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Nathalie Sari - Tiertraining & Verhaltensberatung

This article was written by TOBALIE in cooperation with Nathalie Sari - Tiertraining & Verhaltensberatung

Sleep is known to be the best medicine, also for our four-legged darlings. However, the quality of sleep depends on so many things, including the right pad, the right bed. But what makes a quality dog bed? This article is dedicated to this and other exciting questions. Enjoy reading and learning 😊. 

What is the difference between a dog bed and a basket?

Yes, there is a difference. A dog basket is not the same as a dog bed. So what is the difference? Basically, a dog bed is a kind of extension of a basket. A basket has – as the name suggests – a solid base frame that resembles a basket. Usually the dog basket is made of woven rattan or plastic and you can put a dog cushion or similar in it. 

A dog bed is almost entirely well padded. A bead-like edging surrounds a central lying cushion, although there are also some without an edge. The beds come in different designs, depending on the needs of your beloved four-legged friend. 

Which dog bed suits my dog?

First of all, it’s not the look that counts. As mentioned above, it depends on the individual needs of the dog. A puppy, for example, has completely different requirements than a senior dog. For older and/or sick animals, it is advisable to buy an orthopaedic or well-padded dog bed:

  • This protects and relieves the spine of your four-legged friend and can alleviate various pains of the musculoskeletal system.
  • These dog beds are usually of a higher quality, more durable and relieve pressure.
  • A big advantage is that a good dog bed also prevents various diseases of the musculoskeletal system, as the bed adapts optimally to the body.

However, comfort should always be the main focus. Your dog must feel comfortable and enjoy using the bed. Some dogs prefer a smooth, others a fluffy surface. 

s, you can adjust the dog bed. It is best to offer him at least two different dog beds, then he can lie down depending on his mood.

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How big should the dog bed be?

In any case, it is important to choose the right size, because dog beds are usually bought too small. Dogs like to stretch out comfortably while sleeping and turn around again and again. They need enough space for this.

If you choose a dog bed with a border, it should be large enough so that your pet can lie stretched out in it without having to rest his head on the padded edge. Even if your dog prefers this position, he should at least have the choice. 

If you are still unsure about the right size, you can use the following rule of thumb. Add about 10-20cm to the length of your dog – from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail – and you are on the safe side.

How many dog beds does a dog need?

Your dog should have at least two beds. These can have different bases and can also be in different places. Most dogs move from one sleeping place to another from time to time. This way, your dog can decide what is comfortable for him. For dogs that like to be close to us, it is good to have a dog bed in the main rooms. 

A retreat is also a must. So you should have a dog bed, dog box or similar, where your dog is not disturbed (petted, etc.).

In multi-dog households, at least one more resting place than the number of dogs should be offered.

Where to put dog bed?

The right location is also crucial.

– Your sweetheart should be able to come to rest without any hustle and bustle around him.

– Many dogs benefit from the dog bed being close to your bed. This increases the sense of security for some dogs.

– The location should also be comfortable, tempered to the dog’s needs. Direct drafts, such as under a window, can also cause colds. Directly by the heater can also quickly become too warm for some dogs.

– Corners or walls are often more suitable. Avoid placing the bed in hallways or in the middle of the room so someone doesn’t have to constantly step over it.

– Please do not place dog beds in strong smelling rooms. That is, next to the dog should be avoided smoke or strong scents (scented candles, essential oils, etc.).

– Light conditions also play a role. In the dark, the sleep is deeper. Offer your dog the opportunity to retreat into unlit rooms.

Tip: If you have a very alert dog, do not place his bed directly next to windows, so that he is not tempted to permanently watch what is happening outside.

What makes a quality dog bed?

In addition to the right size and a cosy lying surface that meets the needs of the dog, the following things should be considered when purchasing a dog bed:

  • The filling material should guarantee a lying position that is easy on the joints and should adapt to the dog’s body. Stay away from mostly cheap foam flakes! Because the dogs will lie on the hard floor in no time.
  • Scratch-resistant and stable models are preferable. Pay attention to good workmanship.
  • Avoid possible pressure points. The bed should lie on a flat surface. Balls, chewing bones etc. can be a nuisance in the dog bed. 
  • Some materials, such as leather or imitation leather, plush or foam materials, prevent good air circulation and heat up quickly. However, a pleasant climate is very important for a restful sleep. 
  • Pay attention to hygiene. The cot/cover should be completely washable and easy to clean (be careful when choosing the detergent).
  • The right location is also important. Your darling should be able to rest without any hustle and bustle around him. Many dogs benefit from the dog bed being close to their bed. This increases the sense of security for some dogs. The location should also be pleasantly tempered, according to the dog’s needs.
Lucy Bett


Not every available dog bed automatically shines with quality. There are clear differences in terms of the materials used. The right size of the bed as well as the right location are further points to consider when buying a dog bed. After all, a good slepp depends on a good bed. This is certainly true for our sleepy dogs.