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What is The Best Dog Bed for Small Dogs?

By Rebecca Turner - download her Sheltie Anthology today

What is the best dog bed for small dogs? Do they need warmth? Comfort? Security? Ventilation? The ideal bed will have your Sheltie off the human bed and loving his own little bit of snuggly happiness.

Are you looking for a small dog bed for your Shetland Sheepdog? I've researched some popular dog beds online that serve variable purposes, such as:

  • Keeping warm and curling up on cold winter nights
  • Keeping cool and breezy on hot summer nights
  • Helping young puppies dogs feel secure in a den

So, what it is that makes a good dog bed for Shetland Sheepdogs? There are six possible factors to think about...

1. Warmth

In the wild, dogs keep close to each other for warmth at night. So if your dog ever climbs onto your bed in the night it might be just because he's trying to warm up. A good dog bed is made of plush material that contains his body heat - much like humans use thick duvet covers to trap body heat at night.

2. Comfort

Just like humans, dogs seek out creature comforts. Given the choice, where does your Shetland Sheepdog decide to curl up: On the couch? On the beanbag? On your bed? On your lap? This is a demonstration of their nesting instinct - to seek out soft, comfortable surfaces to sleep on. This may also help older dogs who suffer from arthritis.

3. Companionship

Dogs are pack animals and in the wild they live, eat, hunt and sleep together. In a domestic environment, your family is the dog's pack, and so your dog naturally wants to sleep in the same room as you. He will also like to be close to the pack leader which is why he might sleep on your bed even when you're away (he can smell your scent on the bed covers, which makes him feel closer to you).


4. Coolness

In hot climates, dogs need to stay cool. While humans can take off their clothes and sweat, double coated Shetland Sheepdogs can only pant to cool down. So if your house becomes unbearably hot in the summer, your dog would definitely appreciate a bed that is elevated off the ground giving him extra airflow.

5. Durability

If you have a puppy that likes to chew everything, make sure you choose a hard-wearing bed - or have him sleep among old sheets until he outgrows this phase. Shetland Sheepdogs are not particularly destructive (compared to, say, a Great Dane) but they do have a tendency to chew when young.

6. Security

If you have a new dog or puppy who isn't settled in, you may want to give them a more private resting place, such as enclosed bed, or bedding inside a crate. This mimics the dog's natural instinct to burrow into the ground to take shelter, creating a dark, enclosed space for him to sleep. It's much more private, with a clear definition of his territory, and a safe little den in which he can fully relax.


Need to Stop Your Dog Sleeping on Your Bed?

The best way to stop your dog from sneakily hopping up and sleeping on your bed is to give him an appealing alternative. A comfortable dog bed of his own.

This is much easier to teach young dogs than older dogs who have been sleeping with humans their whole lives. But it can be done if you're consistent. However, if you're quite happy for your Shetland Sheepdog to sleep on the bed with you, I really don't blame you.

The Most Luxurious Dog Bed in The World?

While researching this article, I read all sorts of opinions.

From: "My dog sleeps on the concrete floor of his outdoor kennel and that's that."

To: "My dog sleeps on my pillow next to my head, why do you ask?"

But the most hilarious dog sleeping habit? I present to you: The Petmate Nap of Luxury.

Author Bio

Rebecca Turner is a writer studying for a BSc in Zoology at Massey University. She's taken care of Shelties for 10 years and written 100+ articles about the breed. Rebecca has a passion for animal biology and evolution which she writes about on her websites Sheltie Planet and Science Me. Visit Rebecca on LinkedIn or download her complete guide to Shetland Sheepdogs: The Sheltie Anthology.