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!
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!
Once you know what size of bed your pet will need, you may want to consider the following before making your choice:
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!
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.
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.
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 cosy beds and blankets available there's no excuse!
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.
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...
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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