Dogs are not just pets, they’re family. We are all proud and loved up pet parents and we owe them the luxury of a good day / night / whenever restful sleep!
This is where calming dog beds come into their own.
A good night’s sleep in a good dog bed has many benefits which we talk about in this post.
Keeping them calm and happy is no easy task. Dogs can become anxious or stressed out when their environment changes for the worse. An anxious dog is an unhappy one.
For instance, moving to a new home or getting a new pet can cause stress in your dog that leads to behavioral problems, such as excessive barking and chewing on furniture.
I know that our beloved Cockerpoo Ted struggled when we moved home 10 years ago and I wish that these beds had been popular and known about back then! We swear by our donut shape bed that we use for Ted as it provides him with a cozy environment and the raised rim creates a secure place to rest and sleep.
Also, dogs love to sleep a lot. They sleep for about 12-18 hours a day, depending on their age. Just like you, they need a comfy bed to catch those z’s on!
Although you might find your pup occasionally, or often(!), snuggled close to you during the night, dogs do still need to have their own bed. I know our dog prefers his own space.
Small dogs, medium-sized dogs, large dogs and very large dogs! Whatever the size – they all need to have their own chill out and safety zone.
This is even more important if your dog does not co-sleep with you. It’s even more important for your dog to have a cozy spot to sleep rather that just lying down on the floor.
In this blog post, we will discuss how calming dog beds can help with all manner of issues for dogs of all breeds and whatever their sleeping habits!
What is a calming dog bed, and how does it help calm your pet?
A calming dog bed is a type of bed that has been specifically designed to help calm your pet. They can also be referred to as an anti anxiety beds.
Calming pet beds work by providing a sense of security and comfort to dogs. You will have seen a group of puppies snuggled next to each other and their fur Mama when they are just a few weeks old. Lying this close to their littermates and against their fur Mama gives them their first feeling of safety and comfort and they never lose this sense of safety and touch.
The extremely soft outer fabric (you will have also seen the soft faux fur material beds featured across the internet and social media) is like the mother’s fur coat and the raised padded sides help to mimic the feeling of being in a mother’s womb, which can be very calming for dogs.
The best calming dog beds will have a premium inner filling allowing your dog to sink into it. They often have deep crevices to allow your pooch to burrow, hide their treasured treats and toys and snuggle down for a well earned sleep.
Additionally, many of these beds are filled with special materials that release a scent that helps to calm dogs down. This can be especially helpful for dogs who are anxious or stressed out. The beds are filled with pet safe materials like lavender, chamomile, or valerian root, which have all been shown to be effective at helping to soothe and relax anxious dogs.
By giving your dog a comfortable bed to relax and sleep, you can help to keep them calm.
Are calming beds for dogs good? The Science…
There is now some scientific evidence to suggest that a a good night’s sleep will improve your dog’s memory and ability to learn. It is certainly our experience that a good dog bed provides a comfortable den and space just for them when they need it.
Anna Kis of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and members of the well-known Family Dog Project, the largest dog research group in the world founded in 1994 by Vilmos Csányi, Ádám Miklósi and József Topál ‘to study the behavioral and cognitive aspects of the dog-human relationship’ decided to explore the relationship between sleep and memory in companion dogs.
The findings from the research carried out by Kis, A. et al. called ‘The interrelated effect of sleep and learning in dogs (Canis familiaris); an EEG and behavioural study’ provides the first evidence of the ‘interrelated effect of sleep and learning in dogs’.
This suggests that a ‘sleep-dependent memory consolidation’ takes place in this species, similar to the process for humans. We all know how many benefits we take from a good rest!
In addition to the potential health benefits, there are also practical reasons why you might want to consider buying your dog a calming bed. If your dog is anxious or stressed, they may be more likely to bark or chew on furniture, which can be destructive and not just annoying to you.
A calming bed can help redirect your dog’s energy positively, so they are less likely to chew on the couch or destroy other household objects and they will feel happier and calmer. For example, they are great for burrowing and hiding those special toys and treats!
There’s no doubt that dogs can get anxious and stressed out. This is especially true in environments where they’re not used to being, like a new home or when their owner is away and in situations such as fireworks and thunderstorms.
A calming dog bed can help them relax and feel more at ease and when this is used together with proper training and vet-directed treatment if necessary, you can help reduce your pup’s stress.
The Benefits of a Calming Dog Bed
The benefits go beyond just reducing anxiety. They can also help improve your dog’s overall health and well-being. Here are some of the key benefits:
* Reduces stress and anxiety
A calming dog bed can help reduce your dog’s stress levels, especially in new or stressful environments. This is important because too much stress can lead to a variety of health problems, including digestive issues, heart disease and even cancer.
* Promotes relaxation
A calm dog is a healthy dog! When your dog is relaxed, they’re less likely to get into trouble and will be more responsive to training. A calming bed can help create an environment of tranquility for your pup.
* Keeps your dog comfortable
If you’re looking for a new bed or mat, why not choose one that will keep your dog relaxed and happy? A calming bed can help them feel more at ease when they need it most.
It doesn’t just have to be in stressful environments; dogs who spend lots of time in one spot (like inside during a storm) can also benefit from having a designated calming bed.
* Reduces separation anxiety
When you’re away from your dog, the last thing you want is for them to be anxious and stressed out. A calming bed can help reduce your dog’s separation anxiety, making it easier to leave them alone for extended periods of time.
* Improves overall health
A calming bed can also help improve your dog’s mental and physical health, which in turn reduces the chances that they will develop any diseases or conditions related to stress. It goes without saying that a healthier pet is one who has less chance of getting sick.
* Boosts confidence
For some dogs, especially puppies and timid adult breeds, a calming bed can help boost their overall confidence. This is also something that will make them more receptive to training and socialization with other pets or people.
* Head and Neck Support
Many calming beds help support your dog’s head, reducing the stress on their neck and other joints.
* Support for Other Joints
Just like us, as dogs get older, they may develop health problems like arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other joint issues. To help with these issues, a supportive dog bed is vital to cushion your pup’s body while providing relief from the pain associated with these health problems.
A comfy dog bed also supports the joints of developing puppies too which means they’ll get better sleep too – what more could you ask for!
Why are donut beds calming for dogs?
A calming donut dog bed is a popular choice for dogs because they give a sense of security and comfort because of their shape and raised edges. They provide the perfect place to curl up in.
These are also known as dog donut cuddler beds. The bed’s round shape mimics the shape of a dog’s mother, which can be comforting for them.
The raised rim around the edge of the bed helps to keep dogs feeling secure as they sleep. This is especially beneficial for anxious or restless dogs. It can also provide head and neck support.
What are pet calming beds made of?
It is important to find a bed that is made from high-quality materials.
Most calming dog beds are made of a super soft filling – a type of soft, low heat foam that is specifically designed to mimic your dog’s body heat which comforts and calms them as they feel like they are lying next to a littermate or fur Mama. The foam is usually very soft, which allows dogs to sink into it and feel secure.
They can also be made from orthopedic memory foam for muscle pain relief.
Some pet calming beds also contain aromatherapy ingredients, such as lavender oil. These ingredients are known to have a calming effect on both dogs and humans.
How do you wash a calming puppy bed?
It is important to find a bed that can be easily washed as dogs can drag in all sorts and there is always a risk of fleas!
A good idea is to find a bed with a removable cover. You may also be able to find a dirt resistant bed. Dirt resistant is a feature that some may consider a big factor in choice of pet bed.
Consider this – you may need a pet bed that is fully machine washable – inner and outer! Accidents do happen! Some beds may be completely machine washable.
You can either hand wash the bedding in cold water or place it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle. Be sure to use a mild detergent and avoid bleach. It is also important to air dry the bedding, as heat can damage the fabric.
How to choose the right size of bed for your pup
There are a few things to consider when choosing the right size of bed for your furry friend.
The first is the weight and size of your dog. You want to make sure that the bed is big enough for them to stretch out on, but not too big that they can easily fall off or bury themselves in the stuffing.
When sleeping or relaxing, dogs get into lots of different (and often unique!) positions: stretched fully out belly up and down, curled up, on their back, on their side and every which way!
When it comes to choosing the right bed for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you’ll want to select a bed that is the right size for your dog. If they’re too small, they may be uncomfortable and not sleep as well. A good rule of thumb is to measure from their front paw to the back of their hips. This should give you an idea about how big or small your dog needs to be in order to fit comfortably on the bed.
It should be large enough for them to lie comfortably in all their natural and favourite positions.
Once you’ve selected a size, it’s important to find a bed that is made from comfortable materials. Dogs can be quite fussy about their sleeping surfaces, so you’ll want to make sure the bed is soft and cozy.
It’s also important to choose a material that is easy to clean. If the bed is made from nylon, for example, it will be easier to wash after your dog has used it. If the cover of the bed is made from a synthetic material that can’t be washed in a washing machine, you’ll want to find something that’s easy to spot-clean using only mild soap and water.
Finally, look for a calming dog bed that comes with some kind of orthopedic support. A lot of traditional beds don’t offer this, but it can make a big difference in helping your dog sleep better and feel more comfortable throughout the night.
Many issues can arise by having your pooch trying to get some shut-eye in the wrong size dog bed including:
- Sore joints from not getting enough support.
- Sore muscles from being cramped in a small space.
- Not enough restful sleep.
- Hip and back problems.
You can make sure that you get the right bed by actually measuring your beloved pooch!
- Get yourself a tape measure and measure them from the tip of the nose to the tail.
- Then measure your dog from shoulder to shoulder at the widest point. That’s the minimum width that the bed should be.
- Then add 6 to 12 inches to the final number to give your pooch that room they need to spread out.
- It can be safer to go up a size and invest in a bigger dog bed. It is not uncommon for dog owners to underestimate how much space their dog needs to be comfortable.
Different Types of Calming Dog Beds
Calming dog beds come in various sizes, colors, and types.
Which type of bed is best depends upon the sleeping habits of your fur baby!
For those pooches that just like to sprawl every which way! They need a lot of room and like to use the whole of the bed. They often show us some funny poses!
Curling and Nesting
These fur babies like to curl up to sleep. Our Ted prefers the comfort of curling and this reminds them of being with their littermates , in the pack and preserves heat and provides that protected, secure feeling. They can fit into most sized and shapes of bed!
Lean On Me
Our Ted loves a bit of leaning too. They just love to lean their heads against something and enjoy that nesting or burrowing feeling. Donut and bolster beds are ideal for our leaners.
Here are some of the styles that are available –
These have become extremely popular and our pooch Ted is a massive fan! They are named after their round donut shape. They offer the perfect shape for a nap or a place to relax and snuggle, with a raised edge to give that much needed head support. Ted likes nothing better than resting his chin on the edge whilst watching the world go by. These are a great choice for small dogs and medium dogs.
The above photo really is of our Ted on a recent trip away!
Bolster beds for dogs have a padded pillow that wraps around one or more sides of the bed – usually featuring a raised edge on three sides. Again, these provide a protective and cozy space for those all important snoozes and time outs. These are a great option for all dogs, including large dogs.
Cave-style beds provide the ultimate retreat, especially for those dogs that like their own space or need a safe space when they are feeling anxious. These are often used for our feline friends, but also provide a great option for smaller dogs. Some look like a dome or tent, while others resemble a sleeping bag.
Designed for dogs who like plenty of room to stretch out on their belly, back, or side.
Memory Foam –
Certain memory foam beds can be classified as calming dog beds. These are often called orthopedic dog beds and provide a dense, quality memory foam designed to fully support and mould to your dog. As with humans, they can help decrease joint pain, increase mobility, and ease tired joints and muscles. This can be a great resting place for older dogs.
Many donut beds also are also self-warming beds. These soft beds contain a layer that can reflect your dog’s body heat to help keep them warm. This provides your dog with a warming luxury dog bed but without the worry of electric cords or heating blankets, so you would not have to be concerned about their safety. These beds are great in the colder months.
You should ensure that you choose a bed that is made from durable and pet safe materials.
There are also products out there that are eco aware and use eco-friendly materials. You can also choose a dog bed made from chew resistant fabrics if your dog is a chewer!
Where should I place my dog bed?
As a pet owner you will know your dog and where they gravitate to and you will also need a bed that suits them and is practical and you can also find some great beds that suit your own home design aesthetics.
For the pooches that prefer the outdoors and love to traipse through mud and dirt, the best place is somewhere with hardwood floors so that the floor area can be cleaned.
Smaller dogs or less active dogs may not impact on your carpets and soft flooring as much so the bed could be placed in a variety of places.
It also depends on the temperament of your dog and its attachment you. Some dogs prefer to be nearer to their family, whilst other dogs are more independent and like their own space.
Once you’ve chosen the right bed for your dog, all you have to do is introduce it to them gradually.
Start by leaving the bed in the same room where your dog usually sleeps. Then, begin moving it closer to their sleeping area over a period of a few days. Once they’re comfortable with the bed being in the same room, you can start putting it in their actual sleeping spot.
By taking things slowly and letting your dog get used to the bed in stages, you’ll help them feel more comfortable with it and minimize the chance of any negative associations forming.
The Verdict – From Our Own Experience of Buying a Donut Bed for Ted!
As an added bonus, a calming dog bed is also great for your own peace of mind. If you’re like us and like most pet owners, you probably don’t sleep well if your dog isn’t sleeping well!
So, by investing in a comfortable and supportive bed for your pup, you can help ensure that everyone gets a good night’s rest every night!
Frequently Asked Questions about Calming Dog Beds…
Are calming beds good for dogs?
Yes! Calming dog beds provide a space that is secure and comfortable for your dog. They can help them to feel safe and secure in their environment, providing an outlet from stressors.
What’s the best calming dog bed?
There’s no definitive answer to this question, as each dog will have his or her own preferences. However, some of the most common calming dog beds include those made from memory foam, which can contour to your pet’s body and provide extra support. Additionally, dogs may appreciate a bed with a soft surface that feels comfortable against their skin and reminds them of their fur-mama and litter mates.
Why are donut beds calming for dogs?
The raised sides help your dog feel secure, not unlike how they felt while nursing as a puppy. Additionally, the donut shape provides head and neck support. With dogs having over 20 muscles in their ears alone to process sound, this is especially important when it comes to calmness. A supportive bed means that your dog is more likely to feel relaxed, which in turn will help them sleep better.
This isn’t the only benefit of a donut bed! Dogs that spend time resting on elevated surfaces have been shown to have improved heart health and respiratory function. So if your dog has been diagnosed with an illness or is elderly, consider investing in a calming bed to help them feel more comfortable.
Are calming beds for dogs good?
The answer is yes; they are good. But you need to understand what these dog beds do and how they work in order for them to be effective. As a result, it’s important that we get into the details of calming beds so that you can make an informed decision whether or not this product would be right for your pet.
There are a few key benefits of calming beds for dogs. The first is that they can help to reduce anxiety and stress in your pet. This is especially important if your dog suffers from separation anxiety or experiences other forms of stress. A calming bed can provide a sense of comfort and security, which can help to ease these issues.
What can I look for in a Calming dog bed?
Calming dog beds are available in a wide range of styles, materials and sizes. They may also offer extra features, such as built-in pillows or other items. All dogs can benefit from this type of bed because it helps them to get the rest they need without being disturbed by an uncomfortable sleeping surface. These beds help keep your dog calm and relaxed while they sleep.
There are several types of calming dog beds available on the market today. Each type has its own unique benefits and uses for your pet. You will find that there is one that is perfect for every type of canine, whether you have a large or small breed, an active or sedentary lifestyle, a puppy or an older dog.
The best type of bed for your pet is going to depend on several factors including their age and breed, as well as how active they are. You should also consider what kind of sleeping surface you want them to sleep on, such as a mattress or blanket. In addition, you will want to determine if you would like to purchase a bed that is made from cotton, fleece or wool.
Which is the best dog calming bed?
There are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect bed for your pup. The first is size – you want to make sure that the bed is big enough for your dog to stretch out on, but not so big that it takes up too much space in your home. You also need to think about the type of material the bed is made from and whether or not it’s comfortable for your pet. For example, if you have an older dog with arthritis then memory foam might be a good option because of its ability to mold around their joints and provide support where needed! Lastly, consider how easy it will be clean up after use – some people prefer removable covers which can just pop off for washing while others like washable covers that are machine safe.
Do you have a dog with anxiety? If so, then getting them their own calming bed will help keep them happy and relaxed. It’s important to remember though that these beds aren’t just for dogs with anxiety – all pups need somewhere comfortable where they can escape to when they need a break from the world. So, whether you’re looking for your new dog’s first bed or are in the market for a replacement, check out some of the best calming beds on the market today!
What are pet calming beds made of?
Most commonly, they are made of a polyester or cotton blend and filled with a polyester fiber. The cover is removable for easy washing, and the bed can be used in the dryer on low heat. Some models also include a lavender sachet to help keep your dog calm.
Where can I get a calming puppy bed?
There are a few different places you can find calming puppy beds. One option is to search online for retailers that specialize in pet supplies. A quick Google search should turn up several results. You can also check out your local pet store or department store. Often, these stores will carry a limited selection of dog beds, but there may be one or two that are specifically designed to calm dogs. If you have trouble finding a calming bed locally, you can also order them online. Just be sure to do your research and find a reputable retailer before making a purchase.
Does a soothing bed work for dogs?
A calming bed is like a cocoon. It’s designed to make your dog feel safe and secure. The bed can reduce anxiety in dogs that suffer from separation anxiety or general nervousness. Calming beds are excellent for pets recovering from surgery, injury, illness or old age. If you have an older dog with joint pain, using a calming bed can improve their quality of life.
The bottom line is that if your dog suffers from anxiety, a calming bed may be the perfect solution for you and your pet. Not only will it make your dog more comfortable, but it will also help to keep them calm and relaxed. If you’re not sure whether or not a calming bed is right for your dog, talk to your veterinarian.
Is the calming bed washable?
If you have a dog, then you know they are likely to get all sorts of dirt and mess on them. After getting muddy from playing outside or just walking around in the yard, your dog will be dirty and wet, which is why it’s good for you to wash their bedding regularly. You can therefore look for a completely machine washable style or a material that is easily spot cleaned with non skin irritating washing soaps.
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