why your dog needs a den

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having our dogs share our personal space is one of the many joys of pet ownership.  from sleeping in bed with us to friendly bathroom visits, there is no denying that our dogs love being near us!  based on this behavior, it’s easy to assume that co-existing in our human spaces is best for the dog but that is not the case.  in reality, your dog needs a den.

why does my dog need a den?  it’s a dog, not a wolf…

believe it or not, your pup descended from a linage of wild canids that have been on this earth for millions of years but were only domesticated in the past few hundred years!  in turn our dogs have ancient wild instincts deep within them, including the instinct to burrow in dens.  (ever find your pup curled up in the corner of your closet when guests come over?  she’s not being rude, it’s instinctual.)  dens provide a safe refuge for your dog when she is stressed, tired or just needs to escape from the world, promoting both mental and physical wellness.

what is a den?  she already has a dog bed…

a dog den is so much more than a dog bed.  it is a sanctuary where our dogs can retreat to for quiet, rest and a sense of security.  unlike dog beds, dens are enclosed creating a true “home away from home” for our dogs.  dens should be placed out-of-the-way in the home’s common space, as they are not meant to isolate the dog but simply provide a personal and quiet refuge for her amongst her beloved humans.  this den should be off limits to other pets, children and family members, making a true sanctuary for canine r&r.  the easiest and most common form of a dog den is none other than the puppy favorite – a crate!

but crates are ugly…

yes, yes they are.  however, a true den is a place with shelter and walls that evokes a sense of enclosed security for your dog so they are indeed necessary to fulfill your dog’s innate desire to have den.  don’t fret, design diva! molly mutt crate covers are the perfect way to mask a dog crate and create a cozy (and even chic) den for your pup.  with over ten durable and gorgeous pattern options, you won’t have to sacrifice style to deck out this den! 

why does my dog need a bed?

it’s true your dog can sleep anywhere. prime examples? here are some of our favorites from i.imgur.com and google images:

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                                                                                                                                                                          but, despite the very awkward and uncomfortable places they choose to lay their heads, they still need a bed of their own.

1// support and comfort

dog beds serve to cushion your dog’s body from the hard, ungiving floor. young joints, tired from a day of play, as well as old joints, stiff and sore from a life well lived ,can both appreciate a soft place to lay down that lets their body rest comfortably.

this support can also help stop the formation of callouses and hygromas. callouses are the hard, hairless patches of skin, normally on elbows and hips, that develop from constant contact with a hard surface. hygromas are soft, subcutaneous swellings filled with fluid that develop over a pressure point due to the trauma of constantly lying on hard surfaces.

2// warm and cold

a dog bed keeps your dog’s body off the cold floor or hot pavement. it helps her regulate her body temperature and remain comfortable during sleep. just because your pup has fur, doesn’t mean she can get a good night’s rest if she’s too hot or too cold. you can even take the added step of using a bed that is stuffed with wool, a material that naturally warms your dog in the winter and cools her in the summer!

3// hair and odor control

no matter how clean your dog is or how often you brush her, most of the time she will still shed and she will still smell like a dog. by providing a place that is hers and hers alone, you can reduce the amount of places she chooses to rest. in doing so, you’ll reduce the number of areas in your house that look and smell like they belong to the dog.

4// furniture and personal pace

in the same vein as number 3, protecting your furniture and your personal space is a big benefit of providing your dog with a bed of her own. we recommend you train your dog to go to her bed when you are doing other basic training. she will quickly learn where her space is and where your space is. this will also ensure you both get a better night’s sleep. most dogs don’t sleep as soundly as humans do, so every time you move, your pup wakes up. and for you, having the space to stretch out in bed may be just what the doctor ordered!

5// space and security

we all like a place we can call our own and your dog is no different. households can be busy places. providing a place where your dog can go lay down, away from the hustle and bustle (but still in the same room where you spend most of your time) will help your dog reduce stress, rest when she needs to and enjoy some needed alone time.

pattern play: northwestern girls and the dogs who love it

there is a damp chill to the northwestern air that drives people indoors and makes thoughts of warm fires, cozy lodges, and friends gathered round for a game of cards so enticing. this contrast between the gray, foggy days and the warmth of diving deep under the covers for a sound sleep (day or night!) is what inspired our northwestern girls pattern. like the comfort of a well-loved plaid shirt, this duvet will always provides a welcome respite for your pup against the elements outside.

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you can find more pictures of these beautiful pups on their instagram accounts, in order from left to right: @heytheregeorgiegirl_, @jengeambazi, @mollymayhem, @my_dog_likes, @shutupayouface and @tamismith75. a big thanks to each of them for being molly mutt fans!