What’s more unpleasant than choosing a beautiful bed and seeing the dog lie down on the hard and cold floor instead? Here are all the important aspects to look at to find the perfect bed that will make him change his mind.
The bed size should not only satisfy the dimensions of your room. It is important to ensure that your dog’s body finds enough space and the reverse is also true, too much space could be disturbing for your little dog.
The shape of the bed is just as important as the size. Like humans, dogs have preferences when it comes to sleeping position. If your dog likes to curl up in a ball when he sleeps, a softer bed that mold his body is a great choice. If your dog likes to stretch out to sleep, choose a fairly long and firm bed. Eventually, if your dog likes to have his head supported, choose a bed with a contour or with the ability to rest his head on an edge.
The quality of the materials will prevent deformation. Do not forget, if the bed’s comfort changes with time, your dog will be less interested to relax on it. It is better to invest in a good quality bed that will be useful for a few years. This is especially true if you have a shy or fearful dog who is more comfortable when there are not too many changes. Also true for dogs with articulation problems who could create an aversion to the bed if they do not feel that their body and movements are supported.
A bed should always have a soft texture on top and an anti-skid bottom, especially if the bed is on a slippery surface. Also, for the very cozy dogs, you can add a cozy blanket to let them create their comfort.
It should always be simple to clean your dog’s bed. The washer and dryer are very handy to keep the bed fresh, but it must remain nice for the olfactory sense of your dog. I recommend using baby products or other fragrance-free products.
Location and quantity
It is obvious that if the bed is far from you, your dog will not want to rest on it. This is why it is essential to move the bed closer to you or simply add beds in some areas of the house to allow your dog to choose his resting spot.
In conclusion, to avoid mistakes, why not bring your dog with you to “try” the beds before you buy one as we would with a mattress? So you can find the suitable bed for your canine companion.
For the time of a blog, you will be called “Mister cat” or “Miss kitty”, according to the case. The goal here is not to make anthropomorphism or try to get into the cat’s head (which any behaviorist should avoid), but to try to make you see the world from a cat’s perspective and understand the importance of height in his life. Are you ready? You now have 4 legs, whiskers and meow instead of talking.
You are sleeping peacefully when you suddenly hear noise coming from the living room. Then you stretch (not too fast!). You show up in the lounge where your favorite servants … oops … your favorite owners (you know, it’s not polite to call them servants!) are accompanied by children running around the living room. The furniture has been moved to make more place for their unrestrained races.
All this commotion starts very badly your day. First, they have made changes to what is most important to you, your territory. Then, all this activity disrupts your routine, almost as important to you as changes in your territory. Result: you are stressed out. You must regain control of the situation. Despite your very sociable character, you do not know the children who run, so you cannot predict their reactions. You must study them before approaching them.
You then quickly run into the dining room and climb onto the kitchen table. This is your favorite place in the house, to the dissatisfaction of your servants … oops … owners (a habit!). The reason is simple. In most houses, the table is located in a central place where you can see the kitchen, the corridor, the living room, the front door, the door leading to the basement, etc. It is the perfect watch tower to oversee the entire house. If only your owners understood that by placing a cat tree nearby and higher than the table, you would most likely leave it for this cat tree much more interesting.
Now, for several minutes, you analyze the movements and ways of the children and you begin to see that they do not seem very dangerous. To be quite sure, you approach cautiously. You are lucky, because your owners have placed at your disposal a high place in each of the main rooms of the house. Like the time the sister-in-law came with her dog, these heights allowed you to approach the unknown at your own pace, to analyze it safely and thus desensitizing you more quickly. So you’ve reduced your stress.
Obviously, higher the place is, further you can see and you are able to monitor a larger territory and the less you will be stressed out. So you run to the cat tree in the living room and reach it just in time, because one of the children is looking at you. You forgot two things. The first is that this new cat tree is not very stable and you feel it wobble under your weight. You would want to shout at your servants (for that, they do not deserve you to call them owners) this is supposed to be cat tree. A tree!!! It must be well entrenched. However, it is normal that you do not trust a tree that will fall under your weight in the event that you have to leave quickly.
You forgot that you share the house with another cat (easy to forget, she’s an old grump who does not do anything all day long). Fortunately, this cat tree is not like the one in the bedroom where there is only one way to reach the highest shelf. As the old grump always sits on the middle shelf, you must constantly wrangle with her to dislodge her and climb to the top shelf. On the other hand, the living room cat tree makes it possible to reach the upper shelf in several ways, thus avoiding unnecessary fights.
On your watch tower, you bring your attention to the children. Fortunately for you, your owners followed the advice of your human idol, the Cat Educator, and they explained to the children that when you are in the cat tree, they have no right to come and disturb you. Good! This will save you from having to scratch or bite them to have peace.
After a while, the children calm down and sit in the middle of the room. Perched on your cat tree, you see them assemble something. At first, you do not quite understand the utility of these white cubes with several holes in them, but this is intriguing you. It is when the children stack the cubes that you understand. You hear one of your owners say: finally, a cat tree that does not clash with the decor!
Wow! White boxes that form a cat tree! Boxes! The most wonderful invention for you. You can barely control yourself like every time your owners come back from the store with boxes. They do not understand how your ambush hunter nature inexorably attracts you to boxes or anything that looks like it. Being able to see without being seen. They do not know that you are a master in the art of becoming invisible behind a stem of grass. So imagine inside a box!
Moreover, in this new cat tree, there are cushions and toys. And as if it was not enough, the kids place treats around and in the cat tree. You suddenly forget your fear of children and you decide to approach them. Your favorite treats! Great! How can they know that? After all, they are nice children because they give me treats!
Your cat instinct leads you to think that you are being used to talk about a fantastic new product, but you are not sure and you do not care. After all, the Katt3 is a fantastic new cat tree and you have your favorite treats!
You can now become human again. You enjoyed the experience but you cannot continue to be a cat and sleep ¾ of your time and be caressed the rest of the day. Come on, we go back on two legs and go to work to be able to feed the real owner of the house … and I named the cat!
You want to trap a cat? No need to have a trapping cage or a net. Simply place an empty box in the middle of a room and ‘’hop’’, a few minutes later, a cat will go inside. The love cats have for any empty boxes is universal. Just browse internet videos for proof. What makes this cardboard box attractive for your cat? Well, the answer to this question also allows us to understand what we should look when we buy baskets, cushions and cat trees for our indoor cats.
As we know, the cat is a ambush master. When he is hunting, he hides somewhere and when his prey is not expecting it, he jumps. That’s why the cat loves to see without being seen. The box perfectly meets the cat’s best place to hide. He can hide there, but also be able to pounce from any side. Also it is the ideal place to be able to retreat from a dangerous situation or simply to avoid confrontation. From his box, he can see the dangers ahead and get out quickly if is cover is made.
Another theory goes back in time when cats were kittens. Surely you have seen kittens stacked one above the other to drink from their mother’s belly. This is the perfect time for a kitten. Warm, wrapped between siblings, he feeds by pushing his front paws on his mother’s belly to force milk to get out. He is soothed by his purring. This feeling of perfect wellbeing would be recovered later by the cat in his adult life when he will want to appease himself. That’s why your cat, with his front paws, tramples your arm, your leg or on the cushion of the couch just as you trying to relax. He sees you and thinks that it is actually a good time to try to relax as well.
That feeling of wellbeing also plays a role in the choice of the box. Have you ever noticed how the selected box is often too small for your cat? All these factors have to be consider when is time to choose a basket, a cushion or a cat tree. Having edges around 2 inches wide in the resting place is often popular with cats. The solidity is also something important. Although there are exceptions, few cats use hammocks that you can found in animal shops. Even if it looks nice, a cat might not lie down on it because he can not get out quickly enough if a danger approaches.
Finally, the place where you put the box or your new purchase is very important. Height is primordial for cats to be able to monitor their environment. Otherwise, a place that allows him to have an overview of the territory and several possibilities of exit will be favored. That’s why many cats do a small 360 before settling. He will capture the entire territory. This is also the reason why a cat prefers to put his back facing a wall and not at the center of the room.
In terms of texture, it depends on everyone’s preference, that may change through the seasons. During heat wave, the coldness of the tile in the bathroom will be more popular while the warmth of a cushion near the fireplace in the winter will be much appreciated. Feel free to change the cushion’s or unused basket’s place for over a week. You will surely see your cat trying it at least once. If he does not return, try another location. You will end up by finding the type and location of “box” he prefers.
One of my favorite moments is to come home with new toys for my dogs. To avoid a flop, here are my tips for choosing the next best toy for your dog.
Everything is a matter of …
Shape, texture, color, size and the sound of the toy are making a difference for your dog. The priority is always to choose a safe toy for your pet. Thereafter, everything is a matter of preference because every dog is different.
Fabrics toys are usually less robust than plastic toys. Noisy toys excite most dogs, but some might be afraid. The size of the toy is essential for your dog to carry the toy and catch it as it wishes.
The color of the toy also affects your companion. Your dog sees colors. Be careful, if you play on the grass and the toy is red, it will appear green for your dog. That can quickly make your dog confused.
What if my dog is destructive?
Dogs that tend to destroy toys, just have not learned to play properly. All dogs love to chew, pull, tear etc. Obviously you do not want your dog to chew the furniture in your house so you give him toys. Your dog then applied that to satisfy his need to chew, it must destroy the toys.
Instead offer him, a bone or a lamella (recommended by your veterinarian). Choose treat toys for your dog so that he will understand that is better to take food from the toy rather than destroy it.
Play “bring back”
- Shake the toy and attract your dog with your voice)
- Throw the toy (not too far away at the beginning and more far after)
- Encourage your dog to go get the toy
- Once your dog has the toy in his mouth, run backwards by making small sounds to motivate your dog to follow you
- When your dog comes to you with his toy, repeat « bring it back»
- Take the toy of your dog and repeat
- Shake the toy (hang the rope or move it quickly on the ground)
- As soon as your dog hangs, make moves horizontally (avoid vertical movements that could injure the neck and the back of your dog)
- Allow your dog to grunt and pull (the grunt when your dog play is not a threat)
- To take breaks, put the toy between your legs and stop all interactions.
- Allow your dog to “drop” the rope by himself and when he does it say “let go” and take the toy.
- If your dog tends to jump, wait until he sits before giving back his toy. Reward your pet by starting back the game.
Finally, remember that for your dog, the best toy does not exist if you are not there to play with him.
We all want the best for our dog and a memory foam bed is now a must at home. Here are my tips to choose and keep it a long time.
Why a memory foam bed?
The memory foam bed has many advantages for all types of dogs. It is relaxing and great for helping your dog to recover. Memory foam is designed to regain its original shape after each use.
– For big dogs that can feel discomfort in the joints because of their fast growth.
– For puppies or dogs who recovering from surgery.
– For dogs with joint problems and special needs.
– For dogs that arrive at a geriatric life stage.
How to choose the perfect size bed?
It is important to always take a bed that is perfectly adapt to the size of your dog. If the bed is too small, the dog will not feel comfortable because it will not extend properly and he will go sleep somewhere else. If the bed is too big, your dog could feel less safe. Memory foam adapts to the shape and position of your favorite pet so that the pressure on the bed is uniform.
Where to place the bed in the house to maximize the comfort of your dog?
The bed of your dog should always be in a room that inhabited by all. If the bed is too isolated from you, your dog will not be interested by it. The memory foam bed is non-skid. This allows you to place it on any type of floor and allow your dog to feel more secure.
What if you have a dog that does not like the bed or worse prefer to destroy it?
Here are some tips to encourage your dog to not destroy the bed and want to rest on it.
– At the beginning, introduce the bed under full supervision and only when your dog is calm and relaxed state.
– Provide stimulating activities like a chew toy or food on the cushion of your dog.
– If your dog loves his cuddles sessions, sit next to the bed and encourage him to sleep in exchange of a caress.
– Educate your dog to go on his bed on your request. Simply drop food or a treat on his pillow whenever there lays a paw. Repeat the previous step until your dog is completely on her cushion. Quickly, your dog will understand that the bed brings rewards and by itself, he will remain more longer. Continue to reward him by your attention and gradually stop give him food and treats.
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