Though they aren’t the most accomplished sleepers in the animal kingdom (koalas get up to 22 hours of sleep a day), dogs get a lot more shuteye than their masters. On average, your canine friend spends 12 to 14 hours a day in dreamland. Larger breeds and puppies may slumber even longer — up to 18 hours for some dogs. We may not notice how much or how often our furry friends rest because dogs are opportunistic sleepers. Most can catch some Zs wherever they may be — on the kitchen floor, outdoors, even in their master’s bed. Of course, none of the aforementioned is an ideal sleeping area for your pet.
According to dog trainers, it is important to let your dog find his own sleeping space. But once he has found it, you must train him to go to that area at will. Just as you would with a child, you should encourage him to sleep on his own when he is tired. Letting him come to bed with you will only confuse him and could disrupt healthy sleeping patterns. The simplest way to train your pooch to sleep according to his needs, not yours, is to buy him his own bed!
Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll see when you get your dog his own special place to rest his head.
No matter how often we might bathe them, most dogs are pretty dirty. It’s not their fault, of course. With coats that are magnets for dirt, dust, crumbs, and other debris, it’s a wonder they don’t all look like “Pig-Pen” from Peanuts. With that said, there’s a definite difference between dogs that are allowed to sleep wherever they want and those that doze on their own beds. Why? Because it’s a lot easier to clean and maintain a dog bed than it is to vacuum and scrub every carpet and floor in your home!
Would you rather sleep in your own bed or on the kitchen floor? It seems like a silly question, we know. Then again, maybe dogs have a natural affinity for cold, hard surfaces…Now that’s even sillier! Of course your dog would be more comfortable on a bed that was designed specifically for him than on the floor! Many of the newer models actually conform to your pet’s body because they are made of memory foam, the same material that is used in top-of the-line mattresses for humans. One of our favorites is the Sealy Dog Bed with Quad-Layer Technology.
No matter how domesticated they may be, dogs are territorial. Many have a favorite spot or place they try to keep to themselves. But as families inevitably grow, dogs tend to lose these areas, and with them their sense of control over anything in the home. A bed gives your dog his own living space that no one else can enter or take away. It is his sanctuary when things get noisy or confusing, or when he simply wants to get some shuteye.
Most dogs can sleep just about anywhere, but that doesn’t mean that they should. Whether on the kitchen floor or under the dining room table, dogs get the same aches and pains human do when they sleep in an uncomfortable place. A complete sleep system like the Sealy Dog Bed with Quad-Layer Technology offers an extra layer of orthopedic foam that help eliminate pressure points by evenly distributing weight on the bed.
For all these reasons and more, a dog bed should be considered a necessity for pet pooches of all ages, sizes, and breeds.