Unique Dog Beds Going Beyond the Basics for Your Pampered Pooch

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Unique Dog Beds Going Beyond the Basics for Your Pampered Pooch

by Valerie Goettsch


You can get the usual rectangular, round, donut, nesting, bolster, or orthopedic dog bed, but when ordinary just won't do for your best friend there is a world of unusual choices in dog beds to satisfy your craving for the unique.

You can find unique dog beds in every style and shape you could possibly imagine. If you are looking for a fancy bed, there are many designs. Among the more unusual are dog beds that look like cars, beds for tiny teacup dogs that actually look like teacups, four-poster beds, sleigh beds, dog chaise lounges, wrought-iron beds, environmentally-friendly dog beds, and beds that look like miniature elegant sofas, or high-backed chairs. Along with elegant bed frames, you can also purchase mattresses similar to what people sleep on-scaled down, of course.

Want to keep your pup off the damp or cold ground? Try a cot-style design. A well-made cot bed will provide firm and even support without the need for a pillow. They're ideal for keeping your dog comfy on the porch or patio.

Do you like to take your dog camping with you? Does he try to share your sleeping bag to stay warm? No need to, if you have a dog sleeping bag. Depending on the model, it comes with a waterproof thermal mat that you insert into the bag to help keep your dog toasty warm. You can even get a-you guessed it-pup tent especially for your four-legged pal.

You can spend $50, $500, or for a really unique dog bed, even a thousand dollars or more. But when it comes right down to it, what counts is comfort and support for your dog.

So what should you look for when you buy a bed for your dog? A good bed is a matter of construction and quality. Your dog's personality also plays an important part. Before you settle on a style, think about how he likes to sleep. Does he curl up in a ball, or does he prefer to stretch out. If he likes to curl up (many small dogs love to), then a bed that he can snuggle down into would be a good style for him. Typically dog beds are constructed with polyfil or foam. The baffled polyfil provides more uniform comfort than regular polyfil, which can shift around. The egg-crate orthopedic-style foam is a good choice for older dogs or those with arthritis. High end beds may even be constructed with springs and coils like the mattresses most of us sleep on. Whichever bed you choose, look for one with a zip-out lining so you can launder it.

Basic bed or fancy-whether he's stretched out on a doggie chaise lounge, curled up in a canopied bed, or lounging on a regular rectangular bed-as long as it's comfortable, your dog will feel happy and secure in his safe haven.

Valerie Goettsch is webmaster of http://www.My-Favorite-Dog.com featuring articles and information on unique dog beds, puppy training & more



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