Puppies are adorable, but puppy care can be quite expensive. One visit to the pet supply store can rack up a big bill once the new puppy owner picks up food, a collar and leash, and an assortment of treats, and toys.
Many first-time puppy owners pick out pricey beds for their young pets, hoping to create cozy nests for these little cuties. Dog training experts, such as Cesar Milan and PetMD, often recommend specific dog beds.
Still, savvy veteran pet lovers often forgo this purchase, opting instead to improvise with items they already own.
Consider these eight ways to make a puppy bed without actually buying one at the pet supply shop.
1. Basket. A large flat-bottomed basket makes a super puppy bed. Just be sure the sides are shallow, so the tiny pup can climb in and out easily. Line the inside with a soft towel or blanket, and it’s ready for use.
2. Box. A low-sided box, such as a sturdy shirt box, can be an ideal bed for the smaller puppy, especially when it holds a fuzzy blanket or an old flannel shirt.
3. Briefcase. Why toss a solid briefcase once the hinges have broken? Once the top and hinges are removed, this flat-sided tote can become a super puppy bed. It may already have a soft suede lining.
4. Dresser drawer. A bureau drawer, set on the floor and containing a fleecy blanket, may make a superb sleeping spot for a puppy, especially if it’s set right next to the pet lover’s own bed.
5. Mat or small rug. A crated pup may sleep best with a padded mat or a small fuzzy bathroom mat.
6. Pillow or cushion. The experienced pet owner might hold onto an old pillow, lawn chair cushion, or foam mattress pad. Any of these items can become excellent puppy beds, particularly when covered with soft sheets or old throws.
7. Suitcase. Like a discarded briefcase, an old suitcase might be transformed into a suitable puppy sleeping spot. For safety, it’s best to remove the top and hinges.
8. Tray. For a small-breed puppy, a simple dinner tray can be a wonderful bed. A soft placemat or small towel makes it especially welcoming and warm.
Despite the puppy owner’s earnest efforts to provide a suitable spot for the new pet to sleep, many cuddly canines almost immediately choose to curl up next to their humans rather than in their own beds. Still, it’s nice to provide a puppy with a snug spot to call his own.
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