recommendations for dog bed

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Cloudtree Mon 01-Jul-19 10:42:49

We are collecting our 8.5 week old rough collie puppy at the weekend and I need to buy a couple of dog beds. I have been told not to spend too much initially since they're likely to get trashed and that I need a waterproof lining plus removable washable covers. Can anyone recommend a good dog bed that they've been pleased with?

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Tinkletwat Mon 01-Jul-19 10:47:15

I'd recommend vet beds, they're a fleecey kind of mat that fits well in a crate or you can just have them on the floor. Enjoy the pup!

missbattenburg Mon 01-Jul-19 10:47:42

Honestly, for a puppy just a cheap bit of vet bed is sufficient/preferable.

They don't really need anything fancier, are likely just to trash it and can get themselves very cosy on the fleecy vet bed. It can be washed and dried very easily and is virtually indestructable.

Once Battendog could be trusted a little bit, he got an extra fleecy blanket on the vet bed to curl up in. He didn't get a proper dog bed until he was a few months old.

IrmaFayLear Mon 01-Jul-19 10:51:03

Orvis. We have gone through a few beds (gone ratty, smelly, stuffing coming out) but the Orvis bed is going strong after several years.

They are pricey beds (but often have offers) but dog's bed is soooo comfortable (dd likes cuddling up with dog and having a doze on it!) and has very soft removable washable cover.

When I win the Euromillions I will buy the whole of the Orvis dog catalogue!!

Walney Mon 01-Jul-19 10:55:14

Ours has a few beds, one is just a dog mattress we found local on gumtree that was very cheap that stays in the living room. She has another (also found on gumtree) in the bedroom but we also folded up an old double sized duvet which is next to the window and she likes to go between those at night.

I would definitely check out gumtree and get something second hand (that has washable covers) rather than new, but thats mainly because I strongly believe in reusing things rather than buying new where possible.

Cloudtree Mon 01-Jul-19 11:02:34

I would definitely check out gumtree and get something second hand (that has washable covers) rather than new, but thats mainly because I strongly believe in reusing things rather than buying new where possible.

Hmm, I could actually make one.

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Whathappenedtooursummer Mon 01-Jul-19 11:05:17

Many years ago our ddog's first bed was an old open suitcase!!
Bed options aside op, the only bed your dpuppy will want is yours!

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Thisizit Mon 01-Jul-19 11:06:30

I just made my own with old duvet and covers.

Then if they get trashed I'm not cursing the 30 quid down the drain

Thisizit Mon 01-Jul-19 11:08:43

Oh my gosh. Just looked at the Orvis beds.

That's more than I spent on my own couch shock

Cloudtree Mon 01-Jul-19 11:09:57

Those orvis beds do look lovely though. I'm now gettign adverts for them on MN

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babysharkah Mon 01-Jul-19 11:10:10

Ddog is a bed refuser apart from ours or the sofa!

FortunaMajor Mon 01-Jul-19 11:17:44

I tend to use old or cheap duvets folded up as anything you give a puppy gets trashed. They are easy to throw in the machine for a wash.

Long term look at Coolaroo raised beds or similar. My GSD loves hers. I think I paid about £40 for it about 10 years ago and this is the second dog using it. Lidl had a cheaper version in yesterday with a sun canopy for £20 which I picked up to add to our camping kit. I can see it is not quite as good as a Coolaroo, but I was impressed with it for the price. If you can get to a Lidl today you might still get one, or look out for them again this time next year. That style of bed lifts them out of draughts in the winter, but also lets air circulate under them in the summer and can be easier on the joints for getting up and down. I use a memory foam crate liner on top from B&M in winter.

www.lidl.co.uk/en/MiddleofLidl.htm?articleId=23314

I introduced a cushioned bed at 12 months from Pets at Home when she had stopped chewing. She had trouble with her back teeth coming through so chewed for longer than expected.

stucknoue Mon 01-Jul-19 11:18:23

The small plastic ones from pets at home with old towels/blankets are fine for the first few weeks, you can then buy a larger bed around 6 months - still plastic is fine but we have a memory foam mattress

Floralnomad Mon 01-Jul-19 11:32:36

I wouldn’t bother for a puppy just use some blankets / a duvet and wait for them to get over the chewing and trashing stuff stage . Our dog has a Costco large round bed and he absolutely loves it for daytime actually preferring it to the sofas . At night he sleeps on a double bed in his bedroom .

CMOTDibbler Mon 01-Jul-19 11:33:59

Vet bed and fleece blankets. They wash and dry very easily, plus withstand puppy chewing/digging/dragging around.

A folded cheap single duvet works well too - again, easily washed and dried

Cloudtree Mon 01-Jul-19 11:53:56

Ok I'm going to make something. I have an old duvet which I turned into car duvets for the Dc when they were little (so I have two sleeping bag shaped cases) plus I have four old fleeces, an offcut of teddy bear fabric left over from a caveman costume, two baby blankets and three old pillows. That should be plenty to make a couple of dog beds and it won't matter at all if they get chewed up.

I also have a play tube from when the DC were younger and a pile of discarded soft toys. DH will for once be pleased at my inability to throw things away!

I'll save the expensive dog beds until later..

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GrumpyMiddleAgedWoman Mon 01-Jul-19 12:05:55

Any old duvet etc for the puppy stage. And for an adult dog, I don't think you can beat Tuffies. You get a waterproof mattress or nest with washable covers. Ours are a couple of years old now and still wearing well - the mattresses are in mint condition and the covers probably would be if the old guy wasn't so keen on trying to dig them up!

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