Most dog owners prefer their pets to have beds of their own--whether inside the house or out--rather than having them sleep on the couch or jump onto their owner's bed. The best types of bedding depend on where the dog is sleeping as well as the temperature.
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A dogs that sleeps indoors should be provided with its own dog bed to discourage it from seeking out warmth and comfort on the couch or in your bed. Dog beds and baskets come in various sizes, and it's important that your dog has enough space in the bed to reposition itself comfortably. Beds made from plastic or baskets made from wicker require additional bedding for comfort and warmth. Dog beds made from soft, stuffed fabric will not normally require additional bedding.
Dogs that sleep outdoors need a sturdy wooden kennel for shelter from rain and cold. Like dog beds, kennels come in many sizes, so buy one that allows the dog to turn around comfortably. Before buying a kennel, take into account any future growth of the dog. Place the kennel so the opening faces away from the prevailing wind.
Many dog owners choose to save money by using old blankets as dog bedding. This is fine, provided that the blankets are not allowed to become wet. Wet blankets tend to retain moisture, and damp blankets will make the dog cold. For this reason, blankets are recommended as bedding only for indoor dogs.
Hay is the perfect bedding for outdoor canines. A layer of hay about 4 inches deep in the kennel will keep the dog warm and allow any moisture to evaporate, unlike blankets. Hay is also cost effective and can be bought from any feed store. Ensure the hay is fresh and has a pleasant smell similar to freshly cut grass. Change the hay regularly.
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