We all need our sleep. Boy, I know I do. It’s the same for your German shepherd.
According to research, our canine buddies spend a lot of their time asleep.
Dogs spend about 10% of their sleeping time in REM sleep. They don’t get as much deep sleep as we do, so they need more naps to get enough rest for recovery.
Where your German shepherd sleeps is essential. If your bundle of joy is sleeping on the cold floor or outside in a windy and cool place, you need to read further.
It’s time to arm yourself with a little knowledge so that you can find a bed that works and does what it promises. This way, you can make the right decision for your German shepherd’s health and comfort.
Your German Shepherd’s Sleeping Habits
Before you can get to the basics of choosing your German shepherd’s bed, you need to know a little about your dog’s sleeping habits.
The amount of sleep a dog needs depends on several factors.
The Age of Your German Shepherd Affects Your Dog’s Sleep
Younger and more senior dogs tend to sleep more. Older German shepherd dogs need to rest and reserve their energy.
If you have a German shepherd puppy, it is full of energy and bounces around until it gets exhausted, so its need for renewing sleep is less.
The Activity Level of Your German Shepherd Dog Affects its Sleep
An active dog, such as a working dog, tends to sleep less. Bored dogs usually sleep more.
Is Size a Factor with My German Shepherd Dog’s Sleep?
The bigger German shepherd dogs tend to sleep more than smaller ones. They can sleep as much as 18 hours a day.
What Do You Look Out for When Buying a Bed for Your German Shepherd Dog?
There are a couple of must-do, basic things or perhaps areas you’ve not thought about when it comes to buying a bed for your German shepherd dog.
Curl up and stretch out – Make sure there’s curl up room for your dog. German shepherds like to curl up and to stretch out. That’ll mean the bed needs to have extra room, particularly in the width of the bed.
This way your German shepherd doesn’t have to move to the sofa, lounge, or your favorite reading chair to curl up or stretch out.
Is your German shepherd a sprawler? Does your dog like to spread out over a large area in an untidy or irregular way? Look for an orthopedic dog bed with a pillow-top. They’re made for larger dogs like German shepherds and have removable, durable microfiber covers.
This way, your sprawler can hang off the sides and sprawl out in comfort.
Get High-Quality Zippers When Choosing a Bed for Your German Shepherd Dogs
Poor quality zippers fail, and they fail fast. It’s annoying when the bed is of high quality, and the manufacturer skimps and makes the zipper from a flimsy plastic material. Well, you know what happens after that.
Make sure to look for quality zippers when choosing a bed for your German shepherd.
Seven-Point Checklist for Choosing Your German Shepherd’s Bed
- Make sure replacement covers are available. Order backup covers so that you’re guaranteed a replacement.
- Get protective covers for the mattress. It’s worth protecting the mattress. Covers and sheeting can be cheaply replaced. Make sure you get a semi-waterproof cover.
- Look for beds with support on the sides and back so that your dog can move around without falling off the bed.
- Check that the usable area is sufficient for a large dog or multiple medium-sized dogs.
- When kneeling on it yourself, can you feel the floor through the bed? If so, there’s not enough cushioning. I often lay on beds with my dog to test them. It’s very comfy!
- Make sure the zipper on the protective cloth or casing is durable and of high quality.
- Make sure the cover stays in place and doesn’t slip off throughout the day or night while being used by your German shepherd.
Is There a Quick and Easy Way to Clean Your German Shepherd’s Bed?
Vacuum the cover: Make sure you get as much pet hair as possible off the dog bed before washing it.
Fur, dander, and whatever else your German shepherds drag in from laying in the grass can be kept at bay with regular vacuuming. A vacuum cleaner with hypoallergenic filters will work wonders. The filters will prevent molecules from becoming airborne throughout the rest of your home.
Remove the cover: Most large dog beds have removable covers to make washing easier.
Use stain remover: Try to use a natural cleaner when cleaning vomit, urine, or mud. The harsh chemicals will not be good for your dog.
Wash Your German Shepherd’s Bed Regularly
Usually, running your pet’s bed through the washing machine or one at the laundromat is easy.
German shepherds are outdoorsy and are often out in nature. So, they are exposed to bacteria, mud, and dirt. Treat your dog’s bed for ticks in case these insects have landed on it.
Drying Your German Shepherd Dog’s Bed Kills Bacteria
Put the entire bed in the dryer for 10 minutes on high heat to kill the bacteria and get it nice and clean. Add a natural dryer sheet to freshen the bed at the same time.
If your dog’s bed is an all-in-one piece (meaning the insert can’t be removed), run it through the washing machine on a delicate cycle, but add a little—just a little—detergent.
Partially dry it on low heat, and allow it to air-dry before use.
Your German shepherd hates lying on the floor. Let’s face it – who does? German shepherds tend to prefer beds. Sometimes, your dog may be suspicious or not comfortable. This is where it’s important to read over these recommendations when you are choosing a bed for your German shepherd.
In no time, your German shepherd will love that new bed and bring his or her toys to bed all the time. Soft and cozy, this bed means your fur baby gets a good night’s sleep, ready for the next day’s adventures.