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.
The best anti-anxiety dog beds 2022
1. Silentnight Donut Pet Bed
Best all-round anti-anxiety dog bed
There for humans and pets, Silentnight has produced a calming dog bed that'll appeal to your pet's natural nesting instinct. This super-soft plush dog bed is comfy and will give your dog a sense of warm security, and reduce stress and anxiety levels when they're home alone. The raised rim is designed to make your dog feel physically supported and safe. It's non-slip, durable, and fully machine washable to keep it smelling fresh.
Sizes available: Small to medium, and medium to large
Colours available: Grey
2. Furhaven Deluxe Orthopaedic Plush Dog Bed
Best anti-anxiety dog bed for dogs that like to spread out
If your dog is prone to flopping on the floor, stretching out and lazing in the sun then this chaise lounge style bed will be the ultimate chill-out space for them. It's soft and will support their head and joints for ultimate secure cosiness. The design gives them a nestling nook so they have a calm zone for sleeping. This velvet bed is also machine washable which is a dream.
Sizes available: This dog bed is jumbo size so will cater to all sizes or even two smaller dogs that like to sleep with each other for comfort
Colours available: Platinum Grey
3. House of Paws Fleece Star Hooded Puppy Bed
Best anti-anxiety dog bed for puppies
In the first few months of their lives, puppies face a lot of change and growth. Most puppies are resilient but even the cheekiest of pups can get anxious from all the change. This deep-filled fleece bed has a hood to help create a little den for your puppy so they have somewhere to feel covered and protected. They can curl up and feel warm for an easy snooze. This bed is also machine washable which is ideal during the potty-training period.
Sizes available: Small
Colours available: Blue and Pink
4. Wainwright's Self Heat Square Bed
Best anti-anxiety dog bed for senior dogs
Older dogs nap a lot more so getting a bed they feel safe in is a great investment in their quality of life. This bed is self-warming so if your older pooch gets chilly, this bed will get them snuggled up in no time. In the summer, you can reverse the cushion so they don't overheat. It's a good size so your dog can get as comfortable as possible in whatever position they want. The raised sides will make them feel safe but they can also perch their head on them so they can see their surroundings.
Sizes available: Large
Colours available: Grey mix
5. The Dog's Bed Sound Sleep Donut Dog Bed
Best anti-anxiety dog bed for small dogs
If your dog is a smaller breed then this doughnut-shaped bed will provide them with a secure and soft sleeping spot. It's really fluffy but also relieves muscle pain with its shape. It's machine washable and perfect for anxious little dogs that like to curl up. It's essentially a safe nest for your dog.
Sizes available: Small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large
Colours available: Silver Grey, Chocolate Brown, Biscuit Beige, Ice White, Jet Black, Rose Pink, Steel Grey and Teddy Bear Brown
6. Best Friends by Sheri Cozy Cuddler Dog Bed with Hooded Blanket
Best anti-anxiety dog bed for medium size dogs
This stylish bed comes in multiple colours and is made from quality machine washable, dirt and water-resistant upholstery material that is really soft. This comfy nook has a versatile design that's durable. The circular design and attached blanket creates a safe feeling environment for your medium breed dog. They can hide in it, all snuggled and sleep away some of their worries
Sizes available: Small and medium
Colours available: Dark Brown, Grey, Tide Pool, Wheat and Oyster
7. JOYELF Large Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed
Best anti-anxiety dog bed for larger dogs
Bigger breeds need a good supportive, large bed that can spread out on and this bed is perfect for that. It's easy to clean and made from high-quality materials but the star of this is the really comfortable memory foam. The sides are raised for support and a feeling of safety that will help them sleep properly
Sizes available: Small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large
Colours available: Beige and Grey mix
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?
Recommended anti-anxiety buys
Thundershirt The Best Solution For Dog Anxiety
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 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
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 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).