The best anti-anxiety dog beds

Because your pooch deserves to sleep peacefully no matter what.

Dog comfy in anti-anxiety dog bed

by Eve Miller |

All dogs love curling up and having a good snooze. The average adult dog can sleep up to 14 hours a day and larger breeds tend to kip for even longer if they fancy it. Sleep is essential to their quality of life and let’s be honest, they look so sweet doing it.

Just like us, feeling anxious or unsafe can make sleeping difficult for dogs and can really throw them off. Dogs can be anxious for many reasons including change of routine, illness, and experiencing trauma. Feeling safe is important for them to get proper rest and the right dog bed can make the world of difference to your pooch.

From products like calming plug-ins and anxiety pet coats, there are loads of anti-anxiety products to choose from for your pup. Anti-anxiety pet beds are comfy and cosy plus they’ll help your dog do what they do best, nap. A good night’s sleep is only a couple of clicks away.

What should you consider when buying an anti-anxiety dog bed?

When making this purchase, make sure to consider your dog’s age and size, plus what their sleeping preferences are. If they tend to pick floors as their sleeping spot then a flatter bed might be a better choice for them. If they need extra support for their joints or head then that can affect your options too. You should also bear in mind where in the house the bed will live for sizing and durability.

If your dog is really struggling with anxiety and anxious behaviour, give your vet a call, you’ll feel better about it.

Where should a dog bed go in your home?

So your dog can have a peaceful night's sleep, make sure their bed is in a private, calm and warm spot. Dogs having their own little private den can really help reduce their anxiety.

Anti-anxiety dog products: Tips from an expert

Of course, there are loads of other products on the market that you can get your hands on, not just dog beds. These pet calming products help to have multiple methods of anti-anxiety, so your pooch doesn't need to be on their bed just to feel safe.

We spoke to Karen Heskin, Head of Pets with Pets at Home, who gave us all the top tips on pet calming products. Here's what she had to say:

"While treats and toys may be enough to distract and calm some pets, for more anxious dogs and cats you may have to explore alternative methods such as anti-anxiety products...

"Pet owners can also try pheromone products such as collars, sprays or plug-in diffusers which replicate natural chemicals released by animals to send a comforting message. For dogs, they will replicate those released by their mother after giving birth to relax their offspring and let them know they are in a safe space.

"For pets who experience anxiety all year long, supplements or tablets can sometimes be the best solution but it’s always best to seek advice from an expert – either by booking an appointment with your local vet or speaking to the pet care advisors in-store at Pets at Home."

So why not give some of these products a try?

Thundershirt The Best Solution For Dog Anxiety

Thundershirt The Best Solution For Dog Anxiety

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Pets at Home

Karen recommended this Thundershirt, saying: "ThunderShirts are a good option, they are anxiety jackets that apply mild but constant pressure to soothe distressed pets in a non-intrusive way. Itu2019s best to introduce your pet to this by wearing it for short intervals at a time in the run-up to Bonfire Night."

Adaptil Dog Appeasing Pheromone Collar for Dogs

Adaptil Dog Appeasing Pheromone Collar for Dogs

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Adaptil is scientifically proven to help support dogs during stressful situations, such as socialisation and training, or during travel and going to the vets. It is also suitable for dogs that experience fears and anxiety regularly, and rescue dogs. Available in sizes S/M and M/L.

Pet Remedy Calming Spray 200ml

Pet Remedy Calming Spray 200ml

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Pets at Home

This calming spray mimics GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) which is a natural calming agent present in all mammals, reptiles, and birds. Available in two sizes (15ml, £6.50 and 200ml, £18.50).

Zylkene 75mg for Cats and Small Dogs 20 Capsules

Zylkene 75mg for Cats and Small Dogs 20 Capsules

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Zylkene contains a natural ingredient derived from casein, which is a protein in milk well known to promote the relaxation of puppies and kittens after breastfeeding. Available in capsules for cats and small dogs (£10), medium dogs (£18) or large dogs (£28).

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