Winter is the perfect time for cozy blankets, wool socks, and warm cuddles by the fire – and our canine friends don’t want to miss out on all that coziness either. Warm up your pup with a cozy winter dog bed and the perfect blanket.
Heated Dog Beds
For dogs who spend time in cold areas such as an outdoor dog house, a barn, or a chilly basement, a heated dog bed can warm up a pooch in no time. A good-quality outdoor heated bed will be made of durable material, like water-resistant PVC, to ensure that any outdoor elements (like snow!) won’t make your pet’s bed soggy and cold.
Heated beds aren’t just limited to outdoor beds; heated indoor beds are suitable for year round use inside the house.
Note: heated beds should never be used by destructive chewers.
Dog Beds For Large Breeds
Although the aesthetics of dog beds have improved greatly over the years, looks alone aren’t enough when it comes to purchasing a winter bed for your dog. Large breed dogs will have special requirements when it comes to their beds.
For big dogs that love to burrow: Most dogs love to dig and burrow and make their “nest” even cozier, but big dogs have more troubles getting comfy. Majestic Pet’s Suede Dog Bed is over-sized and the perfect size for big dogs. Because the “bagel” walls surround all parts of your dog, he’ll also stay warm in his nest.
For big dogs with joint issues: For senior dogs or dogs with achy joints, getting down on the floor can be painful. Look for a bed that doesn’t require your dog to get so low. Beds like the Big Barker allow a 7” height to help your dog lay down with ease. The heated pads that can be added to beds like this ensure your dog is both warm and comfortable.
Dog Beds For Small Breeds
Smaller dogs, especially those who are particularly sensitive to the cold temperatures, might enjoy the “cave” dog beds. Often, roofed pet beds are targeted to cat families, but smaller dogs can take advantage of the roofed beds too. If your dog likes to be covered up, then a Snoozer Dog Cave is a winner.
Other features to look for when choosing a winter bed for your small breed dog:
Fabric choice: Look for a soft, fluffy material like sherpa. This will help trap in your dog’s body heat. Avoid slicker materials as those can feel colder against your dog’s body.
Height: Your dog wants to snooze in his bed! Make sure it’s an appropriate size before ordering. Many small breed dog beds will feature an opening so that Fido can climb in easily.
A perfect place to rest paws: Look for a bed with a reinforced bolster, which will act as a pillow for sleepy heads and tired paws.
Even though dogs may have a soft, shiny coat of fur, they still might benefit from the extra warmth of a blanket. Some dogs love to sleep on top of a pile of blankets, while others prefer to be tucked under the pile of blankets. Many dogs find that the cozier the blanket, the better. A blanket made of sherpa-material is always a canine favorite. Other materials to consider include fleece and cotton blends.
In regards to size of the blanket, there is no shortage of sizes available. Purchase smaller blankets for adding warmth to crates or travel kennels. Consider purchasing over-sized blankets for use outside of the crate. Because dogs love to dig and burrow, many dogs find comfort by “digging” and fluffing up their blankets before they settle in for the long snooze. With an over-sized blanket, Fido can feel like he’s burrowing a bit more. All of the extra material can double as a pillow and add to the overall comfort of the snooze.
If you’re buying a blanket for puppy’s first winter, then consider the following needs:
Waterproof: Waterproof is an especially good idea if you are buying a blanket for a pup in the midst of potty training. Teton Dog offers a waterproof, non-pilling, hypoallergenic, washable fleece blanket.
Non-pilling fabric: A puppy is going to chew, but by opting for a non-pilling fleece, at least you’ve removed one more chewable temptation from your pup.
Washable: While all dog blankets should be washable, this is an especially important aspect of a puppy’s blanket. Just be sure to refrain from using overly-scented dryer sheets and detergents as the scents can irritate sensitive noses.
Dogs love their beds and blankets just as much as their human family members. Whether you opt for blankets with dog-bone patterns or chic patterns like chevron, your pup is sure to enjoy the cuddles this winter.