Based on the guidance we got from experts, as well as our own research, we compiled below some of the best dog beds to keep your pet safe, comfortable and well-rested, including options for larger dogs, orthopedic-first designs, outdoor-ready dog beds and more.
1. Amazon’s bestselling dog bed: Furhaven Pet Plush Orthopedic Sofa
Amazon’s top selling dog bed boasts a 4.5-star average rating from more than 42,300 reviewers. The L-shaped sofa is wrapped in easy-to-clean microsuede and features an orthopedic foam cushioning for support and plush faux fur lining to help keep your canine companion snug while they catch some Zs. It’s available in sizes Small for pups weighing up to 20 pounds to Jumbo Plus, made for dogs weighing up to 125 pounds. Choose from 17 colors, ranging from Chenille Cream and Waves Brownstone to Celadon Green and Rose Pink.
Dogs can experience anxiety for all sorts of reasons — from an owner’s departure to loud, overwhelming noises. While it’s important to talk to your vet about identifying and treating the exact cause of anxiety, the right bed — featuring elevated walls or an enclosed enclave — can go a long way in helping them self-soothe, according to Varble. Made with warming materials that don’t require the use of electricity, this bed features a first layer that traps heat and a second layer that relays it back to your dog for an added feeling of security.
Backyard activities or hiking adventures call for a bed that isn’t just waterproof, but that can stand up to the elements and keep your dog safe — this washable, portable and waterproof bed checks those boxes. “If you’re going to be camping or allowing your dog to sleep outside where you are, that may be a situation for an outdoor-friendly dog bed,” said Corrigan. Access to shade is equally as important as comfort when your dog is outside, and this dog bed’s removable canopy gives you the flexibility to handle both shaded and unshaded spaces. Whether you live in a warmer climate or your dog gets overheated quickly, Corrigan said a raised bed like this one — its mesh cover allowing air to circulate underneath — is a good option. “It’s basically a hammock,” said Varble. “It keeps them off the grass, cement or patio. Plus, if it gets wet or dirty, it can be easily cleaned with some dishwashing soap and the hose.”
Small dogs, which weigh under 30 pounds, and toy breeds, which weigh under 20 pounds, “need an option that makes them feel safe and often that means one that has sides or comes up around them to make them feel secure and less anxious while they relax,” said Varble. With its built-in blanket and flexible faux-fur walls, the Cozy Cuddler allows your dog to both burrow or stretch out. Lighter dogs might also prefer a softer feel that they can sink into, which its plush cushioned interior provides.
The right size will allow your dog to lie sideways and stretch their legs out fully without their legs falling over the side of the bed, according to Corrigan. In this Big Barker dog bed, seven inches of therapeutic foam (the same used in human mattresses that won’t flatten over time, according to the brand), allow your dog to feel supported, while taking pressure off of their joints.
Older, large breed dogs, which Varble defined as five to seven years old and weighing anywhere from 75 to 100 pounds, are more prone to developing arthritis and may benefit from extra padding and support, which you’ll get from this PetFusion orthopedic bed. It’s made out of durable polyester, cotton and generously filled support pillars. While Virginia Corrigan, DVM, MPH, assistant professor of community practice at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, said dogs with arthritis or other types of chronic pain sometimes prefer to sleep on a cold, hard surface like the floor, it’s helpful to give them comfortable options that are designed to react to and support their joints better than a standard dog bed.
If you’re not quite sure where you or your dog fit into any of the above categories, a safe bet is Casper’s dog bed. It features both pressure-relieving and supportive foam technology to help even the pickiest of pups rest easy. What’s more is that it works double time as an activity: Its extra layer of (washable) bonded microfiber material is designed to mimic the feel of sand, so they can sink their paws into it without the mess of going outside. When they’ve tuckered themselves out, foam bolsters lining its sides operate as supportive pillows. “Remember dogs and cats spend up to 14 to 16 hours of their day sleeping, so make sure they have a good spot to dream,” said Dana Varble, DMV, chief veterinary officer for nonprofit North American Veterinary Community.
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