Eat, play, sleep, repeat – a dreamy reality for our pups. On average, adult dogs sleep between 12 to 14 hours a day and like their paw-rents, dogs need sleep for brain development, memory, learning capacity and their immune system. A lack of sleep can result in a grumpy pup, and nobody wants that.
An important factor of a good night’s kip is where we spend it. This sparks the question for many dog owners – where is the best place for my dog to sleep at night? The answer is dependent on factors such as the age, lifestyle, and personality of your pooch, but there are three important things to consider, regardless of where your dog sleeps. It’s important to choose a place where:
- Your pup feels comfortable and secure.
- Your pup has no interaction with wildlife.
- Your pup’s safety is prioritised.
That’s where we’re here to help. We’ve weighed up the pros and cons for the most common sleeping options to help you decide on where your pup should get their beauty sleep.
What should I look for when buying a dog bed?
Dogs love a place to call their own; by having their own place to rest, your pup has a way to escape the craziness of the household when they need some relaxation time. Most importantly, a bed protects them from the cold, hard floor which is vital for joints and bones at every age.
When considering a dog bed, there are a few things to look out for:
- Size and style – is your dog a curler or a sprawler? The bed you choose should be large enough for your pup to sleep comfortably in all natural positions.
- Sufficiently padded – the padding will keep your dog warm and support their joints.
- Easily washable – you’ll thank us later.
Depending on age, you may need to consider an orthopedic bed for your pet. These types of beds support old joints or very large dogs; they usually have medical-grade foam and/or box-spring construction. Reach out to your veterinarian if you have any concerns or questions about the health of your pooch and the type of bed they should have.
The downside of your pup having their own dog bed is that they’re free to engage in undesired house behaviour. That’s why some pawrents choose to crate their pet, which brings us to our next option…
Should I put my dog in a crate at night?
Crates are mostly commonly used when puppy training however, many dogs prefer the comfort of a crate even in their adult years.
For puppies, crate training is used for toilet training and to provide a safe space to avoid feeling overwhelmed, particularly when joining a new family. But even for adult dogs, a crate offers your pooch a sense of security and a place for quiet time. If your dog has a habit of getting into trouble while you’re not around, crating will keep them contained and out of harm’s way. For those that prefer their dog outside at night, a crate ensures they have no interactions with wildlife which is the safest option for both your pet and the wildlife around them.
The crate should be big enough so that your dog can lay on its side, stretch out and stand up comfortably. It’s also important to place their bed inside with some other blankets for optimal warmth and comfort.
The earlier a pup becomes familiar with a crate, the more comfortable they’ll be with it. If you pup has never been exposed to a crate before, it could take some time to get them familiar with it and may initially cause some anxiety.
Expert Ryan Tate provides some helpful tips on how to crate train your dog in the video below:
Should your dog sleep in your bed?
Many people find snoozing alongside their dog to be cosy and comforting. The sense of companionship is positive for the mental health of both the paw–rent and pet. But for some, it can disrupt sleep and become a concern depending on the pup’s temperament if startled during the night.
If choosing this option, we recommend making a designated spot on your bed for your furry friend – either on a specific blanket or at the end of the bed. If you notice your dog experiencing issues with sleep while on your bed, they could be uncomfortable, so in that case, find a dog bed that suits them well and place it next to your bed so you can keep them close for morning cuddles.
As you can see, there are many options for where your dog should sleep at night, and it really depends on your personal preferences. But whether your pooch gets settled and happy in their own bed, a crate or snuggled up beside you, it is always best to keep your precious pup inside unless they are safely secured.
We hope this helps you find the perfect sleeping spot for your pooch.
Sweet dreams 🐾
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