A dog can add so much to our lives and contribute massively to our well-being. Like any animal, a dog needs a comfortable, safe place to lie down and rest after a long day of playing, walking, and running around.

In order for your pooch to get the rest he or she needs, in a space that is all their own, a dog bed is a must-have investment. Dogs need a comfortable, high-quality mattress to sleep on if they are going to get a good night’s rest, and we should want our pets to be at their very best (for them and for us).

Key Facts

  • Consider your dog’s unique personality and how it enjoys sleeping before making a purchase.
  • It is common for people to let their dog sleep in the same bed as them, but once you start down that path, you can’t change it up, or your dog will become confused.
  • The best thing for a dog is to sleep inside, as having them sleep outside might frighten and confuse them and, depending on where you live, be dangerous for them.

Ranking: The best dog beds on the U.S. market

In the below section we have come with five of the best beds currently on the U.S. market. You will find the five most popular beds out there at the moment. We’ve provided a detailed breakdown of each product so that you will be able to find the best product for your dog and your home.

No. 1: DogBed4Less – Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed

DogBed4Less’ Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed comes in 6 great sizes that are designed to accommodate any size, age, and breed of dog. It comes with a waterproof liner and 2 external covers so you always have a clean, hygienic area to provide your dog. The external cover is machine washable, so if your elderly dog has an accident during the night, their bed can be easily cleaned to keep them comfortable. The 100 per cent solid memory foam is ideal for helping provide great sleep and comfort to dogs with joint pain.

This mattress is designed to be as, if not more comfortable then a human memory foam equivalent. The materials are of the highest quality and designed to stand the test of time. Additionally, this bed does not need to be just for older dogs and/or those with joint problems and pain. It is built to last so this is a great investment that can be used from the time you first bring your dog home, to its twilight years when back and joint pain become more common.

No. 2: PetFusion – Ultimate Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed

PetFusion’s Ultimate Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed comes in multiple different sizes and colors and is made out of high quality memory foam to give your dog a great sleep and resting area. The solid 6 inch foam mattress helps ensure superior comfort and relief from joint and arthritis pain. It is a 65-35 polyester-cotton blend that is non-irritating, feels great, and is ideal for thermoregulating in climates with wild temperature swings. The removable outer cover is completely machine washable, so this product is easy to clean and take care of.

It comes in four sizes – small, large, extra-large, and XXL Jumbo – so it can accommodate even the largest breeds. With PetFusion’s Ultimate Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed, your pet will prefer this space to the couch or your bed. The outer ridge of the bed also provides great head and neck support, and the waterproof liner helps ensure that the mattress is well-protected from any potential leaks and spills – which can be quite common with older dogs suffering from joint pain.

No. 3: Best Friends by Sheri – Calming Shag Vegan Fur Donut Cuddler

Best Friends by Sheri’s Calming Shag Vegan Fur Donut Cuddler comes in a range of sizes so it is perfect for all breeds and all ages. Because of its round shape, this is a great bed for dogs who like to curl up while they sleep. The faux shag fur will feel like a mother’s fur coat, and the materials are completely dog-friendly, so you don’t need to worry about adverse skin reactions. One of the nicest features of this bed is how easy it is to throw into the washing machine and dryer. The whole bed can be machine washed and dried, so there is really no downtime if there is a spill or accident.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that that is not a bed that is suitable for puppies who are teething or for dogs with excessive chewing problems. It is also important that you wait until the bed is thoroughly dry after washing to make sure that it doesn’t end up matting your dog’s fur. This is a great bed to have for colder climates, or for places that get extra cold winters, where the faux fur will definitely be appreciated by your dog – especially if it’s a short-haired breed.

No. 4: Amazon Basics – Pet Bed

Amazon Basics Pet Bed is a 20 inch pet bed that is made for cats or small dogs. It comes in either round or octagonal shapes, and is the ideal cozy, comfortable place for a small pet to curl up and take a nap. While this bed is completely machine washable in cool water, it should be line dried. It measures 20 x 20 x 6 inches, and comes with an Amazon Basics one year limited warranty. This is a great inexpensive bed that you can have more than one of to place in various places around the home so your pet always has somewhere comfortable to sleep.

Another nice feature of this product is the rounded sides for added comfort. It creates a 360 pillow where dogs will enjoy resting their heads and necks. This is also a great bed for a small dog who likes to sleep on the couch or bed because it can be used to help train them to prefer the bed over the couch or bed. It can also simply provide them with their own private space to retreat to during the night if they sleep with you. Weighing just one pound, this is an easy bed to pack up and take with you on the go when traveling with your dog.

No. 5: BarksBar – Large Orthopedic Dog Bed

BarksBar’s Large Orthopedic Dog Bed comes in two sizes: medium and large. The medium measures 32 x 22 inches, while the large measures 40 x 30 inches. This bed is ideally suited for medium to large breeds, though it can comfortably hold one or more smaller dogs as well. Easy capable of handling up to 100 pounds and made for dogs up to 36 inches long. It is made with premium materials to provide soft, comfortable, non-irritating sleeping and resting places, including an extremely soft polyester cover, a solid memory foam base, and a 360-degree padded cushion along the rim for resting weary heads and necks.

The luxurious quilted design looks great in any family home, especially in bedrooms and living rooms, and the built-in non-slip rubber on the bottom makes sure that your dog can get in and out without sliding around. The cover is completely removable and machine-washable on a gentle/delicate cycle. Put this bed down and you will quickly see how your dog takes to it and it becomes his or her new favorite sleeping place. A worthwhile investment whether you have a young dog you want to provide the best sleeps possible to, or an older one with joint problems.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about dog beds

Getting enough, good-quality rest is paramount for our mental and physical well-being and in order to do that, you need comfortable resting spaces. Before purchasing a dog bed, you should know what’s out there, so you know what to look for. In the below section we have addressed some of the most common dog bed queries:

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Does the right dog bed depend on your dog?

The short answer is yes. Big and small dogs have different comfort and space needs. While a small dog can absolutely make itself comfortable on a larger dog’s bed, the reverse is not true. These bigger breeds need beds that accommodate their weight and size, so they need a bed with good padding.

Furthermore, if your dog has a medical condition like arthritis (which is very common with older dogs) they will need a comfortable place to take the pressure off their bones and joints. Memory foam is the best option for these dogs. You also need to make sure the bedding materials are not going to irritate your dog’s skin.

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Can I place the dog bed in the garden?

Dogs are now widely considered as much a part of a modern family as any human being, so it is less and less common in the United States for dogs to sleep outdoors. Leaving your dog to sleep outside exposes them to the elements, which could be detrimental to their health. If, however, your dog likes their space and doesn’t mind sleeping in a more isolated area of your home, you can put their ped in their kennel, especially while it is mild out.

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You also need to consider what kind of predators your dogs are exposed to outside. There are stories in many parts of the United States of dogs being attacked and even killed by animals like coyotes and mountain lions, and getting into fights with rabid animals like raccoons and even cats.

Many dogs will also not be able to bear not sleeping in the same house as the rest of the family. This distress might provoke barking fits that can annoy neighbours around you. Thus for their health and their happiness, it is better to have your dog sleep inside.

Dog beds come in different sizes and styles.
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Can my dog sleep in my bed with me?

Everyone has to make this decision for themselves, but you should do some research into your dog’s breed and get to know its individual personality more before making that decision. Some dogs and breeds are highly independent and enjoy their alone time. They might sleep with you to appease you, but not be fully comfortable. So it is better to make this decision from the beginning.

As was touched on earlier, once your dog is accustomed to sleeping in various places (including your bed), it can be a hard habit to break. If you want your dog to sleep with you in your bed, you need to be prepared to commit to that decision, so they aren’t confused if you decide to change your mind. They might end up interpreting it as a punishment.

Is it a good idea to put my dog’s bed close to my bed?

Dogs are like humans and some snore a lot! Some also fart a lot or get up multiple times at night to drink and eat. This might end up keeping you awake, so you might have to decide whether it is better for them to sleep elsewhere.

If you aren’t thrilled about your dog sleeping in the same bed as you, you must make sure they follow your rules. You are the dominant member of the pack, and they shouldn’t do anything without your permission.

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Where should I put my dog bed?

Have your pet’s best interests in mind when choosing spots, but also think about your own good night sleep as well. Kitchens and living rooms tend to make good places. This is where the temperature tends to be the most constant, while not being in your room.

If your pet can’t stand being separated from you at night, you can put their bed in your room, but they may want to jump up on the bed with you. If you don’t want this, you have to be firm and make sure they understand you make the rules. Once you begin allowing them up, it might be hard to curtail it.

To make sure your dog uses their bed, make sure it is a comfortable one they will love.
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Where should my dog sleep if I have a small home?

Even if you don’t have much space to spare, you should designate a special area for dog beds and toys. As much as a dog loves you, it needs its own space too. The corner of a living room, or just off the kitchen is often a great spot to set them up. This way they can be close to you, but still isolated if they want to be.

It is important to know that whatever space you choose in the beginning will probably stay as your pet’s area for years to come, as dogs are creatures of habit. So make sure to choose somewhere comfortable, convenient and where you can tell your dog feels at ease.

What are orthopaedic dog beds?

Special dog beds that are built of memory foam are the best for dogs with joint and muscle issues. This foam forms to their body and posture. They are also just great options for any dog (healthy or otherwise) because they are extra comfortable.

You should always carefully consider the thickness of the mattress when choosing one of these dog beds. There are a wide variety of these kinds of dog beds available, with viscoelastic mattresses, with an endless number of models, shapes, material and prices.

A good, comfortable dog bed helps your pet sleep comfortably.
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What are the common sleep patterns for dogs?

Taking note of your dog’s sleeping patterns is a good way to tell how secure and happy they are. Dogs like to cuddle up to things while they sleep to feel safer. If you see your dog spasming while sleeping, they are likely having a dream.

If your dog sleeps stretched out, with its belly exposed, this means they are warm and feel secure. If they are hard to put to bed, or constantly move around while sleeping, it might mean their joints hurt.

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If your dog is having a nightmare, talk to them softly or say their name gently.

Is it a problem if my dog sleeps all the time?

Puppies typically spend up to 90 per cent of their day asleep, spread out across the day and sometimes at odd hours. As a dog ages, it is fully capable of adapting to its owners sleep routine. Adult dogs sleep around 14 hours per day, split up into a few small naps and about 8 to 9 hours at night.

Adult dogs should be kept active. If your dog sleeps more than it should, it may be a sign he or she is under-stimulated. If you find your dog sleeping excessively, and lacking the urge to get out and do things, talk to your vet because it may have a health or psychological issue.

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Sometimes people in the U.S. (especially in big cities) get dog breeds that require a lot of activity and stimulation to keep them healthy, but are unable to spend the time required making them happy.

What can I do to make sure my dog uses their bed?

If you have recently brought your dog home you will need to train it to certain behaviours, and there are specific tricks to do this. If you have a new and anxious puppy you might try letting them sleep with you for a few days while they get comfortable and then transition them over to their own bed.

For your dog to want to use his or her bed, it has to be comfortable. If you want to ensure they make a positive connection with their bed, try giving them a treat when they use it. Never force your dog to use a bed. If they don’t want to use the bed you got them, it might not be in the right location, or might be irritating their skin.

A dog needs a soft, safe, warm place to lie down to feel secure.
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What do I do if my dog destroys their beds?

Some dogs are habitual bed destroyers. It might be that they are overly playful, and it might mean they are agitated. Either way, constantly replacing beds can get quite expensive. Dogs like to chew on things because it builds jaw strength and keeps their teeth healthy. It makes sense to give your dog chew toys they can use to help meet those needs.

Aside from that, you can instruct your dog not to chew by firmly telling it “no” when you catch it. Take the bed away and the bring it back a short while later. If they resume chewing, repeat the process. If they don’t chew when you return it a second time, reward the good behaviour with treats and praise.

Shopping criteria

When looking for a dog bed there are a few important features to consider. Below we have laid out the most important of these. This will ensure you buy the best bed for your dog and your home to make sure they are getting the rest they need, as are you.

  • Stuffing
  • Materials
  • Style
  • Features
  • Size

Stuffing

In order to get their well-deserved rest after hours of walking or playing, the materials which fill the mattress on your dog’s bed will be key. Sleeping on the floor is not good for getting quality rest, especially if it is cold, so good support is vital for our four-legged friends.

Material Characteristics
Foam Common because it’s soft, durable, and cheap. Polyurethane foam is recommended for large dogs, which are heavier.
Cedar shavings Controversial. Many people like this material because it smells nice, it is cheap, and acts as a natural insect repellent.
Synthetic fleece It’s soft and fluffy, and is the most commonly used stuffing.
Cotton There are two characteristics of this material which make it unsuitable: it tends to become lumpy that makes it uncomfortable, and it picks up bad odours.
Soft foam A fluffy soft material ideal for smaller breeds. For large dogs, high-density foam is more suitable. For example, polyurethane foam is ideal for elderly dogs and/or those with joint issues.
Viscoelastic mattress Used in orthopaedic beds. Ideal for dogs with bone, joint or spine problems, as they are very comfortable and maintains the animal’s posture.

Materials

There are 2 primary considerations to take into account when choosing a bedding material: comfort and how easy it is to clean. You should know that certain materials are better and providing warmth, and others breathe better in warmer climates, so consider where you live before purchasing a bed. There are the following options:

  • Waterproof fabrics. They help guard against odors and wash easier. They can, however, be cold.
  • Synthetic leather or canvas. Easy to clean, but not overly comfortable.
  • Wood. Often mattresses will be fixed to some kind of base (wood, rubber etc.). These heavier materials are nice because they prevent slippage.
  • Plastic. Plastic is often found in beds made for outdoor use because of its waterproof quality, but plastic can become very hot in warm weather/climates.

Style

A dog bed and mattress style should be selected based on how your dog likes sleeping and resting. A dog’s body size is also important, as you don’t want paws and legs hanging over the sides. There is a wide range of sizes and shapes to choose from. These include:

  • Basic cushions. Mattress or mattress of rectangular shape normally, although they can also be square or round, and available in a great variety of sizes. They can be thinner or thicker. Better for dogs that have mobility problems.
  • Nest. These are basically mattresses with much higher edges. Dogs can feel more secure in these, but they are not great for hot weather.
  • Hammocks. These are usually manufactured out of some kind of fabric (like nylon) and a PVC plastic material. They can have holes for breathability and are great for warm, humid climates like the Southeast.
  • Igloo. These enclosed beds are great for privacy. They are nice for colder climates but are typically only purchased for smaller breeds.
  • Sofa style. These sofa-shaped beds are extra warm. They have head support, but are also open, as opposed to nest beds which are not.
  • Plastic beds. Plastic beds might seem less than comfortable, but they are great for female dogs about to have puppies. Also for older dogs with incontinence issues or those who are sick.

Features

Climate is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a dog bed. Some materials are made with hotter climates and in mind, while others are designed to keep your dog warm during cold winter months. Both shape and material combine to make beds suited for different times of the year and climate.

You should also carefully consider where you place the bed and the chances it will become dirty and wet. Outdoor beds should be waterproof, and indoor ones should be easy to clean – especially in areas of the house with a lot of dust.

It might not seem immediately obvious, but the climate is one of the most important considerations when choosing a bed.
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Size

It is paramount that a bed adequately accommodate your dog’s entire body to make sure they get good rest and have relief from any pain. Always buy a bed that is appropriate for your dog’s body size. Most dog beds on the market will offer the same product in different sizes.

It is also important to keep in mind that smaller dogs are more adaptable when it comes to bed size and mattress materials. Large dogs, however, need big enough and comfortable enough beds to support their larger size and mass. A large dog with a small bed is not a happy dog.

Summary

Just as a human needs to be able to lie down and take a load off after a hard day, so too do our canine friends. Getting adequate and comfortable rest for dogs is a large part of their quality of life and also how much joy they are able to bring to our lives.

There are myriad products on the market featuring a wide range of sizes, materials, and features that meet the needs of different animals. Sleep is an important component of any organism’s life, and dogs are no different. They should have a safe, warm, comfortable place to rest when they need to.

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