When choosing the bed that is best for your puppy or grown dog, it is important to consider these points: Is your dog potty trained, will your dog grow more, and can your dog be left alone and not chew on the bed. It only takes a few minutes to narrow down your doggie bed search to the type of bed that will work best for your dog.
Beds for Potty Training
The best bed for your dog while you are housebreaking/potty training is a crate. A crate is a box just large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in. Portable crates are usually made of plastic while home use crates are made out of metal. A crate is the best bed for a new puppy that is still learning where and when they should go potty. You can place a blanket or small dog bed in the crate with the dog. Do not leave your dog in the crate for long periods of time. If you must leave your dog in there while you go to work, be sure the dog has water to drink.
If your dog is potty trained, but still is in the process of growing, you might find a soft flat pillow bed will work best for his needs. Because these beds do not have sides on them, the bed will easily fit your dog throughout his growth spurt. Pillow dog beds are often the least expensive, but can be extremely tempting to puppies that are still in their chewing stage.
If Your Dog Likes to Chew
If you do not want to use a crate for your dog that likes to chew everything in site, you might try a chew proof dog bed. These dog beds range from simple non-chewable frame beds to fancy wrought iron dog beds. Of course the fancy wrought iron frames are much more expensive. Either model will keep your dog from chewing the frame.