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I'm dog bed obsessed. There was a time that we had so many dog beds that Johan made me donate a few to rescue. And these aren't the cheap, pointless beds that are just a fluffy rug and offer zero support. I had really nice orthopedic beds. I just can't stop. Over the years, I've gotten better at hiding the new beds in the house (stack them, put them in kennels, push them into corners) and I recently replaced two dog beds (they were 10 years old!).
I doubt that my stealthiness is lost on Johan. For some reason, he's decided to leave me along. It's one of those “bigger fish to fry” types of situations. Fried fish sounds really good right now.
In this post, I'm going to share the beds that have been working well for my dogs. These beds come at different price points, so I hope that one or two of these will be a good fit for your dog without breaking the bank.
Our Dogs and Their Dog Bed Needs
We have five dogs and, of course, they're all unique-ish.
Rodrigo and Sydney are 10 years old (they're littermates). They both have arthritis, with Sydney having more mobility issues than her brother thanks to past joint issues. Rodrigo is just now starting to slow down a bit and looks for comfortable, soft places to sleep so having a true orthopedic bed is important for him and his sister.
The rest of our dogs (Scout and Zoey – 6 years old, Apollo – 16 months old) are a healthy spry bunch and don't require as much support, however, I think they deserve a great dog bed.
But, to be honest, our dogs are allowed on the furniture and our bed is their bed too.
3 Best Dog Beds for Our Five Dogs
1 – Kirkland Dog Bed from Costco – $40
10 years ago, Memorial Day Weekend, we brought home Rodrigo and Sydney. In preparation for their arrival, we purchased two round beds from Costco for $25 each. I replaced those beds last month. It's crazy that they lasted that long, but they did. The only thing I changed was adding a liner and I changed the cover – I love Molly Mutt. These beds held up well and they're a great price. And they're washable – bed and cover. However, the Kirkland brand beds I purchased seem like they offer great support, but they don't – they're not bad, but they're not the best for dogs with orthopedic issues. The beds are great for Scout, Zoey, and Apollo but none of them were sleeping on them. Rodrigo and Sydney immediately gravitated towards the beds and that just wouldn't do. And then one day I was cleaning and stacked the beds and now Rodrigo and Sydney sleep on them (not together) comfortably. So I left them stacked.
$80 for two beds is still a good price.
If you decided to purchase a Kirkland brand dog bed, check to see if it has a liner; if it doesn't, purchase one – that will save your bed from wet paws or a puppy that isn't quite potty trained.
2 – Brentwood Home Runyan Dog Bed – $170-$300
A few years ago, we received a dog bed from Brentwood Home to test out. Scout claimed this bed as his own immediately and still sleeps on it today (although his sister, Zoey, has her treats on the bed). This bed looks great, kind of too good to be true. Like something I would pick up at one of the chain pet stores because I loved it, but it would turn out to be a disappointment. The Runyan dog bed is not a disappointment.
The Runyan bed sports 2-inch gel memory foam layers and 2-inch therapeutic base foam that not only keeps our dogs cool, but this combination offers relief for dogs with joint pain, arthritis, and hip dysplasia. It's the perfect bed for Scout, a great place for him to relax and recover after an intense play session, or a long walk. The bed comes with a liner, so no need for the extra expense, plus the cover is nice, removable, machine washable, and doesn't make the bed look like an eyesore in the room.
What I love best about this bed, which is something I haven't seen offered by chain pet stores or Costco, is that it's resistant to mold, bacteria, and dust mites. And, bonus, the bed comes with a 3-year warranty. And, if it's important to you, these beds are made in the US.
We've had our Runyan dog bed for 2-1/2 years and it's holding up well. I love it.
3 – Big Barker Dog Beds – $100-$400
Have you heard of Big Barker dog beds? These are beds that I've wanted for years but the size that my dogs needed (X-Large) was out of my price range. So I never purchased one, until they offered me a bed in exchange for a review. Long story short, I loved it. We've had our Big Barker dog bed for more than three years and, today, we have two beds. While I thought that these beds were out of my budget initially, after trying one out, I realized that these are a fantastic investment for dogs that need joint support.
The Big Barker dog beds are a lot thicker than the Runyan dog bed I mention above, which may be appealing to anyone raising a dog with joint issues or a senior dog. What I love about the Big Barker dog beds is that they support my dogs from the puppy years (get a lining) through their senior years. With the 10 year warranty, all you need is a Big Barker dog bed.
These beds won't flatten like so many supposed orthopedic beds (ours are still just like they came out of the box), they're designed for large breed dogs (although any dog can enjoy them), and they're made in the USA, which is a bonus for many people.
With many styles, colors, and sizes to choose from, Big Barker produces a good bed for every dog home.
Have You Heard of Calming Dog Beds?
The next dog bed that I have my eye on are the calming dog beds. I started seeing them in ads on Facebook and Instagram. Ads showing dogs snuggling deep into a round fluffy bed that promises to ease separation anxiety and other fears (fireworks? thunderstorms?) and this immediately peaked my interest. I shared one of the ads to my Facebook page and asked if anyone had used them and got mixed responses. Some people swore by them and others said they received a cheap replica. That's when I noticed that each ad that I was seeing was by a different company – so which is the actual calming bed? Yeah, I still wanted one because one of my friends, who runs a rescue, swears by them.
Bobby Bed offers small, medium, and large calming beds. These are ready to use, easy to clean, and they're resistant to mold, bacteria, and dust mites. The cover is said to be similar to a mother's fur, which is why they're soothing for dogs. One of our dogs, Rodrigo, is terrified of so many things and, lately, we've been having storms, someone nearby has fireworks leftover from last year, plus the Fourth of July is right around the corner (they start celebrating on Memorial Day Weekend around here) – will a calming bed help him? I can't prep for some moron shooting off fireworks and our weather is so unpredictable right now (celebrating that the humans are staying inside?) that we're caught off guard and it takes some time for CBD oil to to it's magic, so what do we do? Maybe a calming bed is the answer.
Stay tuned. I'm crazy curious about these calming dog beds, especially for Rodrigo. Will it be #4 on this list?