Last updated on October 22nd, 2016 at 06:35 pm
A dog sleeping bag resembles human sleeping bags, yet they should not be confused one with another. Simply put, it is a wearable blanket that may or may not be fitted to the dog’s size. It is specifically built to keep
dogs warm and comfortable, regardless of where it is used. Each bag has a few openings for the head, tail and feet. It ensures top notch protection for your dog. If you have ever tried covering your dog with a regular blanket, you have probably noticed already that you need to do it often. When they wake up, they will probably throw the blanket off. The bag is more comfortable and stays attached to your pet more securely. You can consider a dog bed roll as another option for your best bud to sleep in.
If you get a dog sleep sack for your furry friend, you can help provide them with constant warmth. Of course, you may not need it if your dog sleeps indoors, unless your home is subject to drafts or has poor heating. They are also appropriate for camping and traveling adventures. The dog is less likely to throw covers off or wake up cold. Besides, this type of cover is frequently safer, because it is less likely to cover the face. Suffocation is less of a concern and your dog can enjoy its regular sleeping position without waking up scared in the middle of the night.
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Why buy a dog sleep sack
If you have not had a sleeping bag for your dog before or you have just discovered this industry, you will probably be surprised to find out that they are actually very popular. Wondering why? Dogs do not always sleep like people, in a straight position. Sometimes, they may adopt a round position, so covering them while keeping their heads out is often easier said than done. Unfortunately, the discomforts associated with traditional blankets often cause dogs to dislike them.
Other than that, while there are many choices of sleeping bags for dogs, you will have to choose
between two different models – wearable and not wearable. Wearable models fit more snugly and not wearable models are more like pockets. If you choose a wearable unit, buy one that fits perfectly. This way, your dog will enjoy sleeping at a constant temperature.
Such bags are excellent for your peace of mind too. Dogs will frequently wake up many times during the night. They stretch and change positions. Even if your dog accepts a regular blanket, it will not really tuck itself back in. You do not want this constant concern on your mind, so the bag ensures a good enclosure.
It is also important to point out, but a dog sleeping bag provides a good opportunity for training. Obviously, the dog does not have to stick to it all day long. If it is too cold for it or it suffers from arthritis (or other similar diseases), you can just dress them in coat when it is time to go outside. With time, your friend will understand that the sleeping bag indicates sleep time. The dog feels more confident in you, but also quite secure. If properly used, this so called “tool” can help your dog organize its schedule according to yours, so it will no longer feel like playing at 2AM or bored at 5AM.
General things to look for in a dog sleeping bag
It is easy to assume that most dogs have similar needs, but that is not always the truth. The different needs of canines require a large selection of choice. The materials, size, texture and price of dog sleeping bags can vary extensively, but cotton is a popular and affordable choice. High end materials include wool, silk, linen and polyester.
Generally speaking, the bag must be safe and comfortable for your dog. Practicality and quality are just as important when about to make a final choice. You might want to research specific manufacturers or brands before spending any money.
Dogs grow very fast during the first months. This process lasts for around half a year, then it slows down. If you need a dog sleeping bag for a puppy, make sure that you get no more than one size larger than its actual size. This is also why you will run into all kinds of sizes. After all, a Chihuahua puppy cannot be compared to a German Shepherd puppy. Aside from the actual measurements, you should also pay attention to the age indicators. Generally speaking, you may find sleeping bags for small, short, medium and tall breeds. Age is usually represented in 0-6 months, 6-12 months or adults. Of course, such standards vary from one brand to another. Selecting the right size is essential. While a slightly larger unit is a good financial decision in most cases, a bag that is too big invites injury.
How many dog sleeping bags do you need?
While dog sleeping bags are extremely diversified, you do not really need more than one or two. It depends on the
climate. If summer nights are warm and pleasant, you do not need a bag for this time of the year. You only need one for the wintertime. On the other hand, if you camp a lot and nights are cold, get a second bag for the summertime too. The difference stays in the materials and thickness. Obviously, the dog will experience a lot of trouble if you get a very thick bag for the summer. Also, you do not need any spares. Instead, you can typically wash and dry the bag as you would any blanket, although you should check the directions, just in case.
How about the insulation?
There are several types of insulation, yet most people rarely consider them. You can find synthetic, water resistant or down insulation. Goose down insulation is more durable than its synthetic alternative, but it also rises the price a little. At the same time, down becomes useless if it is wet. From this point of view, a water resistant model might make a better option. This is a relative decision that varies from one dog owner to another, so just think about the climate, area and weather conditions.
In the end…
As a final conclusion, choosing he right sleeping bag for dogs is important for their health and comfort. It requires a bit of research, but choosing the right sleeping bag is fairly simple. Keep in mind that your dog’s necessities are your main priorities, so ditch the design and appearance for now.