If you are a dog owner then chances are you are looking for the best dog bed for your pet. A dog bed can be defined as any product intended for use by dogs, for dogs, or ones intended to temporarily fit dogs in a crate, car, or home.
Dog beds come in two varieties, portable and stationary. Portable beds are lightweight and collapsible and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The stationary ones are made to fit easily into a space, a crate, or a car or anywhere that a dog might want to lie down on his own.
The key feature that you should look for in a bed for your dog is safety. A dog bed should be durable, have ventilation, keep dogs warm and comfortable, but not so warm that they get sick. You should also consider if it is safe to use around children. Do not use a bed for puppies under seven weeks old as they could accidentally suffocate. A very important safety point is a dog bed should not be used for sleeping, or he might use it as a way to escape. There are several reasons for this such as him seeking warmth and trying to cool himself down when the temperatures get very hot, or him using it as a space to lay in, if the bed is removed from the bedding and is unattended.
If you are not going to be using a dog bed for your dog, you might consider buying a dog crate for him. Some dog owners, particularly those who take their dogs to dog shows, consider beds to be more comfortable for the dog and more secure than a crate, the same way they consider being in a cage, to be more comfortable and secure.
But if you are buying for your own use and not for a dog show, then your dog crate should be a nice size and be sturdy enough for your dog to be able to fit in. In choosing a dog crate for your dog, you should pay attention to the weight and size of your dog as dogs can easily fit into their crates when small.
If your dog is going to be a couch potato then he should have a small crate and you should ensure it is not in a place where your dog can escape such as into a cupboard or other secure area. It would not be a good idea to get a crate that has a removable top as if the top is removed the dog can get into the bottom and the sides of the crate are easily scratched when it is in the crate.
* A good choice for the weight and size of your dog is a wire crate. The material is the most important characteristic as wire crates are more likely to get damaged than plastic crates and when damaged they are much less likely to end up in a landfill. The quality of the crate would depend on the materials used to build the crate and so these types of crates are better for those who do not care to build a crate and are happy to buy a crate. A wire crate is more likely to be durable than a plastic crate as they are used and the choice is good for those who may take their dog to a dog show and who do not expect a crate to last for a long time.
When buying a dog crate there are a few other things to consider besides the price.
There is a very big choice when it comes to dog crates and prices, although not cheap they are not uncommon either. Your dog crate will of course depend on your purpose and what you will use the crate for. So to answer the question would you recommend a crate for a family pet or a doggie travel crate. I would recommend a wire crate for a family pet because it is more likely to withstand some abuse than a plastic crate. As long as your plastic crate is not abused you should have a durable wire crate for your family dog. For the dog that will be traveling with you, I would recommend a plastic crate as it is a bit more fragile in comparison. But if your car trip is to be short then a wire crate will suit you well.
Another thing is the amount of space a dog crate takes up inside your vehicle. If you drive the car often, a large crate for your dog would suit you well as you can move the crate wherever you like, although if you use it more for travel then you will have to make sure you put it somewhere secure. It would work fine in a small car or a mini-van, but not a saloon or a wagon. Just remember to check it out before you let your dog roam all over.