The Best Calming Beds for Nervous Dogs

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Calming beds have been designed to help dogs who are feeling nervous or anxious feel more secure and protected.

Having a dog is such a wonderful experience. They are our best friends and our biggest cheerleaders, they are there for us throughout our highs and our lows, and so, it’s only natural to want to do the best for them throughout their lives with us.

Sometimes, no matter how well you raise your dog and socialise him or her, they can remain of a slightly nervous disposition.

There are several things you can do to help them, and one of those is to provide them with a calm, secure area within your home to help them relax.

Let’s have a look at how you can achieve this.

What Makes A Dog Nervous?

Some dog breeds are more predisposed to being more nervous. For example, sighthounds are well known for their nervous, submissive temperament, especially when they are away from their comfort zone.

Other times, dogs just have a nervous or anxious personality, similar to humans, every dog is an individual, so no matter what the breed write up says a dog will be like, there are no guarantees.

Sometimes, a dog can have an experience which makes them become nervous, this can be from noises or sounds, or experience with another person or dog.

Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety, which they feel when they are separated from their family or one person in particular.

There are many symptoms of anxiety, which can range from the subtle to the more noticeable. These can include body language cues, such as cowering or trembling, having their tail tucked under or their ears flat against their head, widened eyes, lip-smacking or drooling. Up to growling, barking or whining, urinating or defecating in the house, destroying furniture or clothing, or outright aggression.

If your dog experiences anxiety, it is always worthwhile to have a vet give them a health check to ensure they don’t have anything medically wrong with them. The vet can then prescribe some medication, or behaviour therapy, or a combination of both.

Once you have done this, it is important to make sure you have a place in their home they can go to when they are feeling anxious.

What Are Calming Beds?

Calming beds have been designed to help dogs who are feeling nervous or anxious feel more secure and protected.

Much research has been done into these types of beds, and there are many available, and it may take some trial and error before you discover what your dog likes the best.

There are lots of different beds on the market, and you will need to look into which ones suit your dog best, such as beds from where you can easily see the different types of beds side by side.

The most common type of calming dog beds is doughnut beds, igloo beds, bolster beds, and orthopedic mattresses.

Doughnut Calming Beds

These are probably the most common type of calming bed, and what is normally brought to mind when discussing these types of bed.

Doughnut style beds are, as they sound, doughnut-shaped. They tend to be round, with raised sides, and very soft and comfortable.

These beds allow a dog to curl up in them, and feel protected from all sides. The softness of the material allows a dog to burrow into them, and feel very secure, as they would curl up with their pack mates in the wild.

Igloo Calming Beds

Igloo calming beds can also be called cave beds, and are so named because they resemble an igloo or a cave.

They are similar to the doughnut beds, in that they are round, filled with a soft material, and encourage snuggling and burrowing, however, the main difference is that, as well as the raised sides, these beds also have a top covering.

These beds are useful for the most nervous of dogs, as the over the top cover also means that the dog feels protected from all sides and the top, allowing them to feel completely secure.

As they have a top covering, these beds also are slightly darker inside, which is excellent for dogs that prefer low lighting to feel secure, or are scared of lights such as fireworks or emergency vehicle lights.

Bolster Beds

Bolster beds are most similar to doughnut beds, in that they have the raised sides and a very padded bottom of the bed, but these tend to be square or rectangular in shape.

The raised sides give the element of protection that the doughnut beds do, and allow your dog to hide behind them.

Bolster beds are a bit more firm than a doughnut bed, particularly around the sides, so these are suited to dogs that prefer this type of bedding.

Orthopaedic Mattress Beds

Mattress beds are not usually the first to come to mind, as they don’t have the raised sides.

However, some dogs experience anxiety due to pain, usually of the joints. This can be quite common in older or larger breeds.

Orthopaedic beds are filled with memory foam, which takes the pressure off of the painful area, allowing your dog to rest and sleep in sleep, without the pain they would get from lying in a normal bed.

Having A Secure Area Within The Home

Your dog should have an area within your home that is his alone to go to when he is feeling anxious or nervous.

Using a crate is a very good option for this, as this then feels like a den for your dog, somewhere for them to retreat to when they are feeling unsure about life.

Crate training can be done for any dog, at any age. The calming bed can then be put inside the crate for an extra level of security.

Crates should be big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around without touching the side.

The doughnut, igloo and bolster beds should be big enough to allow your dog to stand and turn around without falling up in the bed, and allow them to curl up fully within the confines of the bed, but not so big that there is lots of bed space surrounding them, as this would defeat the object of the calming bed.

Mattress beds should be big enough to allow your dog to lie on it fully and stretch out without any of their legs, or head, falling off.

Calming Beds allow you to provide a safe place for your dog at home, but any changes in behaviour should always be checked by your vet.

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