. Cheap fiber fillings can include ingredients such as lead, arsenic, bromine, and phthalates — none of which you want your precious best friend resting on, or worse, ingesting. We use 100% virgin fiber fillings in our comfy dog beds.
Our AirLOFT® fibers are not only non-toxic — they also help our pet beds to maintain their shape up to three times longer than low quality recycled fibers do.
Avoid dog beds that are not entirely washable
We know you want to keep your comfy dog bed nice and clean for your beloved pup. You always want to make sure that your dog bed is washable – and when we say washable, we are referring to the entire dog bed, and not just the cover. :)
For one, dog bed covers are often impossible to put back on after just one washer/dryer cycle. And more importantly, you’ll want to keep your dog bed clean, inside and out, for the sake of your dog’s health. All of our dog beds – even our Novelty Pet Huts -- are washer and dryer safe. And yes, that means you can put the entire bed in the washer and dryer. How easy is that?
No digging space? No fun!
Dogs love to burrow — well, everywhere, really...and especially in their beds. That’s why you want to avoid flat (and to your pet, boring!) dog beds that limit opportunities for nesting, and nestling.
Our Donut Cuddlers, for example, feature soft and deep crevices that your pup can dig in, and rest in. These comfy dog beds both mimic the texture of mom’s fur and provide prime burrowing opportunities. To get a better sense of this plush and inviting magic, check out this video of the Calming Donut Shag Cuddler.
Avoid dog beds without head rests
If your dog bed has no head rest, you might find your dog nestling inyour blankets….while the dog bed collects dust in the corner. We know that many dog owners (us included) can’t resist a good night time cuddle in the human bed, but it’s also important for your dog to have an independent space for resting that will fully support her sweet little face and head. So do yourself a favor and make sure that your comfy dog bed has an elevated edge.
We wish you the very best of luck with your comfy dog bed search. We hope that you create the perfect resting space for your pup.