Your dog is truly your best friend and likely considered a member of your family, so you want to provide the best for your dog in all areas of its life. From food to bathing, taking them on regular walks, and providing them with a soft cozy bed to sleep in, your goal is to look out for your dog's health and well-being. When it comes time to buy a dog bed for your pet, there are some important considerations to remember so you select the right bed the first time. The following is a list of recommendations to help you shop for a dog bed that will be perfect for your pet.

Look For the Right Size

One of the first things of importance in your dog's new bed is it needs to be the right size. You don't want to buy a bed that your dog barely fits into, so you should purchase one that is large enough. If you are not sure, it is best to buy the next size up so you don't short-change your dog. 

It can be helpful to measure your dog before you head to the pet store or begin searching online for the right bed. When your dog is asleep, measure their length from their nose to their back feet and add a few inches to each end. This can help you select a bed at its widest length, which will comfortably fit your dog. If you own a large breed of dog, for example, look for an extra-large dog bed so they are comfortable while they sleep; otherwise, they might look for another location to sleep, such as your bed. 

Consider the Bed Style

There are many different styles of dog beds you can choose from. You can find a bed that is circular with puffy sides to help your dog cuddle up when they sleep, or you can find one with a cover to further provide them their own cocoon environment, especially if they love to cuddle under blankets. If your dog has a lot of thick fur, such as a Saint Bernard, look for a large bed that is cot-style and raised off the floor. This will provide them with extra air circulation to help them sleep more coolly.

Look For Ease of Cleaning

Your dog's bed is going to likely get well used, which means it will begin to absorb some of the odors that your dog collects. To help you with this task, look for a dog bed that is washable in its entirety or is covered in a washable cover. Having a washable cover is the best option because sometimes the filler within the dog bed will become worn out or ball up if you were to wash it. And if you have chosen a dog bed made with memory foam, plan for more regular washing because memory foam can absorb odors.