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    How to choose the perfect dogbed?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceWednesday 05 October 2011

    Now that the days are getting shorter and the temperature is definitely starting to drop, maybe it’s time to treat your dog to a new soft and warm dog bed. Dog bed design has come a long way in the last few years, gone are the clashing colours and patterns of a few years ago. Dog beds are now considered more as a home furnishing and thus are designed to fit seamlessly in with your home décor. 

    But how to decide which bed is right for your dog? Firstly, and most importantly, it needs to be the correct size for your pet. Watch how they like to sleep, some will curl up while others will love nothing more than stretching out and taking up as much room as possible. Take a rough measurement of the space your dog uses whilst resting this will give you a good idea of which size to consider. Also consider the bed’s position within your home, your dog may love his new extra large bed however you will not enjoy constantly tripping over it!

    If your dog prefers to curl up then the traditional oval shaped basket style maybe suitable, with a high back it also keeps out draughts, choosing a slightly larger size will enable you to add a blanket if your dog prefers to sleep with one. For those which would rather stretch out then a duvet style bed would be more appropriate, the box duvet beds keep their depth right up to the edge allowing your dog to get the same level of comfort wherever he decides to lay his head.  As these beds have no back part to them it is advisable to place them away from draughts preferably against a wall or in the corner of a room.

    Another factor to consider when choosing a dog bed is the kind of wear it will receive. Some of the cream fur lined beds can be beautifully soft and luxurious but, although machine washable, may not be quite as durable if your dog likes nothing more than getting as muddy as he can before slumping into bed. If this is the case then it could be wise to choose one of the harder wearing waterproof dog beds which can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Ideal for active or working dogs.

    You’ll find these and hundreds more dog beds on our easily searchable site where you can search by make, colour or style making it simple to find the perfect bed for your pet. As well as dog beds you’ll also find some fantastic pet products including official premiership football shirts for your dog allowing him to show his true colours on match day. These also make ideal gifts for doggy friends!

    Marshalls Pet Food Store is still very much a family owned and run business and pride themselves on the high level of customer service they provide to their many customers.

    Marshalls Pet Food Store was established in 1990 and we have been providing our customers with great products at fantastic prices for over 20 years. In this time our shop in Reading, Berkshire has been extended twice as the business has grown and now we are on the verge of opening our second store in Poole, Dorset. We have been trading online for over 10 years and now have two websites bringing the latest pet products available on the market and where hundreds of different dog beds can be easily searched.


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