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Sick of sharing the bed with your four-legged friends? Just like humans, dogs need their own special snoozing spot. The best dog bed is durable and supportive yet soft, with a washable cover for messy mishaps. We spent hours compiling our guide to Australia's top dog beds, with local and ethical options so you can sleep soundly too.
How we picked
Dogs aren't great at writing reviews, so picking a dog bed isn't an easy task. We started out by checking ProductReview.com.au, but there were only a handful of dog bed reviews to choose from. We also had a nosy at CHOICE, Australia's biggest consumer advocacy group, coming up empty-handed. Luckily, Cosier co-founder and editor Sarah has a dog, as well as a few clues about what to look for when buying a dog bed.
Knowing that there's no one-size-fits-all approach, we set out on a window shopping mission to find a range of dog beds to suit different needs. Buying ethically- and sustainably-made is key to the Cosier ethos, so we factored that in alongside price, availability, and quality. While we stand behind our picks, it's also important to remember we're not trained veterinarians. If your dog has a health condition, we encourage you to check in with your vet before committing to a new dog bed.
Does a dog need their own bed?
There are many good reasons to buy a dog bed, especially if you're not keen on sharing your own. While puppies can sleep up to 20 hours a day, most dogs sleep for around 12 to 16 hours. A dog bed gives them a safe spot to snooze so they can feel safe when you're not around.
Dog beds are essential for puppies and incontinent dogs, and all our picks have washable covers. An orthopedic dog bed is ideal for older dogs with sore bits, or larger breeds prone to conditions like hip dysplasia. Anxious pups will also benefit from cocoon-style dog beds, as snuggling up in a small space can help them feel safer.
What size dog bed should I buy?
The short answer is: how big is your dog? Most dog bed sellers offer beds in several sizes, to suit Chihuahuas right through to German Shepherds. Some sites offer guidance on which size suits certain breeds best, but you can also measure your dog while they snooze to see how much space they take up.
How do you clean a dog bed?
While you can't exactly change the sheets on your dog's bed, you can usually wash the cover to freshen things up. Some dog beds can go straight in the machine, but always check the supplier's washing instructions in case your dog bed isn't machine-washable.
Does my dog need an orthopedic bed?
Orthopedic beds are designed to offer comfort and support to dogs with aching joints or sore muscles. They're usually made with memory foam. While healthy dogs and smaller breeds may be fine without an orthopedic bed, they often provide better pressure relief than standard dog beds. We're not qualified to give medical advice, so be sure to check with your vet if your dog has a health issue that may be impacted by an orthopedic dog bed.
How can I stop my dog chewing their bed?
Dogs have a natural instinct to chew, and if your dog is a puppy, they may be chewing to keep their teeth healthy as they learn to hunt. Just like us when we're babies, puppies chew as they're figuring the world out. Chasing or shouting at your dog may encourage chewing, especially if your dog is seeking attention.
Adult dogs may also chew or destroy their beds out of stress, anxiety, or boredom. Dogs need regular exercise to stay healthy, but if you're already giving them plenty of exercise, chew toys could help. It can also be useful to track your dog's destructive habits. Things like thunderstorms, loud noises, or being left alone can frighten your dog, causing them to chew as a stress response. If you've ticked all the other boxes, it's a good idea to check in with your vet to rule out other underlying problems.