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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Dog bed: comfort and support for aging dog

What kind of dog bed do you get...for a dog who doesn't like dog beds?

Dakota will lay on a blanket or in her crate (on the pan, no bedding), however she has never really taken to the idea of laying on a dog bed. She rarely uses the cedar/stuffing filled bed I got for Kaiser a few months ago (it has a "bolster" on two sides and is HUGE), and she wouldn't even touch the cedar/stuffing flat bed I tried when she was 2 or 3 years old, she MIGHT lay on the air mattress I have to sleep on when visiting my parents (however she only does that when she is VERY sore), and she doesn't lay on my memory foam bed for long because it retains heat (and she is very hot-natured). As a spin off from my last thread (about joint supplements for a 7 year old) I'm trying to find a dog bed that will help ease some of her discomfort while also providing her with something she will actually use.

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I have an Orthopedic bed for my oldest dog who is 9. We got hers from Walmart for about 45 bucks.
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My old guy likes the orthopedic bed more than the other puffy beds. It's a big square mattress with egg-crate-style foam inside the cover. He seems to be more comfortable on it.

Bolsters are a no-go because he likes to hang his head off the side.
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Costco had a memory foam one. Costco's regular beds work fine too.
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what about a hammock?

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I don't think she'd do a hammock and I'm honestly not sure about the orthopedic bed because she rarely gets up onto mine (sensipedic memory foam). Granted she may just nor want to jump up, but I swear she's sensitive to the heat retention properties also. Are the beds you guys mention prone to retaining heat?

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My Dakota was a "hot" dog like your Dakota and he still opted for his orthopedic bed vs. the floor. The eggcrate type of foam is not as heat retaining as the memory foam because it is not as dense. A denim or canvas cover will help her remain cooler as well. Some of the orthopedic beds come with a fleece type cover, which will help retain heat, so you might want to try to avoid those.

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He seemed neither old nor young. His strength lay in his eyes. They look as old as the hills, and as young and as wild. I've never tired of looking into them.-John Muir
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I think I saw you Crate Dakota so I would suggest you purchase a dog bed that fits in Dakota's Crate and get him use to it that way?
I've shopping for a Dog Bed that comes with a slip cover so I can throw it in the washer yet I don't really want to pay $50 bucks or more after all it's a big pillow???

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Mine like these. ORVIS and L.L. bean have a nice selection. Kat

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