4 important benefits that the right quality bed will offer to a Chihuahua puppy or dog:
1. Proper support.
Prone to both patella luxation and hip dysplasia, it is vital that a Chihuahua have the right orthopedic surface when sleeping
; after all, puppies sleep up to 18 hours and as a Chihuahua matures, this will go down to 12 to 15 hours. That is a good portion of the day that the body will either be resting on the right surface to help ease stress on joints and bones or it will detrimental to the body.
There is no question that adults and senior Chihuahuas need a memory foam mattress, however Chi of all ages can benefit from the restorative qualities that a great canine bed offers and starting off a puppy in a canine bed will allow you to avoid any sort of transition down the line. Where a dog sleeps is a top habit that forms early. This said, a dog will change his habits if it brings about more comfort, security or other elements that he finds favorable.
2. Security. While some say that a Chihuahua has no idea of his size, this is quite an overstatement. Many Chihuahua puppies and dogs are quite aware that so much in their world towers over them. And having the right bed can offer a Chi a feeling of safety and security that toy breeds often desperately need.
When a Chihuahua has his own area to retreat, rest and sleep, he has the quintessential 'den' that canines crave. It offers respite from what may be an overwhelming world. When home alone, a dog will find a sense of security in his bed, which can aid in both stress reduction and ability to nap.
- When a dog is able to enter deep sleep (REM) and truly rest both his body and his mind, he is more agreeable, less moody
and more receptive to his day (walking, interaction, etc.). The right bed will offer optimal comfort for a peaceful and restorative sleep.
4. Hygiene. There are quite a few elements that accumulate on a dog and having a quality bed allows for two things: a surface that resists moisture and a covering that can easily be laundered. Most notably, is body oils; every moment, around the clock, a dog produces natural body oils.