Dog Beds

How To Choose The Right Bed For Your Cocker Spaniel

There are many types of dog beds available today.

You'll find designer beds, for discerning dogs and owners, to a very simple cushion or pillow type bed for those who're not so fussy and perhaps more concerned with comfort than design!

And...they come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and materials!

Your Cocker Spaniel will likely spend a long time in his bed, so it's important to choose one that will not only help keep him warm, cosy, and comfortable, but will be the right size for him too.

Let's have a look at how best to determine the right size of bed for your pampered pooch!


How To Choose The Correct Size Of Bed For Your Dog

Most dogs curl up before going to sleep and would happily sleep in that position all night.

Others, however, like to lie on their back, fully stretched, or on their side, legs outstretched.

Your pet needs to be able to stretch out fully without resorting to hanging his body or his head over the edge of the bed.

Whatever position he sleeps in, his bed needs to be big enough to accommodate his entire head and body, so it's really important to buy the right size.

To make sure you get the right size bed for your Cocker Spaniel, simply measure from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail and then add 30 cm (12") for comfort - that should do it!




Tips For Choosing Dog Beds

Once you know what size of bed your pet will need, you may want to consider the following before making your choice:

  • If your Cocker Spaniel is getting on in years, he may benefit from a specialist dog bed for older or arthritic dogs. An orthopedic bed can help to support and cushion his old bones and arthritic joints.
  • There is a selection of orthopedic beds available with pillows that can be gently warmed in the microwave - neat!
When it comes to choosing dog beds, it's important to get it right.
  • To keep him cool in the summer, you can also buy a gel pad that you can either freeze or put in the refrigerator and then place under the cushion in his bed.
  • If your pet likes to snuggle down on a cushion, he may prefer the circular or square pillow-type beds.
  • If your house is draughty, you may want to consider the nest type of bed which has raised edges on three sides, and will protect him from any cold draughts.
  • Your Cocker Spaniel will feel more protected in a bed with sides and will often rest his muzzle on the raised edge or use it as a pillow!
  • If his sleeping area is prone to dampness, you may like to consider the plastic bed with a soft pillow or cushion insert - dog crates are ideal for keeping out the damp.
  • The bed should be machine-washable to allow you to keep it clean and bacteria-free. Would you be happy washing your dog's bed by hand every week? No. I didn't think so!

Unfortunately, when we bought our first dog bed for Max, we didn't get it quite right.

Although the main bed itself was washable on a gentle wash cycle, the pillow insert wasn't.

The first time the pillow was washed the filling clumped together into one solid ball rendering the pillow unusable.

Rather than throw it away, we resolved the problem by unpicking some of the stitching at one end of the pillow, removing the lump of filling and replacing it with bean bag filling (fire retardant of course!).

His bed is good as new and it's now more comfortable than ever! Max squirms around on it until he gets it into the shape he wants, before settling down with a contented sigh!

Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes - just look at this perspex bed!

Because the price of dog beds can vary quite considerably, I recommend that you decide how much you want to spend and then research the market fully to make sure you get the best price.

Bed, Crate, or Both?

There are many dogs who don't have a bed, but sleep in a crate with a couple of dog blankets or a fitted piece of vet bedding; however, there are also many dogs which have both!

Crates can provide a safe haven for both puppies and dogs, providing their own special area where they can go when they want peace and a quiet place to rest.

Dog crates are also a great help if you're still potty training your puppy!

If the traditional, soft dog beds don't float your boat and you'd like to learn more about crate training your pup (or adult Cocker - it's never too late!) you'll find our comprehensive article on crate training your puppy  and crate training your dog, very useful.


Relevant Titles in the Dog Beds and Sleeping Arrangements Series

Beds and Sleeping Arrangements

Separate arrangements should be made for sleeping dogs if you're to avoid challenges to your role as alpha male. With such a diverse range of comfy beds and blankets available there's no excuse!

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie!

Dog beds need to be comfy - this one certainly looks like it!

Allowing sleeping dogs in your bed can be dangerous - we recommend you give it some serious consideration before you decide to allow your Cocker Spaniel onto your bed - controversial discussion follows.

Types Of Beds For Our Dogs

There are many styles of beds available for our dogs; from designer beds, rugs, mats, nests, to plain blankets. However, before making your choice there are several points we recommend you consider...

Designer Beds

There was a time when our pets where happy with a couple of blankets thrown into a cardboard box! Today, however, novelty and designer dog beds are sold almost everywhere.


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