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Tips For Picking Out A Dog Bed  
By Owen Andrew

Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes, large and small, which makes it both easy and hard to find the right bed for your dog. Sure, you have a lot of options: big, small, round, rectangular, colored, patterned, custom and even luxury and designer dog beds. But with all the choices available, you'll still spend lots of time picking out the right bed for your dog.

Buying a dog bed may seem straight forward, but it's more complex than you think. Just as you would if you were buying a bed for yourself or a child, think about the comfort of your pet, and remember that this should be your primary criteria. No matter how much you want the bed to match, say, the décor of the living room, bedroom or other area, you have to think about the comfort of your pet over your own desires.

That said, here are some tips and tricks for finding a good bed for your dog (or for any other pets!):

Cheaper is not necessarily better. You want the bed to be made of good, sturdy warm material that will keep your dog comfy while wearing through bouts of scratching, gnawing, drool, accidents and all the other normal habits of a dog. There are plenty of reasonably priced beds that are really well-made, so shop around before you settle on the cheapest deal. There are also many designer and luxury dog beds available if you feel like splurging on your pooch.

Think about your dogs sleeping habits. Does your dog sleep in a ball or sprawl out? Always edge one way on the bed? Wiggle a lot? Toss and turn? Sleep sound as a rock? Identify your dog's sleeping patterns and choose a bed accordingly.

Think about the shape and size of your dog. Don't skimp on size and always take your dog's measurements before buying them a bed. Also, remember with dog beds its better to err on the side of larger than smaller. You also need to think about size if you have two dogs that sleep together. An extra big bed can fit two little lap dogs easily; however, if you have a way larger breed, like a Great Dane, you may have to go custom, though there are companies, like Mammoth, who offer larger dog beds for up to 200 lb breeds.

Think about padding. This ties somewhat in to the shape of your dog, but also its weight. Over time, dog beds wear out and bed padding thins; make sure you get a material that can withstand at least a decent amount of time. New technology has provided excellent stuffing materials for dog beds, like high memory, virgin upholster filling.

Keep in mind just these few tips and you should be well on your way to finding your much need and much wanted dog bed. From luxury and designer dog beds to cheap, flimsy ones, there are an unlimited number of choices; use the above criteria when searching for your pet's bed and both they will ultimately get the bed that's right for them.

About the author: Mammoth Dog Beds is a manufacturer of vet recommended bedding. They have done intensive research on dogs and their sleeping habits for over a decade, a factor that brings extra value to their high-quality, reasonably priced pet products and dog beds. For more information, please visit http://www.mammothoutlet.com.