By Guest Writer, David Rolnick
Everyone knows dogs love a nice comfortable place to sleep. You probably have seen yours crashed out on the couch or sleeping on your bed. My dog would find places I didn't even think about to lay down and get comfortable. What a lot of people do not have for their dog is a nice bed for himself though. Pet beds provide a place your dog can call his own because even though dogs are pack animals, they still enjoy having a nice cozy place to curl up and get away. I am going to go over a few things you might notice your dog do with his bed and why they do it, because honestly, it can be funny and confusing to watch.
1. Scratching and digging is something that dogs do in their beds for many reasons. All animals, dogs included, still act off of instinct. In the wild dogs dig holes and gather leaves to make themselves a nice spot to sleep. Because of this dogs still have the urge to dig where they will be lying down. Dogs also dig to mark their territory. They have scent glands in the paws of their feet which emit a unique odor. They dig where they will be sleeping to let other dogs know this is their spot.
2. Another thing dogs do before going to sleep in their bed is spin in circles. They do this for basically the same reasons they dig and scratch. When they were wild animals they had to build themselves nests to sleep in and in order to make a nice circle they could cuddle up in they circled around. By circling like this they made sure the hole they are going to lay in was just the right size and all the grass and snow was patted down flat.
3. Your dog should have a nice spot to sleep for more than just its comfort and security. Dogs can suffer from back and joint problems just like we can. A good bed will cushion your pet and help keep them from having issues in these areas. Imagine if you slept on the floor all the time. You would probably have some serious back pain.
4. Pet beds can also help control the spread of hair and dander. Dogs shed... they shed a lot. By having a place your dog sleeps every time you can help keep the hair concentrated in one area. This makes cleaning it up much easier. You can even get a cover for the bed or get one that is safe to put in the washing machine.
I hope I shined a little light on why your dog should have his own bed. It is not just for comfort. It helps satisfy basic instincts and health issues as well. If you are interested in getting a pet bed there are a lot of quality choices at Hello Frogs Find the right one for your dog to keep him going strong and happy for a long time.
About The Author: David and his fiancé Rebecca founded Hello Frogs where they sell only high quality pet products they would use for their own pets. They live in Mesa, Arizona, with their three children, a rescue dog named Woodley, a cat named Roxy, and Phoenix, a Ball Python.