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Calming Dog Beds: How They Work?

Calming Dog Beds: How They Work?
Calming Dog Beds

Calming dog beds are beds specifically designed to relieve anxiety in dogs as well as provide a sense of safety and comfort. Some calming beds are also orthopedic and self-heating.

How Do Calming Dog Beds Work?

The main feature of calming dog beds is raised rims. Raised rims have a calming effect on dogs and they make them feel protected. Raised rims also support the dog’s spine and neck during sleep and help relieve joint and muscle pain. There are several names for calming beds, such as anxiety or anti-anxiety dog beds, anxiety bed for dogs, etc. No matter how you call them, the main purpose of these beds is the same. Provide a warm, safe, comfortable place for dogs to relax, nap, and sleep in.

Types Of Calming Dog Beds

There are several types of calming dog beds:

Cave-Style Dog Bed

When stressed or anxious, dogs like to run to their “safe place.” Cave-Style Dog Bed provides this safe pocket your dog desperately needs in stressful situations.

Donut-Style Dog Bed

Donut-Style Dog Bed is soft, cozy with a raised circle that provides a headrest. Small dog breeds in particular love this type of calming bed for dogs.

Orthopedic Dog Bed

The main “ingredient” of orthopedic dog beds is memory foam which relieves pain and tension in muscles, joints and also provides a comfortable place to sleep and rest. Therefore, an orthopedic calming bed for dogs is perfect for senior dogs that suffer from arthritis. 

Bolster Dog Bed

Bolster Dog Beds are a great option for large dog breeds that love to lean against something while they sleep. These beds have raised edges on three sides that allow dogs to lean on these soft surfaces and feel more safe and comfortable.

Self-Warming Dog Bed

A self-warming bed provides warmth and comfort that can instantly calm and relax an anxious dog.

Things To Consider When Buying A CDB

There are several things you need to consider when buying your dog a new bed:


The most important factor is obviously the size of the bed. It’s doesn’t matter if you bought a state-of-the-art dog bed if your dog can’t fit inside or don’t feel comfortable in it. 

An ideal dog bed should be large enough for your dog to comfortably circle around inside, while still small enough to preserve its cocooning effect.

Resistant To Odors

Look for the bed with faux fur bed covers. Faux fur is anti-bacterial, resists odors and it’s also soft and cozy. 

Non-Slip Bottom

Buy a bed that has a non-slip bottom to prevent injuries, especially in older dogs.

Maschine Washable Fabric

Look for a bed whose inside is made of machine-washable fabric for easier and more effective cleaning. Buying a dog bed with this feature will make it easier for you to clean the bed after accidents.