Calming Dog Beds: How Do They Work?
Humans aren’t the only ones who experience anxiety and hypertension. Our furry friends can also undergo bouts of stress, for a variety of reasons including new visitors, separation from their owners/parents, and thunderstorms.
If your dog suffers from some separation anxiety, a calming dog bed can provide a good first step to relieving the anxiety. Keep reading to discover how a calming bed could benefit you.
What are Calming Dog Beds
Calming beds, also known as anti-anxiety beds, are dog beds specially designed to reduce your pet’s stress levels, while providing great comfort and warmth. They sport soft faux-fur covers and a donut shaped design that lets your pet find their most comfortable position.
A good calming bed can ease separation anxiety, providing relief from stressful situations by giving your dog a sense of security. However, it is important to note that a calming bed won’t completely remove your dog’s separation anxiety. A good bed should be used in conjunction with proper separation anxiety training to achieve meaningful results.
If you would like more learn more about treating separation anxiety in dogs, we provide a free eBook (5 Ways To Reduce Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety) with any purchase of our calming bed.
How Do They Work?
Calming dog beds have a variety of features that separate them from traditional dog beds.
Most anti-anxiety beds are made in a circular shape, with raised edges. This not only allows your dog to curl up into their ideal position, but also turns the bed into a nest that your dog can take refuge in if they ever feel anxious or scared.
The soft faux-fur cover on calming beds is also designed to provide warmth and comfort, mimicking the mother’s warmth. The inner filling provides support for joints, making it a great bed for older dogs.
The result is happier pups that sleep better, feel less anxious on a day-to-day basis and can rely on a soft bed to rest in at any time of the day.
What to Look for In A Calming Dog Bed
When choosing a calming bed, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of sellers on the internet. Some suppliers sell cheap, low-quality beds with less filling and no washable cover. The Pawco Bed is expertly designed with high-quality fabrics and extra filling to give your pets a soothing and comfortable experience. Over time, the anti-anxiety bed will adopt your dog’s natural odour, making them feel even more comfortable and safe. Other key features to look for in an anti-anxiety bed are:
- Odour Resistant: Beds with faux-fur covers and both anti-bacterial and odour-resistant, making them the best option
- Machine Washable: Not all beds have removable covers. These can be washed when needed, and are convenient for dog owners
- Breathable Fabrics: Quality, breathable fabrics make the bed perfect for use during both summer and winter.
- Non-Slip Bottom: The non-slip underneath makes sure the bed stays in place.
- Waterproof Liner: A waterproof liner is a great feature for dog beds, removing the need for much clean up.
Wrapping Up: Does Your Dog Need A Calming Bed?
The first step to treating separation anxiety in a dog is recognising that it exists. Read our post on recognising the symptoms of separation anxiety by clicking here. We also strongly recommend having a vet diagnose it properly.
If your pooch experiences stress and anxiety when they are separated from you, or from thunderstorms and loud noises, a calming bed will help ease their anxiety. Using one in conjunction with any vet-recommended medication and proper training can help you get to the bottom of your dog’s separation anxiety.