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Why Your Dog Needs A New Pet Bed

Big dog sleeping on bed

According to a CDC survey, Americans love sleeping with there pets more than other cultures around the world. Approximately 60% of American households have pets, and 45% of dog owners are letting their dogs sleep in their beds, while 20% crate their dogs, and 17% use a designated dog bed. An online home designing platform called Houzz surveyed 10,000 pet owners around the world to find that the American people favor sleeping with there pets. But what are the pros and cons of doing so, and is a designated dog bed the best option for pet owners?

Cons of Sharing a Bed With a Dog.

(1) Asthma and pet allergies

Approximately 10% of the general public suffers from asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, nearly one-third of people exhibit allergies to dogs and cats. If you possess either of these characteristics, you should not let your pet sleep with you. 

The difference between pet allergens compared to others are that they adhere to different surfaces they come in contact with via artifacts like pet hair. This allows allergens to stay on surfaces for long periods of time, even after the pet has left the vicinity.

(2) Susceptibility to illness.

According to the CDC, approximately 60% of known pathogens can be transmitted by animals, and this causes a differential risk factor in consideration other than allergies. 

Through vaccinations and proper hygiene, it can be acceptable to sleep with your pet, but there is still a risk.

The CDC has warned that sharing a bed with your pet can be just as harmful as a tongue to tongue contact with an animal, as far as the spread of zoonotic diseases.

(3) Interruption of sleep.

While the disruption of sleep from a pet may be in perspective to the size of the animal, other disturbances like barking can keep one up at night, assuming they are in close vicinity. In particular, dogs have dreams like ours, which can cause them to grunt, kick, and scratch in their sleep. Not to mention you have to worry about your pooch attempting to hog the entire bed from you due to dominance confusion issues they may be struggling with.

(4) Dominance and aggression.

Animals speak a universal language of territoriality. Thereby, when you allow an animal to sleep in your bed, you are granting them access to a loft-like space. This can cause them to raise aggression as you are officially in their kingdom now. To avoid this confusion with the animal kingdom, issue a particular designated sleeping area.

(5) Interference with intimacy in couples.

By allowing your dog to sleep with you in a couple’s environment, certain challenges can arise. A key factor of intimacy is togetherness and touch, and if your animal is used to sleeping between the two of you, they may cause a fit when a sensual mood arises.

Pros of Having a Dedicated Pet Bed.

There are several benefits to allocating space for your animal to sleep, a space that the pet can call there own, like a tank to a fish, so try not to invade their area or use it as punishment. You wouldn’t take an algae eater out of the tank because algae build up on the glass, would you?

– Dog beds are warm, support arthritic joints, and prevent calluses on the animal’s feet. Take a look at https://www.smartpettoysreview.com/best-indestructible-dog-beds-for-heavy-chewers/ for some great advice on buying dog beds.

– A designated pet bed is a space owned solely by the pet.

– Your pet may feel more comfortable during car rides if you bring the dog bed with you.

– You will miss the midnight oops that happens when your dog has to use the restroom, and you aren’t awake to let them out.

– You do not have to worry about putrid smells rubbing off on your sheets if your dog gets into something that smells bad.

– A dog bed can be used as a sleeping place during the day or at night.

Illustration of puppy sleeping on dog bed

What options are available in dog bedding?

(1) Flat pads or mats – These mats are economically feasible and also fit inside of dog carriers as well.

(2) Nestling or snuggling beds – These dog beds are similar to bean bag chairs that are typically favored by smaller dogs that like to curl up.

(3) Cuddle or nest beds – These begs are made in an oval-shaped fashion. 

(4) Bolsters – These beds have one side with a built-in pillow. They are commonly found fond of by larger dogs.

(5) Doughnut shaped beds – With a removable center pillow, these beds are made in a circular fashion.

(6) Waterproof dog beds – This bedding is good for pets while still learning how to appropriately care to there bodily functions and outdoor use.

(7) Homemade dog beds.

If you are going to make your dog bed, be sure to use safe materials that will uphold if your dog likes to chew. There are several tutorials on how to make your own that can be found on YouTube as well as online DIY articles.

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The Importance Of A Good Pet Bed

Why does my pet need a bed? And how do I choose the right one?

These are great questions any pet owner should ask themselves. Often the pet bed is considered secondary to food and toys. But this is a mistake.

It’s very similar to what is happening with humans too. We spend more money on our computers, going out to dinner, or toys, than on our beds. Even though, the quality of our sleep is one of the biggest factors in our happiness. When we sleep well, we are happier and more effective. We learn better so we become even more effective.

Our sleep is really the critical element in our learning and training. Without it, we are not only less happy but we are also creating more unhappiness in the future.

So the same applies to our dogs of course. Sure, dogs seem like they can sleep anywhere. But for a dog to feel fully secure and rest completely, they need to have their own place. A place where they know they won’t be disturbed. A pet bed that supports their body, stops bugs and bacteria from growing and can withstand some playful bites.