Raised dog beds are ideal for our home because I use a robot vacuum cleaner which can easily clean underneath the beds without me moving them.
Why did I start using elevated dog beds? My robot vacuum cleaner runs around downstairs early each morning scooping up dust and the dog hair that comes off my eternally shedding Labradors. For a long time I used baskets on legs, and I still do in some rooms in the house because they are pretty.
Why did I switch to a cooling raised dog bed? One of my dogs is a basket chewer and bed destroyer, and I had heard that the stretched surface of an elevated dog bed is harder for dogs to chew. Are elevated dog beds chew proof? In my case the elevated bed has been a big success. It has completely prevented my Lab from chewing the fabric. Only one of the dog beds above actually claims to be chew-proof, and that is the Kuranda, however, most are pretty chew resistant.
The tighter the tension in the fabric, the harder it is for the dog to get a grip on it with his teeth. But there have been some other benefits to a raised dog bed that I had not anticipated. The benefits of an elevated dog bed Dogs love them The shed hair falls through the fabric Dust from muddy coats falls through the fabric A raised dog bed is easy to clean around It is very light and easy to lift Damp dogs dry off fast on a raised mesh fabric bed Elevated beds are really resistant to chewing Elevated dog beds are strong Elevated dog beds keep dogs cool Dogs love elevated dog beds The first benefit for me, is that ALL my dogs love it.
So much that they all pile onto it in a heap. It happily takes the combined weight of two full grown Labs and a spaniel. You could put blankets on the bed and I know that some people do, but I think that counters some of the benefits.
My dogs are just as happy lying on the fabric of the elevated dogs beds as they are on the cushions in their fancy baskets. Elevated dog beds allow dirt and hair to fall through In most dog beds, the interior of the basket and the cushions that line it, get very hairy and dusty. The dogs end up sleeping in a hairy nest and the blankets and cushions are really difficult to get clean. This encourages doggy odors.
This can then be vacuumed or swept up with little effort Elevated dog beds are light My beautiful and relatively expensive dog baskets are heavy. The elevated beds are extremely light and can easily be picked up with one hand. This makes cleaning around them a breeze And they are tall enough for Roombas, Botvacs, and other robot vaccuums to easily clean underneath them Elevated dogs beds let dogs dry quickly My dogs are working gun dogs and we live in an often rainy, muddy country.
So our dogs are frequently wet when they get home.
Towel drying leaves dogs damp, but in a warm room on an elevated dog bed, the dogs dry very fast indeed. This is a real benefit for my dogs. And for any dogs that regularly swim or exercise in wet weather. Elevated dog beds keep dogs cool If your dogs sleep on the mesh fabric of their raised dog bed they will be cooler than if they sleep on blankets or a cushion. This cooling effect is a valuable benefit of a raised dog bed if you live in an region where the weather gets very hot at times So do you need blankets on a raised bed?
It depends on your home. Our home is on the warm side and not draughty.
You could put blankets on the bed and I know that some people do, but I think that counters some of the benefits. A really sturdy piece of kit.
The utility room where the dogs sleep is cosy and the bed is fine as it is. The best elevated dog beds are covered with a mesh like fabric that allows air to pass through so in a cold or draughty house, a blanket or cushion would keep the dog warm while still benefiting from the springiness of the bed. Our top five beds listed above all have features we liked.
The Coolaroo raised dog bed This is the original elevated cooling dog bed.
It is well made, the fabric is tough, and for a raised bed, quite nice looking. There is also nutmeg and terracotta which are nice.
The best thing about the Coolaroo is the spare covers. One of my dogs did eventually damage mine by repeatedly digging in it. At the time of writing there were no spare covers available for sale. My cocker spaniel uses it as a trampoline, springing up and down into the air!
It has solid fabric around the edges and mesh panels in the centre. It also has extra legs and can take heavy dogs up to lbs in weight. It is available in a range of fairly bright colors.
It is tough and weatherproof. A really sturdy piece of kit. And Kuranda claim it is chew-proof too. So if your dog lives indoors, you might not want to spend the extra. On the other hand, if you have a really determined chewer, this might just be the bed to stop him! There is simply nowhere that the dog can get hold of the fabric.
Kuranda also sells a compatible padded cushion to go with this bed. Buying a raised dog bed — summary I love my raised dog beds. The only downside to cooling raised beds is that they are not pretty. Immensely practical, but not terribly stylish.
They are light but do require a little bit of effort to assemble.
A raised dog bed has loads of other benefits and most dogs really like them. If dollars is your main concern the Amazon Basics is likely to be a good option, though sometimes there are others on offer at a compatible price. If money is no option and chewing is your issue, then the Kuranda is probably your best bet.
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