The right DIY Dog Bed could influence your dog to stay in his dog bed through the night.
Your dog’s sleeping patterns can be interrupted for a variety of reasons so you will need to find out why and fix the cause so that your dog gets adequate rest.
If your dog’s sleeping problems have developed recently then it could be either a medical or behavior problem that is causing the disturbance. A visit to the vet can eliminate any concerns that there is a medical issue affecting your dog’s behavior and sleeping patterns.
Your dog’s disruptive behaviour during the night needn’t be tolerated and there are a few things you can do to help your dog sleep through.
DIY Dog Bed
Firstly, you can increase your dog’s comfort by making sure your dog is matched to his dog bed. Once you know his comfort has been taken care of, you can move on to training your dog to respond to a regular routine which will help him to sleep through the night.
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The 3 Basics Needed For A Dog Bed
You can increase your dog’s comfort by matching a DIY Dog Bed to your dog and to his sleeping patterns. The ideal dog bed should take into account all three of the following.
- Comfortable and fully support the size of your dog.
- The right style so your dog can get in and out of the bed easily whilst also supporting your dog’s sleeping habits.
- A Washable dog bed that will maintain your dog’s overall health.
Avoid The 3 Biggest DIY Dog Bed Mistakes
Mistake #1 – Choosing the Wrong Size
The wrong size of DIY Dog bed contributes to your dog’s discomfort and may be causing disturbing night time behavior.
- Does your dog hang out of the bed?
- Is your dog’s weight supported in the bed?
- Does your dog wake up well rested?
- Is your dog comfortable?
- Has your dog grown out of his bed?
- How old is that dog bed? Has it been his bed since he was a puppy many years ago?
- Or is your dog so uncomfortable or smelly or allergenic during his rest time that it may be contributing to his disturbing behavior in some way? Is that a washable dog bed?
How To Choose The Right Size
1. Always consider the size of DIY Dog bed to the size and dimensions, age, fitness, and health of your dog.
2. Consider how your dog sleeps.
If your dog curls up, a small cozy bed could be just the thing as long as it matches the dog’s dimensions.
Does your dog sprawl out with his legs straight out? The bed should be of a size to accommodate your dog’s torso with enough width to support the head and feet. If your dog also likes to hang his head over the side of the bed you may need to consider a bed with some support for that area.
Is your dog an active dog who is still active when he’s asleep? Does your dog make lots of movements or noises whilst he’s sleeping? Your dog may need a flat bed that won’t knot around him. Measuring your dog when he’s fully laid out and then adding extra inches will allow you to select a style which gives him plenty of room to “run-free” all night.
Does your dog prefer to sleep on his back? You will need to be measure him for length from head to tail. That needs a firm but soft (not hard) mattress for good spinal support. Regardless that your dog may turn on his side at some time it is important is to make sure the bed is long enough to support the spine.
As a general rule, your dog should be able to lie flat, completely stretched out on his side, without hanging off the bed.
Large dog beds are readily available and are most suited to large dogs. Remember that the dog bed should be comfortable for your dog’s size and allow for how your dog sleeps.
Giant dog beds are also readily available so there is no reason for your Great Dane (or similar) to be squashed into a large dog bed when it’s clear it’s not the right size.
Mistake #2 – Choosing the Wrong Style
The wrong style of DIY Dog bed can be the cause of your dog’s disturbing behavior. These can range from access difficulties through to being potentially dangerous.
- Is your dog’s bed difficult for your dog to get in or out of?
- Does the bed provide appropriate cushioning support for your dog’s joints, bones and muscles?
- Is the bed lacking warmth from adequate insulation during those cold days and nights?
- Does the bed have potentially dangerous fittings which could be chewed off and swallowed?
- Is your dog bed appropriate to the age of your dog?
- Take a fresh look at that dog bed. Is it just plain unattractive?
- How old is that dog bed your dog is sleeping on? Is it a washable dog bed?
How To Choose The Right Style
Always consider the style of bed to the size and dimensions, age, health and habits of your dog.
Dog beds with fussy fixtures and fittings such as buttons and zippers don’t have to be potentially dangerous if your dog is a chewer. Addressing the chewing behavioral issue is a quicker and better outcome than having to assess the suitability of a dog bed to an unwanted dog behavior.
You will need to take extra care checking if your dog’s bed is made from any hazardous materials as these can be dangerous if your dog likes to chew. And absolutely do not even consider cooling or heated beds if your pet likes to chew – at least until you have addressed the behavioral issue of chewing.
Always make sure that the if the dog bed has a non-skid bottom or use non-slip matting if this is not a feature; the type commonly used under floor rugs.
On a lighter note, do think about matching the style and color of your dog’s bed with the décor and style of the room where you will place the bed. There are many options available to ensure your dog’s bed is not an eyesore!
Take action to ensure your dog is not in any danger in his bed and eliminate disturbing behavior.
Mistake #3 – Consider Ease Of Cleaning as a Priority
From a dog owner’s point of view, washability is the priority when selecting a DIY Dog bed for your dog. It is absolutely essential that you have a washable dog bed.
To control odors and dirt and contribute to your dog’s overall health you must be able to maintain a clean, dry and fresh bed. The scariest things in your dog’s bed are the ones that you cannot see. They include thousands of microorganisms including external parasites, ringworms, roundworms, hookworms, fleas, bacteria, viruses and fungi according to the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH).
- Are all the components of your dog’s bed – mattress, rolls, cushions, covers, and blankets – machine washable?
- Is the dog bed cover easily removable?
- Are there extra covers available?
- Is there a need for waterproofing the bed?
- Does the filling have a protectant on it or a protective cover?
- Can you easily machine wash the mattress?
- Is the bed durable?
The 3 Things You Must Do to Maintain Cleanliness (and household health)
- Wash your dog’s bedding regularly.
Pay close attention to the washing instructions and look for ability and ease of washing all the components of the dog bed. A washable dog bed should fully washable including internals, fittings and the external cover.
Consider your dog’s activity level when determining how often to wash your dog’s bedding. Also how much they shed, the amount of time they spend outdoors and if they (or you) have allergies. If those factors are high, you may want to increase washing to twice a week according to Kathy Backus, DVM, Holistic Veterinary Services, in Kaysville, Utah. The longer you go between washes, the harder it will be for your washing machine to remove all the potential pathogens from the bedding.
All dog bedding—including any blankets or cushion covers a dog may come in contact with—should be laundered at the highest temperature that the fabric can stand.
3. Apply flea and tick medication regularly.
Training is Always the Answer
At DIY Dog Projects, we think that teaching your dog good behavior is the most important and most rewarding project you can do for and with your dog. We hope this article has helped to inform you about the washable dog bed. But that will only be the first step as you will need to train your dog to stay in his dog bed.