By Debbie Swanson
SETTLED INTO BED, you’re about to give in
to the welcome drift of sleep when your bed
abruptly quakes. Standing over you, your dog
circles several times, finally emitting a hearty
groan before collapsing against your side. Soon
he’s snoring contently, his right paw twitching
inches from your now-wide eyes.
While hunkering down together is not
uncommon, for a sound night’s sleep it’s best
if dogs and humans each have their own bed.
Finding the right one for your dog can be key
What’s your style?
The variety of bed styles is endless. You
can buy Fido anything from a round pillow to
a nesting shape to beds made with memory
foam. The choice is based largely on preference—both human and canine.
First, make sure the bed accommodates
your dog’s needs (see sidebar). Then, con-
sider his habits. Does he like to be elevated or
never leave the floor? Does he seek soft sur-
faces or collapse on dropped laundry? Does
your dog snuggle against something or sprawl?
“Some dogs do not like beds in which they
get too warm. Some head for a cool tile floor,
even in the winter. For these dogs, I would suggest a thinner surface with a breathable
[cover],” says Costco member Dr. Faith
Lotsikas, a veterinarian with Skylos Sports
Medicine in Maryland.
The bed should complement the intended
room. If you’ll be moving the bed among
rooms, consider mobility, or multiple beds, one
for each room.
Finally, consider any health issues or limitations, such as the height of the bed (for
smaller dogs) or a bed that may be too soft for
dogs that have difficulty moving their limbs.
Keeping it clean
Ease of cleaning can affect the life span of
“If the filling becomes
soiled, [the entire bed]
American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals in New York.
Your adult dog may no
longer have accidents, but daily dirt
and normal skin oils build up over time, cre-
ating odor. Look for a removable, laundry-
safe outer cover; purchasing two will make
laundry day easier. Also, seek a quality bed
with a liner to protect inner materials.
A puppy curled in a cozy bed is the picture
of contentment. But proceed with caution:
Most younger dogs are zealous chewers, and
beds are prime targets.
Choosing an inexpensive bed may seem
like a good solution, but there’s more at risk
than just your budget: Swallowed bedding is
“Any bedding—discount or not—can be
torn up. If ingested, it can cause a blockage in
the puppy’s digestive tract,” warns Hayes, who
recommends supervised use of the bed with
With your dog’s preferences in mind,
you’ll soon find a bed that has both of you
sleeping in peace. C
Debbie Swanson is a freelance writer from the
Boston area and contributes regularly to many
Common mattress fillers
Mattress fillers range greatly in padding
and attributes. Here’s a comparison.—DS
Let sleeping dogs lie
in a bed of their own
Gel Shapes to the body.
May be cooler.
Memory foam Shapes to the body.
Added comfort for
dogs that are older,
athletic or have
Cedar/wood chips Provides a fresh scent.
Wood chips may cause
allergies in some dogs.
Orthopedic foam Shapes to the body.
May be more airy.
Foam—basic flat Shapes to the body.
Recycled fiberfill Softer padding. Environmentally responsible.
The Costco Connection
Costco and Costco.com carry a variety of
high-quality dog beds (pictured here), kennels and crates, and supplies for cats.
for your pet