Many people may underestimate the importance of getting their dog it's own dog bed. While it is true that you can let your dog use the furniture, or even your own bed, it is usually best to get your dog his or her own bed and here are some of the reasons why:
A dog bed will provide insulation from the floor to provide your dog with a warm and comfortable place to sleep. The floor can get awfully cold and drafty, especially during the winter months. A dog bed will keep your dog warm.
Ever notice how your dog prefers sleeping on furniture versus the hard floor? A bed will provide the proper cushioning for your dog. Imagine how uncomfortable you'd be if you had to sleep on the hard floor! Your dog feels no different about this than you do.
This is true for all dogs, but especially true for older dogs who may have arthritic joints.
All animals, including dogs and even humans, tend to be territorial. We all like to have our own space. Getting your dog its own bed will provide him or her with its own personal space or territory. This will make your dog feel more safe and secure.
Getting your dog it's own bed will provide your dog with a sense of security. Some dogs become anxious if they are left alone for extended periods of time, such as when you are at work. Having a place where your dog feels safe can provide him or her with the emotional comfort your dog needs.
Getting your dog his own furniture will help to save yours. I'm sure all pet owners are familar with the problem of pet hair all over the furniture or on your own bed. By getting your dog his own bed you'll prevent him from damaging yours or getting pet hair and dander all over your bed and couch.
You can typically find a good selection of quality dog beds at places such as Swell Pets. Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes, so no matter what size or breed of dog you have you'll have no trouble finding your dog a bed that will suit his or her needs. There are many types available too, i.e., heated dog beds, veterinary dog beds for ill dogs or whelping puppies, round beds, dog donut beds, dog mattresses, and blankets.
As you can tell from the two photos on this page, dogs do seem to enjoy laying in their bed. By getting your dog her own bed, she'll be happier and most likely you will be too.
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White dog in large dog bed image by Pete2711 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Small black dog in small dog bed image (Bouba) by Jasef [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons