50 Luxury Dog Beds
Are dogs beds a relative recent phenomenon?
Mostly likely not. The wealthy of many societies treated dogs as special pampered companions. Among the wealthy, only hunting dogs were kenneled outside while most other dogs slept with their masters or mistresses. For the rest of the pet owning population, dogs were often considered a utilitarian animal kept to perform many roles such as protection, hunting, herding, pulling loads, etc. Their companionship, however, has given canines the label, "man's best friend". It's no wonder, therefore, that among the 62% of Americans who own pets, seven out of ten times, it's a dog. Consequently, a huge industry has developed around "man's best friend" that includes veterinarian care, canine special foods, clothing, and accessories that range from dog collars and toys to dog houses, dog doors, and dog beds.
So why should you have a bed for your canine friend?
- - An elevated dog bed acts as an insulator. Without it, a dog is forced to deal with the discomfort of chilly or overheated floor boards, carpets or tiles in the winter. In the summer a similar situation can be found in air conditioned rooms.
- - If you are dealing with an aging, big or overweight dog, a good dog bed is able to support the weight of the dog as well as temporarily relieve the stress on joints and bone while it sleeps.
- - A dog bed will restrict more of your dog's hairs onto one accessible space for easy cleaning, alleviating the build-up of dirt, hair, and dander throughout one’s house
- - Training a dog to use his own bed prevents unnecessary wear and tear on the furniture Your furniture will stay in better condition- no sagging, fraying etc.
- - Having his /her own bed, gives a dog a sense of privacy and security.
If your dog or dogs have usurped your couch, chair, or the most popular spot, your bed, much to your dismay, it’s probably time to introduce the family canine to their very own dog bed. Some pet families enjoy cuddling up with their dog, but it is also important to give your pet(s) a place of their own. By properly introducing them to their new dog bed, you can help your dog get comfortable by using positive reinforcement. Hiding some healthy dog treats inside, cuddling with your pet on the new dog bed, or perhaps giving them a new bone to chew when they are lying on their bed are all supportive experiences that will help persuade your canine that the new dog bed really does belong to them. Don’t be surprised if your dog is a bit skeptical of their new bed for the first few days. It’s not that unusual.
Choosing the best shape and size dog bed.
With a variety of shapes, colors and sizes to choose from, looking for dog beds that offer style and comfort while featuring durable and washable fabric, can be overwhelming. Which bed will be the best fit for your specific dog? Some sites recommend that dogs who enjoy rolling around and sleeping on their backs, a standard large round or square pillow-type bed is an excellent option since these are soft, roomy and above all, spacious. However, for obese of seniors dogs a special orthopedic bed with firm foam construction will provide almost-custom support to the body. Some suggest that a nesting bed with sides is better for a small pup or for dogs that like to sleep in a curled up position. But these are all just suggestions. After all canine bed manufacturers want to have as many different canine bed designs as possible.
Selecting a bed that is the correct size for your dog requires you to take the measurement of your dog while it is lying flat, and completely stretched out. You don’t want your dog to hang off the bed. If your pet's measurements are in-between sizes, always purchase a larger sized dog bed.
The GoodNightDog Bed Design
After having a variety of dogs for over 40 years now, we have found at GoodNightDog, that the round, plush dog bed design is the most accommodating for the majority of dogs. Since dogs naturally seek out a comfortable place to relax and rest, every dog benefits from having his/her own dog bed for lounging and sleeping. Our designs allow dogs more freedom to lay any which way they like. Finding a bed that ends up being the dog's favorite place to curl up and fall asleep is made easy at GoodNightDog.com. Our dog beds are durable, washable, and made from stylish fabrics. Quality construction and durable materials means a dog bed will last longer and be more comfortable for the dog.
That’s what we want for you and your dog.
Reasons To Give Your Dog A Massage
Seriously? A dog massage?! This the response some people might have when they hear you say that you are thinking about massaging your dog. Just as with humans, massaging your dog can relieve pain and stress, as well as calm nerves.
Rubi Sullivan, CSAMP (certified small animal massage practitioner) explains that “massage is a gentle and non-invasive therapy that is a great way to maintain your dog’s health and well-being, as well as regular veterinary visits.”
Here are the Benefits:
Massage can benefit a dog any age. It is easy and obvious to see improvement in your dog’s mobility, but not as easy to observe the increase the movement of your dog’s body fluids. The increased fluid circulation can flush toxins from the body. Massage can also relieve your dog’s pain and stress. Stress can be displayed in many physical ways and can contribute to a variety of illnesses.
Reduction of Stress and Easing of Muscle Restrictions:
Just as people, dogs get muscle knots and stiffness. Just as massage helps people, dog massage helps alleviate these knots and stiff areas. Precisely, dog massage will help to relax and detach the connective muscle tissues. This will allow the body fluids to pump freely through the area. When fluids can move easily, it decreases pain and stiffness.
As dogs begin to age, they can develop a variety of health related problems associated with the aging process. Arthritis and joint problems can contribute to a loss of flexibility and mobility. Dog massage can afford a better quality of life for our animals by increasing movement and flexibility as well as just making them feel better in general.
Should I Massage My Arthritic Dog?
Arthritis is a degenerative disease that causes pain, soreness and stiffness in a dog’s joints, specifically the hips, lower spine and knees. It also affects the elbows and shoulders, but less severely. Massaging your older dog’s muscles for a few minutes every day will help slow down the degenerative process of arthritis. In addition, massage can help relieve some of your dog’s pain and reduce some of the muscle tension associated with the disease.
Please watch this short video if you want to learn more about massaging your best friend.