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How Do I Choose the Best Dog Couch?

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Choose a dog couch based on your dog's size requirements and special needs. If your pet has any health issues, such as stiff joints or arthritis, an orthopedic dog couch might be best. You should also choose a dog couch that is easy to care for and clean. Shopping at a specialty pet store can offer you many styles to choose from, and your dog couch can even match the decor of your room.

A bolster style dog couch will give a pet a sense of security. This is a good option for a dog that likes to snuggle or sleep with a favorite stuffed toy. A flat style of dog bed or couch might make an anxious dog restless.

Consider the fabric of the dog couch as well. Whether you choose cotton, chenille, or micro suede, you'll probably do best with one that has a removable liner. Be sure the liner is easy to remove and is machine washable. Cleaning couch covers should not be a difficult task, and your dog's liner or cover should be thoroughly washed weekly.

If your dog is prone to allergies, find a dog couch that is hypoallergenic. Some are also made with organic materials less likely to trigger allergy issues for your pet. If you have a long-haired breed or one that sheds a lot, choose a dog bed that can be cleaned with a hand vacuum for quick pick-ups of dog hair.

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The size of your dog couch is important for your dog's comfort and sense of security. When you shop for your pet bed, choose the bed that is appropriate for your dog's weight. The dog bed should be roomy enough for your pet to stretch out. If you have two small dogs that prefer sleeping together, choose a dog bed or couch that will accommodate both dogs.

The most comfortable dog bed in the world won't do much good if it is quickly destroyed by chewing. For dogs that are excessive chewers or for teething puppies, a couch or bed needs to be durable enough to withstand a dog's sharp teeth. Enlist the help of a knowledgeable sales associate when choosing a pet bed for a dog that loves to chew.

Your dog may have special needs, and this should be a major consideration when shopping for a pet bed or couch. If you have an older dog, chances are his mobility could be limited, or his joints somewhat stiff. A specially designed orthopedic dog couch can offer restful sleep for your pet. Consider a dog bed or couch that is made with memory foam. This material will relieve pressure and possibly reduce your dog's tossing and turning.

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