From time to time, we all just want to get away from it all, right? For some of us, this could mean a weekend trip or maybe a visit to the spa. Well, your four-legged friend has the same needs. Although your dog can’t purchase a ticket and travel by himself, he has other ways to relax. It’s not uncommon for dogs especially small ones to squeeze themselves in tight spaces and make themselves comfortable. While there, they can just get some rest and quiet time along with a rejuvenating nap.
In fact, the concept of cozying up in a sanctuary is something that is part of the DNA of most dogs. In the wild, once dogs used to sleep in dens which were small, confined spaces. Therefore if you don’t provide your dog with a sanctuary of its own, then he may seek any tight space in your house to make himself comfortable like behind the couch or maybe below the bed. Well as a dog parent I assume that you love your pet tons and you want to make him/her happy and safe. That is you you should use a dog igloo bed which is perfect for smaller dogs to just jump into and escape from the world around them.
These beds remind of a cave or an igloo – that’s how they got their name. They are entirely enclosed with a cover that hides everything except the front panel from where your dog can enter through. Since the bed is entirely enclosed and there is only one entrance, he/she will feel safe and surrounded. From there your pup can comfortably see the action going on in the household but not necessarily be a part of it. The interior of these is usually padded with a soft and soothing material like wool or plush faux fur.
It’s been assumed that the tight and soft place of these, reminds them of the security of being in a small place in their mother’s womb. Therefore, it’s no wonder your dog will love it (if my bed looked something like this, then I might be in bed every night before 11 pm).
These beds come in different sizes like S, M, L, and XL. Therefore it’s safe to say that they can suit almost any breed and size of dogs. When choosing an igloo bed, it is very important to get the size right. The bed should provide a snug fit – the idea is not to have a palace but a hideaway. You do not want the bed to be too small, or else your dog may feel cramped nor too large or your dog won’t feel protected. Instead, you want to make sure that it’s tall enough so that your dog can stand in without hunching over, just wide enough to turn around in, and long enough so that his nose and his backside don’t touch the ends. Before buying, make sure that you measure your dogs’ height and length and match to the measurement of the bed that should be provided by the seller.
If you happen to have more than just one pet, another dog or maybe a cat living in your house, in this instance, I assume that each would want some quiet time alone. Again, these beds are perfect for them to disappear and can be used for both dogs and cats.
Apart from being a comfortable hideaway for your dog, these can also look stylish. With many designs and colors to choose from it’s safe to say that they can look attractive and match your home decor. One in grey or maybe black color in a minimalistic design, for instance, can fit in seamlessly into the style of your room without asking for the spotlight.
Apart from giving your dog a great nigh’s sleep, they can be also good for the planet. Several dog igloo beds are now being made from materials like fibers made from recycled PET plastic. This makes them the ideal choice for the more environmentally conscious among us.
Moreover, the covers and the inners of these beds are usually removable and washable which in turn can make the maintenance process easier. You should wash the covers separately on a cold cycle using a pet-safe detergent or an unscented, dye-free detergent to eliminate pet odors and excess hair quickly and easily.
On a final note, in order to create the perfect small environment in your home where your dog can feel comfortable, make sure that you place the dog igloo bed in a place that can be easily accessed by your dog. The perfect spot would be away from heavy foot traffic but still in a location where your dog can still see what’s going on like in the corner of the living room.