Dog at Home

Dogs’ beds

A dog’s bed is its happy place. It needs to be warm, cosy and the right size. A small bed for a puppy will need to be replaced as your dog grows bigger.

Dogs’ beds come in all shapes and designs and with a range of price tags. Some come with memory foam and orthopaedic cushions. You dog will appreciate a comfy bed with extra blankets for him to make a nest or den out of.

If your dog like to chew a plastic bed may be better than a wicker basket.

It’s generally best to put your dog’s bed in a quiet corner. Downstairs in the kitchen is a popular place.

If a dog’s bed is a haven for him he’s less likely to want to jump on the sofa or sleep in your bed!

A dog’s bed has their own scent and sometimes providing something with their masters scent provides security that they are near.

Sleeping routines

Your dog needs to know early on that sleeping is part of its life. When you sleep he needs to sleep too.
When he’s a puppy this can be hard as he is used to sleeping with his mum and siblings in a pack. If he’s left alone he’ll cry. To reassure him try putting his bed near to your bed for a week or two and then gradually move his bed to the place you want him to sleep long term.

They need to realise that there is a difference between their space and human space.
“In the wild, dogs sleep in packs and for some modern-day packs the sleeping arrangements are similar, with 9% sleeping with their dogs on their beds and 11% in their bedroom.”

Reference: Healthy Happy Hound Report

Do I need a cage?

Some puppies and dogs like having a cage to sleep in and retreat to when things get too noisy. If you cover the cage with a blanket at night time it keeps them warm and makes them feel more secure.
This is a short term solution as the dog gets older they will struggle to fit in the cage and they need to learn that their new home is a safe place for them

Tips for leaving your dog home alone

We asked… how much time does your dog spend alone each day?

“We found that dogs are spending an average of 3 hours alone daily. Encouragingly, this is a short period of time, but behind this are significant findings which identify that 15% of dogs spend 5-6 hours alone and 5% of dogs spend over 7 hours alone every day.”

Reference: Healthy Happy Hound Report

If you dog is left home alone he may experience boredom or separation anxiety that leads to whining or chewing.

You may return to a smelly surprise or a chewed pair of shoes.

Dog toys keep them entertained when you aren’t there. Toys with treats inside are even better as they provide a mental work out the more the better.

Walk them before you leave. It uses energy and encourages them to sleep when you are out.
Consider getting another dog for company. Double the fun!

Talk to your vet for advice.