Animal Awareness

Can a comfy dog bed help calm your dog down?

I started writing this with the intention of creating a sort of “dog bed review” article here but instead will focus on the single comfy calming dog bed that has become the standard around here – the Coolaroo dog bed.  As mentioned elsewhere, my wife and I run a sort of informal dog rescue.  Right now we have seven dogs and have had a many as 22 at one time. We’ve been doing this for about 2o years now.

We’ve published another article detailing our experiments in finding an indestructible dog bed. We have aggressive chewers so we went through the rounds for that and, in the end, found beds that are very tough and yet exert a calming influence as well.  We thought it was worth sharing.  A companion page to this calming dog bed page is our page to assist you with calming your dog down.

The bed we’re talking about here is the Coolaroo dog bed, you can find it on Amazon by clicking that link or on the image below.  With over 17,000 reviews averaging out to 4.5+, almost a thousand answered questions, and a very good price, it’s worth a close look.  It’s also quite simple:

Coolaroo dog bed. Tough, relaxing, cool

We’ve bought just about every type of bed you can imagine and have yet to find one that is so universally loved by our pack.  It’s raised, so easy to clean under, which is good as the mesh fabric also acts as kind of a brush and you’ll find a lot of hair under the bed if it’s been in one place for an extended length of time.  Being raised as it is, it also allows air to circulate around the dog so helps keep the dog cool.  It’s easy to clean by just taking it outside and hosing it down, it’s easy to carry around if you need to.  The legs and frame are made of metal and the sleeping area is made of strong mesh.  This mesh fabric is resistant to fleas, mites, mold, and mildew.  The bed weighs about five pounds and takes less than 10 minutes to put together.  We have seen some chewing on the corners but only on one of them and it wasn’t destroyed. It almost like the dogs were just checking it out to see what it was made of.

The Coolaroo dog bed comes in three sizes (small, medium, large) and a variety of colors.  I have seen extra-large on occasion so they are out there but a bit more difficult to find.

We have several throughout property but on a nice day it’s fun to bring them up on the deck so the dogs can get their time in the sun.  They seem to do good in poor weather as well as we have left them out during storms.  Since the construction basically strong fabric mesh and metal, there’s not much that will go bad.  They don’t weigh much so can get blown around in strong winds – keep this in mind if leaving outside in the elements.

The sizes and weight ratings for the beds are as follows.  Dimensions are Length x Width x Height:

  • Small: 35 x 22 x 8 inches, up to 50 lbs
  • Medium: 42 x 25.5 x 8 inches, up to 75 lbs
  • Large: 51 x 31.5 x 8, up to 100 lbs
  • X-Lage: 59.8 x 37 x 8.85, up to 150 lbs

Brother/Sister team Rocket and Rusty are hanging out on the deck below.  Rusty working on that Kong while Rocket just works on her tan. An interesting note is that these are large beds and both Rocket and Rusty can often be found piled up on the same one.  That’s about 120 lbs of dog.

comfy calming dog bed - coolaroo


We’ve seen, and tried the big fluffy beds that are out there and although the dogs do enjoy them, in the end they don’t last.  For our pack, those kinds of beds become almost a form of disposable beds.  Expensive disposable beds.  But, if your dogs are not chewers and you think it would last, there is another extremely comfortable bed that is sure to calm your dog down.  Take a look at the Donut Bed by Best Friends by Sheri:

Calming Dog Bed - Best Friends

This bed is very reasonably priced and has over 10,000 reviews on Amazon with a 4.5+ star rating.  This bed is constructed as a kind of a donut, with a raised edge to support the head and neck and a softer middle so the dog’s body is comfy and cuddly, just how they like it.  The texture on this bed is shag and it is available in a number of different sizes and colors. These dog beds are machine safe for washers and dryers – nothing to remove, just throw the whole thing in the washer.  These beds are lightweight and easy to carry from room to room as needed.  Note on the page, as I mentioned above, you are cautioned against buying this bed for a puppy or a dog with a chewing or teeth disorder.

I hope this has helped a bit.  A good night’s sleep and a nice, save, and cozy place to lay their head is something that can help with any dog’s mood.  A cozy, comfy, calming dog bed is a great way to keep your puppies happy and healthy.