We know how tempting it can be to snuggle up with your dog in your own bed every night. This is beautiful bonding time! It’s so important to shower your pet with love and affection, especially since you may not get to see him or her very much during the work day. But did you know that having a calming dog bed and designated sleeping area for your pup can be not only beneficial to your pet’s health, but to yours as well? Here are five reasons why you should consider getting a calming dog bed and creating some sleep boundaries in your home:
1. Dogs need 12-14 hours of sleep per day.
Your dog, depending on his or her age, needs between 12 and 14 hours of sleep per day (puppies sleep 18-20 hours!). You can support your pet’s needs by creating one or more sleep sanctuaries around the house that uniquely belong to your pet. This separation can also train your dog to sleep in a pet bed at night, which is ideal. When dogs sleep with humans, they can be easily woken up in the middle of the night. It’s best for dogs to have their own calming dog beds that will allow for uninterrupted sleep -- and optimal health!
2. Sleep boundaries can be good for your health, too.
While some studies show that sleeping with your dog can be beneficial to you, health-wise, as a pet owner, it’s important to consider that dogs are carriers of parasites and staph infections that, if transmitted, can be harmful to your health (and especially to your child’s health). While we know it’s difficult to resist a nightly cuddle -- co-sleeping with your pet is, indeed, a very tough pattern to break -- we encourage you to be mindful of what your dog could be carrying in from the outside. Also, if you are a light sleeper, and your feisty pup hears a distant rustling in the bushes at 3am...well, we all know how that goes! It could be best to honor your sleep needs by creating a separate sleeping area for your beloved best friend. In short: take care of yourself first so that you can be the best pet parent possible!
3. Dog beds are great for easing anxiety.
If you are searching for an anti-anxiety dog bed, be sure to invest in top quality materials that have soothing properties. Calming donut cuddlers, for example, have a shaggy fur-like texture that resembles mom’s fur. These types of beds have a self-warming and soothing effect that is instantly calming. Your dog will be able to snuggle and burrow in the bed and experience a sense of comfort and ease during sleep time.
4. Dog beds are great for arthritis
If you have an older dog, it’s so important for you to have a supportive, calming dog bed. We suggest looking into an orthopedic nap mat, which can help to ease discomfort in dogs experiencing arthritis or other joint and bone disorders. These mattresses are made of high density foam and allow for a more even weight distribution that is perfect for elderly pets. If you want to add a soothing touch, you could try a calming shag fur nap mat or consider getting a calming fur blanket as well!
5. It will be easier to keep everything clean.
Even the best trained dogs can leave, well, surprises in your bed. If you have a calming dog bed that is super easy to wash and care for, you will save yourself time (and money, should you ever need to replace your human mattress due to a pup accident). You won’t feel the urge to wash your bedding daily and the need to replace your own blankets so frequently. Make sure that you get a dog bed that is durable and easily washable.
We hope you enjoy the process of creating a special space for your pet to rest. Each pet has different sleeping needs based on size, age and personality, so be sure to do your research. It could take you a few beds to figure out which one works best for each pet. You could, for example, find your cat cuddling up in your intended dog bed, or vice versa. Set yourself up to win by investing in quality materials and creating the most calming and inviting sleep area(s) possible!