Are you fascinated by dog beds? Commercial dog beds are comfortable, but did you know that you can improvise a DIY dog bed at home with common filling materials? Find out more about DIY dog beds and more in today’s blog.
Cheap Alternatives to Dog Beds
If you have several dogs or one big dog that would take up the entire couch or bed when napping, dog beds are essential. Dog beds don’t just preserve your furniture; they also ensure that your dogs don’t spread disease throughout the household.
How Do I Make a Homemade Dog Bed?
Improvising dog beds isn’t a bad practice at all. If you have some DIY know-how, you can create a durable dog bed that will stand the test of time.
Next to the cover of the dog bed, the second most crucial factor that will affect the sufficiency of the dog bed will be the choice of filling.
- Fiberfill is popular because it’s naturally soft and cheap. However, it will eventually compact in time, which will make your dog bed deflate. It’s also hard to wash fiberfill dog beds.
- Memory foam is thicker and offers more cushions to canines. This filling material is better for dogs who have joint issues like arthritis. Naturally, bony breeds like greyhounds also need more cushioning to protect their bones, especially in advanced age.
- Aromatic wood chips deserve a spot on our list because they can take care of stinky odors quickly. However, it’s going to be a mess if your dog decides to make a chewing toy out of the dog bed.
Also, make sure that none of the wood chips will poke out, as these points can make the bed uncomfortable for your dog. You will notice the discomfort immediately. Frequent tossing and turning means the surface is not comfortable to rest on.
- Old clothes are excellent fill material for dog beds. Fortunately, we all have old stores of clothes that we no longer use. Mind using some for your canine friend?
- (NON-DIY)If you have a small dog, a giant pillow might be what the vet prescribed. Buy a large pillow, and your dog might love it. Just as with humans, dogs will prefer different kinds of pillows. If your dog loves resting on your bed and a specific type of pillow, you have your answer when it comes to pillow preference.
What Can I Use Instead of a Dog Bed?
You can improvise a dog bed at home with a bit of sewing know-how. Polyester and cotton covers are fine, but if your dog likes scratching and biting, expect your improvised dog bed to take some damage over time.
You can use a variety of filling materials to get the job done. The cheapest choice for filling material is fiberfill, and if you don’t want to spend on anything for your dog bed, use old clothes as filling material instead.
Dog Bed Pros and Cons
- Your dog gets a place of its own, and it happens to be snuggly and warm. Commercial dog beds are very comfy and soft but still provide enough support for the dog’s neck.
Senior dogs, in particular, may require dog beds more than the younger pups and adult dogs because they tend to suffer from joint issues and lots of body pain. Dog beds are particularly appreciated by the animals during winter when temperatures are chilly, and the floor is, as well.
- Having your dog sleep beside you is lovely – in the beginning. However, both owner and animal tend to have sleepless nights because of the tossing and turning and sometimes – snoring. Relocating your dog to its bed will result in better sleep quality for both beings.
- Your dog will eventually warm up to its bed. Then, you can bring its mattress on long journeys so it can be comfortable anywhere. Mattress-type is the easiest to get anywhere, and your dog will be right at home.
- It’s another accessory that you have to maintain and clean regularly if you don’t want your dog bed to smell bad.
- Dog beds tend to accumulate pathogens of all kinds, including MRSA and Bartonella henselae. On the other hand, it’s better to have these pathogens on your dog bed instead of your mattress if you let your dog sleep in the bedroom.
- AC-powered dog beds and blankets carry with them an unavoidable shock and fire hazard. We recommend getting battery-powered ones as these have a lower risk of fire and shock.
- Your pet will likely miss you. Pets like cuddling with their owners because of the body heat, and vice versa. How many pet owners out there consider their dogs and cats feet warmers?
How To Use a Dog Bed?
You can resort to clicker training to train your dog to use a new dog bed. First, use the “place” command for training your dog. Next, place a treat on the dog bed and click when the dog lies on the dog bed. Repeat until the new command is associated. The next step is to give the down command so your dog doesn’t just approach the bed; it lays down on it.
You will only need a few training sessions with your dog. Be sure to reward your dog each time. Clicker training only works with rewards – especially food. Dogs have a high food drive, mainly if you perform the activity before their main meals. Your dog has to want to be fed.
Do Dogs Need a Dog Bed?
Dog beds can absorb pathogens that would have otherwise spread through the couch, mattresses, rugs, etc. There are commercial dog beds on Amazon, but you can also create a dog bed at home.
Dog beds are necessary, especially if your dog has already been diagnosed with arthritis and other senior dog issues. In addition, dogs with internal problems and chronic pain will be able to rest better on a dog bed. As a general rule, the thicker the dog bed, the more comfortable it will be for your dog.