Dog owners are always looking for new ways to spoil their pet. Apparently treats, love and affection is not enough. Dog owners need to buy doggy outfits, roll them around in pet strollers, and give them personalized watering bowls.
One of the newest trends for dog owners is the designer dog bed. Dog beds used to be simple mats, maybe a little bit of cushioning. Now there are dog beds that not only look exactly like human beds, but are equipped with warming rays to keep your dog toasty and comfortable.
Styles of Designer Dog Beds
Some designer dog beds are essentially human beds in miniature size. They often come with their own unique little mattress, possibly a floral design. They also have bed boards. Shockingly, this is the most basic style of designer beds.
The more interesting designer dog beds are the miniature couch beds. Like the name implies, they look like miniature couches, except these couches come in a style fit for Roman kings. If your dog likes to sprawl out one side of the couch eating grapes, these dog beds are made for it. Designer dog beds come in such fancy styles you may need to upgrade your entire house just to give it the proper respect.
Weaknesses of Designer Dog Beds
There is no doubt these beds are fancy, and when it comes to pure style, some of these dog beds are works of art. The problem is that your dog doesn’t care. It doesn’t care in the slightest.
Dogs don’t know designer dog beds from a patch of carpet on the floor. These are dogs that used to comfortably sleep on rocks and twigs in the wild. While all dogs enjoy finding a comfortable location to sleep in the home, to them an old pillow is all they need, and any additional comfort is just a bonus.
Similarly, the style of many of these dog beds may actually be uncomfortable to your pet. Dogs do not sleep like humans, and headboards, awkward pillows, etc., can cause your dog to sleep awkwardly, leading to little aches and pains. While the designer dog beds may be more comfortable than the floor, a giant pillow dog bed or a comfortable mat dog bed are likely just as beneficial, possibly more so.
These dog beds are also much more difficult to clean, and as much as 100 times more expensive than a standard mat or pillow dog bed.
Benefits of Designer Dog Beds
When it comes to what your dog needs, designer dog beds are simply a considerably more expensive version of a normal dog bed. They bring very little to your pet.
However, that does not mean they are without their benefits. Part of caring for your dog involves making you happy. The happier you are caring for your dog, the better your relationship with your dog will be. If it makes you happy buying your dog a designer dog bed, then buying one may still be worthwhile.
Similarly, there is no denying that most dog beds are eyesores. Designer dog beds, on the other hand, are so well designed that you may want to hang it up and show it off like a painting. The designers that make these beds clearly know what they are doing.
Buying a Dog Bed
Designer dog beds have little to no benefit to your dog. They may even be more uncomfortable than a cheap mat or pillow dog bed. But part of owning a pet involves making yourself happy because the happier you are, the more love you will be able to give your dog. If buying a designer dog bed makes you happy, you should go for it.