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This is how your dog sleeps properly - tips on the subject of dog beds

Just like us humans, our beloved pets also like to be cozy and comfortable. A healthy sleep and relaxed rest is just as important for our four-legged friends as it is for us. Therefore, your darling needs a separate place to sleep, where he can withdraw and rest. But there are a few things to consider when buying a suitable dog bed. We'll give you the best tips for choosing the right place to sleep.

How you make a bed, so you lie: This also applies to dog beds!



Restful sleep promotes health

It should be "dog-comfortable" - but there are dog beds in so many different shapes and designs that the selection is sometimes not so easy. Depending on the breed or size of the dog, there are a few things to consider. Some dogs spend up to 20 hours a day lying down, so it is important that you offer your pet an optimal place to sleep and lie down. In this way you are not only doing something for your dog's well-being, but also for the health of your dog. Especially at an advanced age, many dogs often suffer from various musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis or rheumatism. To avoid this as much as possible, you should ensure that your companion can lie on four paws as gently as possible - and that from an early age! It makes sense to have a dog sleeping area that offers the dog the opportunity to relieve the entire musculoskeletal system.

Find the right shape and size

The be-all and end-all of a comfortable and health-promoting dog bed is the right size: the dog should be able to stretch out and also have 20 to 30 cm of space so that it is not restricted in its natural sleeping position. A spacious place to sleep is particularly important if your dog likes to sleep stretched out. It is best to observe your darling a few times while they sleep, so you can quickly find out what their typical sleeping position is. Because every dog, like us humans, has its individual preferences when it comes to lying and sleeping and this should also be taken into account when choosing a dog bed. Depending on the situation, you can opt for dog beds with borders or dog baskets, beds without borders or dog pillows. Dog beds with borders or dog baskets are ideal for four-legged friends who like to cuddle up and lay their heads down. However, stretching out is only possible to a limited extent here. Dog beds without borders or dog pillows, on the other hand, are ideal for letting your dog lie soft and giving him enough freedom of movement. This makes them particularly gentle on the joints and prevents pressure points.

It all depends on the filling

In addition to the size, the filling of the bed is also decisive for the comfort of your four-legged friend. Pillows and fillings that are too hard, in particular, often cannot provide sufficient relief for a dog's sensitive joints when lying down. In addition, these do not adapt sufficiently to the anatomical conditions, which in turn means that they do not give enough in certain places with more stress. Especially foam flakes, which are used quite often as filling material in dog beds because they are very cheap, hardly offer any pressure relief. On the other hand, dog beds with viscose foam, which adapt to the dog's body and are breathable at the same time, are more recommendable. However, dog beds filled with micro-bead pillows, such as the Smoothy dog ​​beds, which are reminiscent of bean bags, are particularly adaptable. These are ideal for larger and heavier dogs in particular, as they optimally balance the weight and adapt perfectly to the shape of the body. But the ergonomic adjustment of the filling is also good for small dogs.

The cuddly dog ​​beds from Smoothy are optimally thought out orthopedically.


Proper cleaning

When buying the dog bed, make sure that the outer material is as dirt-repellent as possible. That makes cleaning the dog sleeping area a lot easier later. Covers that can be peeled off and washed are more hygienic and extend the life of the dog bed. Artificial leather is also an ideal cover, as this usually absorbs neither hair nor odors, is particularly scratch and tear-resistant and can also be machine-cleaned at 30 degrees. The following applies when washing the covers: use a detergent without fragrances and leave out the fabric softener. This can irritate the sensitive nose of your four-legged friend and even trigger allergies!

If you then set up your favorite's cot in a suitable place (as classic pack animals, dogs like places where the family can also be found, such as the living room), where it is quiet and he can still watch everything and there is no draft , nothing stands in the way of a restful sleep!


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